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August 29, 2015

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August 29, 2015

Aug. 26, 2015 — A new study shows that childhood cancer survivors suffering one stroke have double the risk of suffering a second stroke, when compared with non-cancer stroke ... read more

Primary Prevention Use of Statins Increases Among the Oldest Old

Aug. 24, 2015 — The use of statins for primary prevention in patients without vascular disease older than 79 increased between 1999 and 2012, although there is little randomized evidence to guide the use of these ... read more

Safinamide in Parkinson's Disease: No Hint of Added Benefit

Aug. 19, 2015 — Regarding Safinamide in Parkinson's disease, reviewers state that since since relevant study data were not considered, analyses in the dossier were incomplete regarding serious side effects in ... read more

Making the 9-1-1 Call for Stroke Differs by Race, Sex

Aug. 12, 2015 — During a stroke, slightly more than half of patients use emergency medical services to get to the hospital, with white women the most likely, and Hispanic men the least likely to use EMS transport. ... read more

Aug. 12, 2015 — Cells are powered by tiny energy reactors called mitochondria. When damaged, they leak destructive molecules that can cause substantial harm and eventually kill brain cells. A protein called PINK1 ... read more

Higher Risk of Death from Heart Attack, Stroke for People With Spinal Arthritis

Aug. 12, 2015 — People with a type of spinal arthritis called ankylosing spondylitis (AS) have a higher risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke than the general population, a new study ... read more

New, Rapid Dementia Screening Tool Rivals 'Gold Standard' Clinical Evaluations

Aug. 12, 2015 — Determining whether or not an individual has dementia and to what degree is a long and laborious process that can take an experienced professional such as a clinician about four to five hours to ... read more

Aug. 12, 2015 — A high proportion of reproductive-age women may be experiencing pelvic pain that goes untreated, according to a study. As the researchers expected, reports of pain were highest for women diagnosed ... read more

Experts Suggest Upgrades to Current Heart Disease Prevention Guideline

Aug. 11, 2015 — Acknowledging key strengths and 'lessons learned,' experts suggest upgrades to current heart disease prevention guidelines. The recommendations are designed, the authors say, to improve ... read more

Aug. 10, 2015 — Southern favorites like fried chicken and bacon may taste great when consumed, but they can have negative effects on heart health, according to ... read more

Cardiovascular Benefits to Testosterone Replacement, Study of 83,000 Veterans Finds

Aug. 10, 2015 — Men whose low testosterone was restored to normal through gels, patches, or injections had a lower risk of heart attack, stroke, or death from any cause, versus similar men who were not treated, a ... read more

Common Medications Could Delay Brain Injury Recovery

Aug. 9, 2015 — Drugs used to treat common complaints could delay the recovery of brain injury patients according to new ... read more

Kidney Impairment Decreases Blood Flow to the Brain, Boosting Risk of Brain Disorders

Aug. 6, 2015 — Poor kidney function was strongly related to decreased blood flow to the brain, report researchers following a population-based study. Poor kidney function was linked to stroke and dementia most ... read more

Normalization of Testosterone Level After Testosterone Replacement Therapy Could Decrease Risk of Cardiovascular Events and Mortality in Men

Aug. 5, 2015 — Patients with low testosterone levels who have then gone on to have testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) could be at lower risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack or stroke, according to ... read more

People With Low Scores on Test of Thinking Skills May Be at Higher Risk for Heart Attack

Aug. 5, 2015 — People with low scores on a test of executive function, the higher-level thinking skills used to reason, problem solve and plan, may be at higher risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a new ... read more

Stroke Therapy Put to the Test in Preclinical Randomized Controlled Trial

Aug. 5, 2015 — In the midst of what some call a 'crisis' in the ability to replicate results of laboratory studies, a European consortium has conducted a preclinical randomized controlled trial (pRCT) -- ... read more

Dementia Patients, Caregivers Prefer Better Care, Support Over Research for Alzheimer's Cure

Aug. 3, 2015 — A new study found most people with dementia and those caring for them ranked funding for caregiving support and long-term care ahead of funding research to find a ... read more

Pharmacists Help Patients With Hypertension

July 30, 2015 — Patients with hypertension benefit from interacting with a medical team that includes a pharmacist. Two studies showed pharmacist-included care teams delivered more hands-on and tailored medication ... read more

COPD Knowledge Severely Lacking, Impacts Quality of Life, Care American Study Finds

July 30, 2015 — In a new American national survey of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients, investigators reveal a surprising lack of awareness of risk factors and knowledge of diagnosis stage among ... read more

Naturally Occurring Protein Fragment Found in the Brain Inhibits Key Enzyme Implicated in Alzheimer's Disease

July 29, 2015 — A natural protein fragment produced in the brain can act as an inhibitor of a key enzyme implicated in the onset of Alzheimer's disease, researchers have discovered for the first time. This is a ... read more

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