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Sunday Night (TV) News Story in Australia

“The New Stroke Treatment That’s Changing Lives”

Sunday Night (Australia), March 29, 2015


On March 29, 2015 the television news program “Sunday Night” in Australia aired a national news feature story about INR’s perispinal etanercept stroke treatment. The story was entitled “The New Stroke Treatment That’s Changing Lives”, and it is accessible online at this link:

Sunday Night “The New Stroke Treatment That’s Changing Lives”.

In the television feature, the clinical results of two patients treated at the INR by INR Los Angeles medical director Nancy Kim M.D., are depicted. The story was filmed both in Los Angeles at the time of treatment and in Australia, after each of the patients returned home.

Disclaimer: Individual results vary, not all patients respond. Continuing maintenance treatment may be necessary to maintain the clinical response. Treatment for this indication is off-label. Please see the Terms of Use. The method of treatment utilized is a patented invention of the INR. Issued and pending U.S. and foreign patents, including, but not limited to, U.S. 6419944, 6537549, 6982089, 7214658, 7629311, 8119127, 8236306, 8349323 and 8900583 all assigned to TACT IP, LLC; and Australian patent 758523.


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From Somalia to the INR in Florida, June 1, 2015

Patient from Somalia and son at the INR in Boca Raton with Dr. Tobinick, minutes after treatment.

Patient from Somalia and son at the INR in Boca Raton with Dr. Tobinick, minutes after treatment.


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Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled etanercept for Alzheimer’s clinical trial results publish

Issue 10, volume 4, Supplement of Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, Session 04-11-02, P273, entitled “The Safety and Tolerability of etanercept in Alzheimer’s disease (STEADI-09): A Phase II Double Blind Randomised Placebo Controlled Trial”, principal investigator Clive Holmes MD, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom, contains the first double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled data supporting the therapeutic efficacy of etanercept for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The abstract of this study (full-text here) published in this issue in July 2014. The abstract concludes:

This study shows good tolerability and safety of Etanercept in the subjects with Alzheimer’s Disease. This study is also supportive of beneficial cognitive, behavior and activities of daily living in subjects taking subcutaneous Etanercept.”

A 2008 article in BBC News had previously discussed the favorable results of etanercept for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease in a study whose lead author was Edward Tobinick M.D. The article reported at the time that Clive Holmes MD was interested in taking on further research utilizing this treatment approach.


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Further recognition of the scientific rationale for TNF inhibition in stroke models

May 10, 2014

Two scientists from the UCLA Department of Neurology have published a new research article entitled “Intracerebral hemorrhage in mouse models: therapeutic interventions and functional recovery“,  Metab Brain Dis. 2014 epub May 10.

The authors recognize intracerebral hemorrhage as a subtype of focal stroke and the most common form of brain hemorrhage. The authors explain,

With direct blood extravasation into brain, secondary inflammation is a substantial feature. Drugs which reduce neuroinflammation enhance functional recovery. Lei and colleagues targeted tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha), a cytokine that is secreted by the microglia in response to injury and acts as a prime neuroinflammatory mediator causing progressive damage. A single dose of TNF-alpha antibody … showed evidence of reduced neuroinflammation and improved functional deficit….”


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