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July 28, 2015

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July 28, 2015

Hospitals Often Overestimate Their Ability to Deliver Fast Stroke Care

July 22, 2015 — When asked about administering the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator to stroke patients, hospital staff perceptions did not always line up with actual performance. Only 29 percent of ... read more

July 13, 2015 — Researchers have identified a promising stem cell based-therapy to address the chronic pain that affects more than one-third of the US adult population. In mice, bone marrow stromal cells were found ... read more

July 13, 2015 — When a spouse is cognitively impaired, marital communication is impaired. As Alzheimer's disease (AD) progresses, language problems increase in frequency -- such as searching for the right word ... read more

Uric Acid May Lessen Women's Disability After Stroke

July 9, 2015 — Forty-two percent of women treated with uric acid had less disability three months after a stroke compared with women given a placebo, report researchers who say that women benefit from uric acid ... read more

Opioids May Not Spell Relief for Chronic Back Pain Sufferers With Depression, Anxiety

July 9, 2015 — Patients who were prescribed opioids to treat chronic lower back pain experienced significantly less pain relief and were more likely to abuse their medication when they had psychiatric disorders, a ... read more

Secondhand Smoke Increases Stroke Risk by 30 Percent for Nonsmokers

July 9, 2015 — Nearly 800,000 people in the US suffer a stroke each year. Stroke is responsible for one out of every 19 deaths in the US and it is a leading cause of disability. A new study has found that ... read more

Memory, Thinking Ability Keep Getting Worse for Years After a Stroke, New Study Finds

July 7, 2015 — A stroke happens in an instant. And many who survive one report that their brain never works like it once did. But new research shows that these problems with memory and thinking ability keep getting ... read more

Life Expectancy Substantially Lower With Combination of Diabetes, Stroke or Heart Attack

July 7, 2015 — In an analysis that included nearly 1.2 million participants and more than 135,000 deaths, mortality associated with a history of diabetes, stroke or heart attack was similar for each condition, and ... read more

Typically Disregarded Brain Lesions May Warn of Heightened Stroke Risk

July 6, 2015 — Scientists have found that very small brain lesions noted on brain imaging that would typically be disregarded by clinicians are associated with a heightened risk of stroke and death. The discovery ... read more

July 6, 2015 — A new article reports on use of optical coherence tomography to obtain high-resolution images showing blood-flow dynamics in the brain before, during, and after stroke-like states. The information ... read more

New Study Again Shows: More Strokes With Intracranial Stents

July 6, 2015 — A new study confirms that iff, after a stroke, patients also have stents inserted into blood vessels of the brain, new strokes occur considerably more ... read more

Rapid Response to Kids' Stroke Symptoms May Speed Diagnosis

July 2, 2015 — A rapid response plan for children at a hospital quickly identified stroke and other neurological problems. One in four children with stroke-like symptoms were diagnosed with stroke and 14 percent ... read more

Clot-Removal Devices Now Recommended for Some Stroke Patients

June 29, 2015 — Updated stroke treatment recommendations include using a stent retrieval device to remove blood clots from large arteries in select patients. Clot-busting medication -- tPA -- continues to be the ... read more

High Blood Pressure Linked to Reduced Alzheimer's Risk, Meds May Be Reason

June 26, 2015 — People with a genetic predisposition to high blood pressure have a lower risk for Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests. However, authors conclude the connection may have more to do with ... read more

June 26, 2015 — Studies on mice reveal that a special protein in the brain's tiniest blood vessels may affect the risk of stroke. Scientists are learning how the blood-brain barrier develops and what makes the ... read more

What Controls Blood Flow in the Brain?

June 25, 2015 — Scientists present the strongest evidence yet that smooth muscle cells surrounding blood vessels in the brain are the only cells capable of contracting to control blood vessel diameter and thus ... read more

Redrawing the Language Map of the Brain

June 25, 2015 — For 140 years, scientists' understanding of language comprehension in the brain came from individuals with stroke. But now they have redrawn that brain map based on new research with individuals ... read more

Road Traffic Noise Linked to Deaths, Increased Strokes

June 23, 2015 — Living in an area with noisy road traffic may reduce life expectancy. Research has found a link between long-term exposure to road traffic noise and deaths, as well as a greater risk of stroke, ... read more

Parkinson's Disease May Begin in the Gut

June 23, 2015 — A major epidemiological registry-based study indicates that Parkinson's disease begins in the gastrointestinal tract. The study is the largest in the field so ... read more

Patient Controlled Analgesia in the Emergency Department Is Effective

June 22, 2015 — Two studies are the first to track the effectiveness of patient-controlled pain relief (PCA - patient-controlled analgesia) in patients from the Emergency Department to the ward. The studies show ... read more

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