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December 1, 2015

Researchers Find New Risk Posed by Opioid Pain Medication

Nov. 17, 2015 — Patients with no recent history of taking opioid pain medication had a 25 percent higher risk of chronically using the drugs if they received them when discharged from the hospital, according to ... read more

Alzheimer's Patients' Health Care Costs Higher Already Before Diagnosis: Finnish Study

Nov. 16, 2015 — The health care costs of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease (AD) start to increase already one year before the diagnosis, shows a new study. The differences in the health care costs ... read more

Bang for the Buck in Stroke Prevention: New and Old Drugs

Nov. 6, 2015 — When it comes to preventing stroke, millions of Americans with irregular heartbeats face a choice: Take one of the powerful but pricey new pills they see advertised on TV, or a much cheaper ... read more

MRI-Based Screening Improves Assignment of Stroke Patients to Endovascular Treatment

Nov. 6, 2015 — A new system for determining which patients with severe strokes are most likely to benefit from catheter-based systems for blood clot removal led to a greater percentage of screened patients ... read more

Estrogen Drug May Not Benefit Women With Alzheimer's Dementia

Nov. 4, 2015 — An estrogen-like drug, raloxifene, has no demonstrated benefit on memory and thinking skills for women with dementia due to Alzheimer's disease, according to a new ... read more

Endovascular Intervention Compared to Standard Treatment for Stroke

Nov. 3, 2015 — In a meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke, an endovascular intervention (such as use of a very small catheter to remove a blood clot) compared to ... read more

Righting a Wrong? Right Side of Brain Can Compensate for Post-Stroke Loss of Speech

Nov. 3, 2015 — After a debate that has lasted more than 130 years, researchers have found that loss of speech from a stroke in the left hemisphere of the brain can be recovered on the back, right side of the brain. ... read more

New Genetic Risk Marker for Late-Life Depression

Nov. 3, 2015 — One of the most powerful predictors in neuropsychiatry is the epsilon 4 (?4) allele of the apolipoprotein gene (APOE). Individuals who carry this ?4 variant of APOE are at increased risk for ... read more

Nov. 2, 2015 — Eye drops have been used to deliver the gene for a growth factor called granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) in a mouse model of brain ischemia. The treatment led to a significant reduction ... read more

Forget Counting Sheep Therapy Could Help Chronic Pain Sufferers Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Oct. 30, 2015 — Research indicates that chronic pain sufferers could benefit from therapy to help them sleep ... read more

Scientists Identify Main Component of Brain Repair After Stroke

Oct. 28, 2015 — Looking at brain tissue from mice, monkeys and humans, scientists have found that a molecule known as growth and differentiation factor 10 is a key player in repair mechanisms following stroke. The ... read more

Researchers Study Differences in Ischemic Stroke in Marijuana Users

Oct. 26, 2015 — Strokes in young adults who use marijuana are more likely to be caused by stenosis, narrowing of the arteries, in the skull than strokes in non-users, new research shows. Previous studies found an ... read more

Oct. 26, 2015 — Researchers have identified a molecule that, after a stroke, signals brain tissue to form new connections to compensate for the damage and initiate repairs to the ... read more

Treatment Outcomes of Brain Hemorrhage After Thrombolysis for Stroke

Oct. 26, 2015 — Treating brain hemorrhage (symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhage, sICH) after clot-busting thrombolysis for stroke was not associated with a reduced likelihood of in-hospital death or expansion of the ... read more

Antidepressants, Alzheimer's Disease Drugs Might Boost Recovery in Stroke Patients

Oct. 22, 2015 — Evidence is mounting that drugs used to treat depression and Alzheimer's disease also can help patients recover from strokes. Speech and physical therapies traditionally have been the mainstays ... read more

Researchers Find AKI a Predictor of Higher Mortality Rates for Stroke Patients

Oct. 20, 2015 — Ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke patients who suffer from acute kidney injury requiring dialysis have higher death rates and greater odds of entering long-term care or nursing facilities after ... read more

Oct. 20, 2015 — A newly-developed protein has successfully prevented dementia from occurring in lab mice carrying human Alzheimer's genes, raising the possibility for development of new treatments for the ... read more

Oct. 19, 2015 — A blood test that can accurately detect early-stage Parkinson's disease and differentiate it from later stages of the disease has been developed by a group of ressearchers. The test can also ... read more

Scientists Close in on a Blood Test for Alzheimer's Disease

Oct. 18, 2015 — Researchers are nearing development of a blood test that can accurately detect the presence of Alzheimer's disease, which would give physicians an opportunity to intervene at the earliest, most ... read more

Pacemakers Identify Atrial Fibrillation and Enable Initiation of Stroke Prevention

Oct. 17, 2015 — Pacemakers identify atrial fibrillation and enable initiation of anticoagulation to prevent strokes, according to new ... read more

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