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First Systemic Evidence for Safety of tPA in Stroke Patients With Sickle Cell Disease

Apr. 11, 2017 — Adult patients with sickle cell disease who experience a stroke caused by a clot (i.e., ischemic strokes) can be treated safely with tissue plasminogen activator if they qualify, report ... read more

Insomnia Associated With Increased Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

Mar. 31, 2017 — Insomnia is associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke, according to new ... read more

Molecular Therapy Set to Protect at-Risk Patients Against Heart Attack and Stroke

Mar. 30, 2017 — Even a single dose of a specific ribonucleic acid molecule, known as a small interfering RNA (siRNA), offers patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease long-lasting protection against high LDL ... read more

Hepatitis B and C May Be Linked to Increased Risk of Parkinson's Disease

Mar. 31, 2017 — The viruses hepatitis B and C may both be associated with an increased risk of Parkinson's disease, according to a study. The hepatitis virus affects the ... read more

Apixaban Superior to Warfarin for Reducing Brain Bleeds in Patients With AFib

Mar. 29, 2017 — Patients with atrial fibrillation showed a substantially reduced risk of dangerous bleeding in the brain, known as intracranial hemorrhage, when taking the newer anticoagulant apixaban compared to ... read more

Music Therapy Reduces Pain in Spine Surgery Patients

Mar. 29, 2017 — Music therapy has been found to decrease pain in patients recovering from spine surgery, compared to a control group of patients who received standard postoperative care ... read more

Streamlining Faster Care for EMS Triage, Transport of Stroke Patients

Mar. 28, 2017 — Getting the right treatment fast can help improve patient outcomes when it comes to stroke patients. A new process will help streamline the initial emergency care of stroke patients, report ... read more

Neurological Diseases Cost the US Nearly $800 Billion Per Year

Mar. 28, 2017 — A new article reports the most common neurological diseases pose a serious annual financial burden for the ... read more

Scientists Achieve Research Milestone With Parkinson's Disease

Mar. 27, 2017 — In a Phase I clinical study, researchers were able to transform the immune system by taking cells damaged in Parkinson’s disease and making them cells that protect and defend against brain ... read more

Alzheimer's Disease: On the Hunt for the Biomarker Signal for Early Detection

Mar. 27, 2017 — Around 100,000 Austrians suffer from Alzheimer's disease and 16,000 from Parkinson's. Experts estimate that, in view of the ageing population, these numbers are set to triple over the next ... read more

Concern Over High US Prescribing Levels of Common Drug Linked to Dementia

Mar. 27, 2017 — A new analysis raises concern over high prescription rates in the USA of a common drug used to treat overactive bladder. The drug, oxybutynin, when taken orally, is consistently linked with cognitive ... read more

Exercising 2.5 Hours Per Week Associated With Slower Declines in Parkinson's Disease Patients

Mar. 23, 2017 — Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive condition that often results in mobility impairments and can lead to decreased health-related quality of life (HRQL) and death. There is evidence that ... read more

Scientific Discovery May Change Treatment of Parkinson

Mar. 22, 2017 — When monitoring Parkinson's disease, SPECT imaging of the brain is used for acquiring information on the dopamine activity. A new study shows that the dopamine activity observed in SPECT imaging ... read more

Mar. 20, 2017 — A multicenter trial looking at whether a single dose of millions of adult, bone-marrow-derived stem cells can aid stroke recovery indicates it's safe and well-tolerated by patients but may not ... read more

Evolocumab Significantly Reduces Risk of Cardiovascular Events

Mar. 17, 2017 — Evolocumab, one of the new targeted PCSK9 inhibitor drugs that has been shown to dramatically lower levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, also significantly lowers the ... read more

New Study Finds Antithrombotic Therapy Has No Benefit for Low-Risk Atrial Fibrillation Patients

Mar. 17, 2017 — Findings from a large, community-based study show that antithrombotic therapy doesn't decrease low-risk atrial fibrillation patients' risk of suffering a stroke within five ... read more

Reduced Dose of Warfarin Alternative May Help Prevent Strokes in Dialysis Patients

Mar. 16, 2017 — In dialysis patients who took 2.5 mg of apixaban twice daily, blood concentrations of the drug were maintained at therapeutic ... read more

Link Between Drug Use and Poor Dental Health Confirmed

Mar. 16, 2017 — A new review has found that dental patients with substance use disorders have more tooth decay and periodontal disease than the general population, but are less likely to receive dental care. With ... read more

Bowel Cancer Medication Could Help Combat Early-Onset Parkinson's Disease

Mar. 14, 2017 — Folinic acid can protect neurons in fruit flies, report scientists. The study suggests that folinic acid, which is used in medications to treat bowel cancer, can also protect neurons associated with ... read more

Underuse of Anti-Clotting Therapies Common Among Patients With Atrial Fibrillation Who Have a Stroke

Mar. 14, 2017 — Inadequate use of anticoagulation therapies was prevalent among patients with atrial fibrillation who experienced a stroke, according to a ... read more

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