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February 6, 2016

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February 6, 2016

Future Help for Stroke Patients With Language Problems

Feb. 1, 2016 — A new method of analysis to distinguish between stroke patients with language problem has been developed by a brain researcher. The result may be individualized treatment for each ... read more

Awareness of Aspirin's Benefits Saves Lives

Jan. 29, 2016 — A new study has found that the University of Minnesota's "Ask About Aspirin" initiative, a statewide public health campaign, is likely a beneficial and cost-effective way to reduce the ... read more

Billing Code Invalid Measure to Identify Nurse Anesthetist Stand-Alone Practice

Jan. 25, 2016 — Nurse anesthetists often receive guidance from physician anesthesiologists, yet bill their time as if they are making decisions alone, according to a recent study of more than 9,000 ... read more

Patients Who Are Not Prescribed Opioids Find More Improvements in Physical Function

Jan. 22, 2016 — Opioids may help some patients suffering neuropathic pain, but do not help with mobility and function, according to ... read more

Chronic Stress, Anxiety Can Damage the Brain, Increase Risk of Major Psychiatric Disorders

Jan. 21, 2016 — People need to find ways to reduce chronic stress and anxiety in their lives or they may be at increased risk for developing depression and even dementia, a new scientific review paper ... read more

Jan. 20, 2016 — Correctly diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease remains a challenge for medical professionals. Now, a new study reveals a new clue to possible ... read more

Blacks Are at Higher Risk for First Stroke, New Data Show

Jan. 20, 2016 — Blacks are nearly three times more likely to have a stroke at age 45 than whites, new data show. By age 85, there is no difference in stroke risk for the two races. Also, race did not appear to ... read more

Stroke Patients Should Be Screened for Silent Heart Disease to Prevent Thousands of Deaths, Experts Urge

Jan. 19, 2016 — More than a third of stroke patients with no known history of heart disease have significant tightening of the arteries around their heart (coronary artery disease) and three percent will go on to ... read more

Study May Explain Why Stroke Risk in Women Changes After Menopause

Jan. 19, 2016 — Overactive microglia—the brain’s immune cells—may worsen the damage from brain injury after stroke or head impact. A new study reports that a compound produced from estrogen called ... read more

Key Pathway Involved in Blood Vessel Occlusion Discovered

Jan. 14, 2016 — Researchers have made a breakthrough in understanding blood vessel occlusion by discovering a novel pathway involved in this ... read more

New Tool May Help Predict Patients' Motor Function Recovery After Stroke

Jan. 14, 2016 — Graph theoretical analysis is proving to be helpful in understanding complex networks in the brain. Investigators used a graph theoretical approach in examining the changes in the configuration of ... read more

England: 2,500 Heart Attacks, Strokes Prevented Over 5 Years

Jan. 13, 2016 — The first major evaluation of the NHS Health Check in England has found that the program is effectively identifying people at risk of developing a major cardiovascular incident such as heart attack ... read more

High Levels of Urate in Blood Associated With Lower Risk of Parkinson's Disease

Jan. 13, 2016 — Men who have high levels of urate, also known as uric acid, in their blood may be less likely to develop Parkinson's disease, according to a new ... read more

Vaccine Targets Alzheimer's Disease-Like Characteristics in People With Down Syndrome

Jan. 13, 2016 — In the first clinical trial of its type, researchers will test the safety and tolerability of an immunotherapy vaccine that targets Alzheimer’s disease-like characteristics in adults with Down ... read more

Researchers Discover Novel Factor in Parkinson's Disease

Jan. 12, 2016 — A previously unknown cellular defect in patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease has been discovered, report researchers who also say that they have identified a sequence of pathological ... read more

Jan. 12, 2016 — Lewy bodies had been considered to be a key element of pathogenesis for Parkinson’s disease. Although structural analysis for Lewy bodies with an electron microscope had been performed, it had no ... read more

Brain's Immune Cells Key to Maintaining Blood-Brain Barrier

Jan. 11, 2016 — New research shows that the cells responsible for protecting the brain from infection and inflammation are also responsible for repairing the system of defenses that separates the brain from the rest ... read more

Could a Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Be a Potential Treatment for Parkinson's?

Jan. 11, 2016 — A clinical trial using cholesterol-lowering treatment Simvastatin in people living with Parkinson's is getting underway in centers across England -- with the hope that it could become one of a ... read more

Survey Finds 73 Percent Unaware of Stroke Symptoms

Jan. 11, 2016 — People under the age of 45 were asked what they would do in the first three hours of experiencing symptoms of a stroke. A staggering 73 percent said they would put off going to the hospital and would ... read more

'Window of Recovery' Can Reopen After Stroke

Jan. 7, 2016 — Using mice whose front paws were still partly disabled after an initial induced stroke, researchers report that inducing a second stroke nearby in their brains let them 'rehab' the animals ... read more

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