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February 28, 2017

Alzheimer's Drug Prescribed Off-Label Could Pose Risk for Some

Feb. 25, 2017 — Donepezil, a medication that is approved to treat people with Alzheimer's disease, should not be prescribed for people with mild cognitive impairment without a genetic test. Researchers ... read more

Regular Aerobic Exercise Beginning in Middle Age May Lessen Severity of Stroke in Old Age

Feb. 24, 2017 — Regular aerobic exercise may protect the collateral circulation and lessen the severity of strokes later in ... read more

Receiving a Clot-Buster Drug Before Reaching the Hospital May Reduce Stroke Disability

Feb. 23, 2017 — A preliminary study shows that giving a clot-busting drug in a mobile stroke unit ambulance may lead to less disability after stroke, compared to when the clot-buster is given after reaching the ... read more

Many Stroke Patients Do Not Receive Life-Saving Therapy

Feb. 23, 2017 — Many ischemic stroke patients do not get tPA, which can decrease their chances for recovery. Blacks, Hispanics, women and 'Stroke Belters' are less likely to get tPA. Patients treated in ... read more

Feb. 14, 2017 — The older we get, the more our brain ages. Cognitive abilities decline and the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases like dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease or having a stroke ... read more

With Mini-Vessels, Mini-Brains Expand Research Potential

Feb. 2, 2017 — Mini-brains produce networks of capillaries, an important anatomical feature for lab studies of stroke and other circulation-related brain diseases, report ... read more

Drug Candidate Stabilizes Essential Transport Mechanism in Nerve Cells

Jan. 31, 2017 — New research has discovered how a drug candidate works to possibly alleviate Alzheimer's disease and autism spectrum ... read more

Acupuncture Boosts Effectiveness of Standard Medical Care for Chronic Pain, Depression

Jan. 30, 2017 — Acupuncture treatment can boost the effectiveness of standard medical care, lessening the severity of chronic pain and depression, health specialists have ... read more

Research Suggests Way to Improve Stroke Treatments

Jan. 27, 2017 — Working with animal models, researchers now have demonstrated the potential of giving a drug in combination with tPA that might improve stroke outcomes and increase the window of opportunity for the ... read more

Deep Brain Stimulation Studies in Alzheimer's Disease Pose Ethical Challenges

Jan. 24, 2017 — Promising, early studies of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease have paved a path for future clinical trials, but there are unique ethical challenges with this ... read more

Low-Cost Therapy Produces Long-Lasting Improvements for Stroke Survivors

Jan. 23, 2017 — A low-cost therapy can improve the lives of stroke patients with vision problems, investigators have ... read more

Jan. 23, 2017 — A study shows new mechanisms behind Parkinson's disease, which can be key mechanisms for future treatment. More than 10 million people worldwide have Parkinson´s ... read more

Advances in Imaging Detect Blunt Cerebrovascular Injury More Frequently in Trauma Patients

Jan. 19, 2017 — Advances in diagnostic imaging technology have meant that more trauma patients are being diagnosed with blunt cerebrovascular injuries, and as a result, stroke and related death rates in these ... read more

Key Signaling Protein Associated With Addiction Controls the Actions of Oxycodone in Pain-Free, Chronic Pain States

Jan. 17, 2017 — RGS9-2, a key signaling protein in the brain known to play a critical role in the development of addiction-related behaviors, acts as a positive modulator of oxycodone reward in both pain-free and ... read more

Benzodiazepines, Related Drugs Increase Stroke Risk Among Persons With Alzheimer's Disease

Jan. 16, 2017 — The use of benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-like drugs was associated with a 20 per cent increased risk of stroke among persons with Alzheimer’s disease, shows a recent study. Benzodiazepines ... read more

Decreasing Cocaine Use Leads to Regression of Coronary Artery Disease

Jan. 12, 2017 — People who use cocaine regularly are at high risk of coronary artery disease. A study now reports that stopping or reducing cocaine use can potentially reverse the process of coronary ... read more

Study Unveils How Stress May Increase Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke

Jan. 11, 2017 — Heightened activity in the amygdala - a region of the brain involved in stress - is associated with a greater risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a new ... read more

Antidepressant Use Increases Hip Fracture Risk Among Elderly

Jan. 11, 2017 — Antidepressant use nearly doubles the risk of hip fracture among community-dwelling persons with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study. The increased risk was highest at the beginning of ... read more

Computer Models Could Help Design Physical Therapy Regimens

Jan. 10, 2017 — Researchers have developed a computational walking model that could help guide patients to their best possible recovery after a ... read more

Protein Build-Up May Trigger Inflammation Associated With Alzheimer's and Other Conditions

Jan. 10, 2017 — A recent review article points to the 'trigger' for the inflammatory response, caused by the immune system, that precedes Alzheimer's disease and other neurological ... read more

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