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April 28, 2015

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April 28, 2015

Apr. 23, 2015 — Air pollution, even at moderate levels, has long been recognized as a factor in raising the risk of stroke. A new study suggests that long-term exposure can cause damage to brain structures and ... read more

How to Stop a Stroke in Its Tracks

Apr. 23, 2015 — New minimally invasive surgical devices called stentrievers are enabling brain surgeons to stop strokes in their ... read more

Discovery Could Impact Study of Chronic Pain Conditions

Apr. 22, 2015 — Researchers have uncovered the critical role in pain processing of a gene associated with a rare disease. Their breakthrough paves the way for a better understanding of chronic pain conditions, they ... read more

Two Different Carotid Artery Stenting Procedures Show Little Difference in Effectiveness

Apr. 20, 2015 — Use of either proximal embolic protection devices (P-EPDs) or distal filter embolic protection devices (F-EPDs) during elective carotid artery stenting results in low rates of in-hospital stroke and ... read more

Adherence to Blood Thinner Best With Pharmacist Management, Expert Says

Apr. 14, 2015 — Patients are more likely to take a new type of blood thinner correctly and without missing doses when they are managed by pharmacists, rather than only by doctors or nurses, according to a new ... read more

No Long-Term Survival Difference Found Between Types of Mitral Valve Replacements

Apr. 14, 2015 — In a comparison of mechanical prosthetic vs bioprosthetic mitral valves among patients 50 to 69 years of age undergoing mitral valve replacement, there was no significant difference in survival at 15 ... read more

UK Research Cash for Dementia, Stroke Still Way Too Low, Experts Say

Apr. 13, 2015 — The amount of government money pumped into dementia and stroke research in the UK has risen significantly in recent years, but it is still way too low when compared with the economic and personal ... read more

Some Atrial Fibrillation Patients Receive Unnecessary Blood Thinners

Apr. 13, 2015 — About a quarter of all atrial fibrillation patients at the lowest risk for stroke receive unnecessary blood thinners from cardiology specialists, according to researchers, and these providers must be ... read more

Pain Management Study Reveals Patient Confusion About Opioid Addiction

Apr. 13, 2015 — Emergency department patients have misperceptions about opioid dependence and want more information about their pain management options, according to a new study. The study found that patients seen ... read more

Stroke from Poor Air Quality

Apr. 13, 2015 — Air pollution and smog have health consequences for affected populations ranging from respiratory problems to death. Fine particulate matter especially has become the focus in recent years, because ... read more

Mental Practice, Physical Therapy Effective Treatment for Stroke, Research Shows

Apr. 9, 2015 — A combination of mental practice and physical therapy is an effective treatment for people recovering from a stroke, according to researchers. Mental practice and physical therapy are interventions ... read more

Clot-Busting Drug Benefits Stroke Patients, Brain Scan Study Shows

Apr. 9, 2015 — A drug that breaks up blood clots in the brains of stroke patients could be used more widely than at present without increased risk, a brain scan study suggests. It had previously been thought that ... read more

Strokes Can Double the Likelihood of Attempted Suicide

Apr. 8, 2015 — Stroke patients can be up to twice as likely to commit suicide compared with the rest of the population, and the risk of attempted suicide is highest within the first two years after a stroke. ... read more

Apr. 7, 2015 — A drug discovery could hold promise in the fight against the devastating effects of Alzheimer's Disease. Scientists, using a animal model, have completed research to suggest that the drug ... read more

Apr. 7, 2015 — Combining nortriptyline and morphine provides better pain relief than using either drug alone, according to a new study. "Chronic pain is an increasingly common problem and can exert disastrous ... read more

Stroke Classification System Called TOAST Is Easy to Use and Effective

Apr. 7, 2015 — A stroke classification system called TOAST is easy to use and effective, neurologists report. TOAST is used to classify ischemic strokes, which are caused by blood clots and account for about 85 ... read more

Targeting Dangerous Inflammation Inside Artery Plaque

Apr. 3, 2015 — A nanotherapeutic medicine can halt the growth of artery plaque cells resulting in the fast reduction of the inflammation that may cause a heart attack, a new study shows. "Nanotherapeutically ... read more

Dying Patients' Choices Not Always Aligned to Caregivers'

Apr. 2, 2015 — An illuminating study compares the willingness of stage IV cancer patients, and their caregivers; to pay to extend their lives by one year against that of other end-of-life ... read more

Neurologists' Focus on Face-to-Face Time With Patients Undervalued by Medicare, Report Suggests

Apr. 1, 2015 — Most neurologists provide face-to-face care of neurology patients, many of whom have complex condition such as Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and Parksinson’s disease – diseases that require ... read more

Presence of Heart Pouch May Explain Strokes of Unknown Origin, Study Finds

Apr. 1, 2015 — A pouchlike structure inside the heart's left atrial chamber in some people may explain strokes that otherwise lack an identifiable cause, according to researchers. Stroke is the leading cause ... read more

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