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Feeling depressed? You may be at higher risk of STROKE

Those who suffer symptoms of depression are at an increased risk of stroke, according to researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In particular, depressed African Americans showed the largest increase in stroke risk... ..Those people with the highest levels of depression had a 73% increase in their risk of stroke. However, it is not clear if the depression actually cause...

Amphetamines Help Recovery of Stroke Patients

A new study from Doctors at UT Southwestern in Dallas soon report that amphetamines may speed up the recovery of speech in stroke patients who have lost the function... .. ..This study was done on patients who had suffered from ischemic stroke, or a stroke due to loss of blood and oxygen to the brain... .. ..Amphetamines were given to 30 stroke patients who lost their ability to speak. Dr.D.Hal...

Cough Syrup Ingredient Linked to Stroke

Phenylpropanolamine (PPA),is a common ingredient found in many non-prescription cough and cold medications. Use of PPA-containing cough and cold remedies increased the risk of stroke by 23 percent. Dr.Ralph I. Horwitz, from Yale University's School of Medicine, says, "Case reports have linked exposure to PPA to the occurrence of hemorrhagic stroke." .. ..A hemorrhagic stroke results when an art...

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New point scale to ascertain the stroke recovery

Stroke is undoubtedly the most common neurological disorder and one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality. Five million people die of stroke each year and more than 15 million suffer non-fatal strokes. ..But the question of the day is about the recovery - whether the patient would recover and if so how long would it take. Researchers at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders...

Antifever drug betters stroke outcome

Over-the-counter pain reliever and fever reducer Paracetamol, whose active ingredient is Acetaminophen is found effective in the prognosis of the stroke. The fever-reducer acetaminophen lowers body temperature in people who have had a stroke, according to a new study conducted in The Netherlands. ..Rise in the body temperature during the first few days, though small enough that they hardly manife...

Helping stroke patients to recover balance

Researchers in France say that the distorting spectacles can help stroke patients with posture problems to recover their balance. They think that the spectacles reset the patient's mental makeup and hope that the effect will lead to a long-lasitng cure for some postural problems. .... People who have a stroke affecting the brain's right hemisphere may suffer paralysis down their left side a...

Dental exam reveals stroke risk

More than 60% of deaths from stroke in the US occur among postmenopausal women. Many of them have no warning symptoms. So how can women at risk be detected?// ....One way may be through having regular and thorough dental exams. A warning sign of stroke risk is atheroma - fatty deposits in the carotid arteries serving the brain. This can be picked up through a dental x-ray. Researchers in Califor...

Right drugs drastically cut stroke risk

In the biggest breakthrough, the incidence of the disease was found to have been cut to half by a combination of drugs that keeps blood pressure in check. The study involving about 6,000 patients over six years in many countries showed that strokes were cut by at least a quarter among patients given the drugs. // .... The drugs are inexpensive and easily available. Use of the drugs cut both str...

Less drinking less stroke

Elderly patients who drink in moderation – between one and seven drinks per week – appear to have fewer strokes than either abstainers or heavier drinkers who consume more than 15 drinks per week, according to US researchers. ....Dr Kenneth Mukamal and colleagues at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston found that moderate alcohol consumption among elderly patients appeared to protect ag...

Recouping blood flow after a stroke

The brain can grow new blood vessels after a minor stroke, which helps to restore blood flow in the damaged area. The brain tries to heal itself after a stroke. We know that people gradually recover lost functions - like speech and movement in many cases. Now a study in laboratory rats reveals that the blood supply of the brain can respond to stroke damage. ....Researchers at the Harvard Univers...

Sleep, snoring....stroke

Scientists warn that, too much sleep and snoring could put you at an increased risk of stroke. American researchers from the University of Buffalo, New York, have found that sleeping more than eight hours a night, snoring or being drowsy during the day can damage your health. Experts say this means snoring and sleep disorders will now have to be treated more seriously.// ....Dr David Smithard, C...

Dopamine helps stroke survivors

A drug used in Parkinson's disease also improves the paralysis experienced by stroke survivors...Levodopa is turned into the neurotransmitter dopamine in the body, and this may help brain cells involved in controlling movement to function more normally. It's used as a treatment in Parkinson's disease, but a new trial suggests that levodopa is also helpful in alleviating stroke-induced disability....

Estrogen Does Not Prevent Recurrent Strokes

Despite some past evidence that hormone replacement might lower stroke risk in older women, new research shows that estrogen therapy does not protect women from recurrent strokes and may instead carry some risks. The findings add to growing evidence that hormone replacement therapy does not have the cardiovascular benefits doctors once believed. // ....Many doctors have long thought hormone repl...

Aspirin and Warfarin Are Equally Effective for Stroke Prevention

A study aimed at settling a long-standing question among doctors has found that aspirin works just as well as Warfarin, in helping most patients avoid recurrent strokes. Many doctors suspected that Warfarin was more effective but that aspirin was safer. This study challenges both views, showing the two drugs are equals in both respects. ....Both drugs slow clotting of the blood, and blood clots...

Triglycerides Linked To Stroke Risk

Researchers have linked high levels of blood fats called triglycerides to an increased risk of stroke. The findings should encourage physicians to pay closer attention to triglyceride levels.// More effective screening and detection of high blood triglycerides and treatments to modify this stroke risk factor could further reduce the stroke burdens. ....Doctors have learned that drugs that lower...

Strokes increased during squatting

Squatting may increase the risk of stroke, particularly if a person is defecating, researchers suggest...Doctors in Calcutta, India found a third of stroke deaths occurred while people were squatting.// ..Results presented to the World Congress of Neurology in London showed how doctors started investigating when they realised they were seeing more stroke patients in the morning than any other tim...

Serotonin increases stroke risk

According to a new study the use of serotonin-raising drugs like antidepressants and slimming pills in combination may trigger a stroke. In common the mecahnism of durgs is by increasing the levels of serotonin, a natural chemical with many different roles in the body.// Examples include diet pills, anti-migraine drugs and some of the newer antidepressants. ..Researchers at the Health welfare ho...

Drug Combinations May Boost Stroke Risk

People who combine different types of serotonin-enhancing medications, such as certain antidepressants and migraine medications, may be increasing their risk of stroke. //The study reports on three patients who developed ischemic strokes related to the use of serotonin-enhancing medications, which include certain antidepressants, anti-migraine drugs, decongestants and diet pills. Ischemic strokes...

Sex safe for strokes

Scientists have discovered that frequent sexual intercourse can actually reduce the risk of suffering a terminal heart attack.Middle aged men can have sex as many times// as they like without having to fear their risk of having a stroke, according to research. ....Professor Shah Ebrahim, who led the University of Bristol team, said men should be livened by the research, which digresses fears th...

Sensible drinking staves off strokes

Stroke adepts bring to notice that sensible drinking could reduce their risk of suffering a stroke, in advance of the traditional season of excess. In a new leaflet, the Stroke Association says small amounts of alcohol can protect against ischaemic strokes - caused by blood clots blocking arteries - which account for 8 out of 10 cases of the brain attack.// ....Alcohol thins the blood, so can pr...

Vaccination to prevent strokes

A group of French researchers have found that people who have been vaccinated for flu are less likely to suffer a stroke.Researcher Dr Pierre Amarenco, from// Bichat Hospital in Paris, said if the results were confirmed it would mark a "major advance in stroke prevention". ....The theory suggest that they destabilise fatty deposits on the walls of arteries, helping to form clots. Strokes are cau...

New Birth Control Pills increase the stroke risk

Despite lower levels of estrogen, the new generations of birth control pills double the risk of stroke for women who take them. Researchers say the newest pills are no safer than the older versions when it comes to clotting problems.// In fact, the third-generation pills may be more dangerous than the second-generation ones. ....The first generation pills, introduced in 1960, was a mix of high d...

New swift therapy limits stroke damage

Paramedics can direct a treatment to people who have had a stroke within an hour of onset of symptoms and help limit the damage to the brain. Magnesium sulphate is a neuroprotective drug in that it dilates// the blood vessels that serve the brain and prevents a damaging build-up of calcium in brain cells. ..According to researchers at University of Texas, they have shown for the first time that...

Ultrasound helps stroke treatment

According to surgeons, they use sound waves to pulverize gallstones and now stroke experts are trying to determine if less powerful ultrasound can improve the efficacy of the clot-busting drugs used to restore blood flow to the brain.// Dr. Andrei Alexandrov, of the University of Texas, said he was using intracranial ultrasound to track the efficacy of the clot-busting drug called tPA or alteplas...

Assisting stroke patients to recover balance

Researchers in France say that the distorting spectacles can help stroke patients with posture problems to recover their balance. They think that the spectacles reset the patient's mental makeup and hope that the effect will lead to a long-lasting cure for some postural problems.// .... People who have a stroke affecting the brain's right hemisphere may suffer paralysis down their left side and c...

A new genetic label for stroke

Some researchers have found out that people under age 48 who suffer a stroke are about four times more likely than their healthy peers to have a defect in a gene called PON1. The gene helps HDL (the good cholesterol) combat the damaging effects of LDL (the bad cholesterol).// Although most strokes occur in older people, stroke is not a rare event in younger individuals. Health officials estimate...

Greater volume hospitals better for stroke

Researchers at the University of Texas, have looked at data for treatment of sub-arachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) in the state during the 1990s. People with a stroke caused by bleeding into the brain do best in hospitals dealing with many such cases.// In SAH, a blood vessel bursts within the blood supply surrounding the brain's exterior. It can cause brain damage, coma and death. ....Data on nearly...

Toxin injections support stroke associated spasticity

Researchers have found that injections of botulinum toxin eases hand spasticity among stroke survivors. Spasticity in the limbs is a common after effect of stroke, and it causes much disability,// because it interferes with activities like getting dressed and eating. Previous research has shown that botulinum toxin - a substance that relieves muscle tightness - may help with this problem. ....In...

Stroke and Dementia - a ghastly association

According to researchers, a new study finds stroke victims who suffer from dementia are more than five times likely to die than stroke victims without dementia. Dementia is when a person suffers from declines in memory, cognitive function and the ability to perform daily living activities. Researchers from Madrid, Spain reviewed data on more than 250 stroke patients who were admitted to a hospita...

Low potassium intake may elevate stroke risk

According to a new study shows that people with a low potassium intake are one and half times more likely to have a stroke. Previous research has suggested that reduced quantities of potassium in the diet increase the risk of death from stroke. //The focus on potassium is, perhaps, a new one - for most of us hear more about keeping sodium or salt intake low to avoid stroke. But sodium and potassi...

Dietary Changes Could Reduce The Risk for Stroke

Dietary modification could be a simple way to reduce the risk of stroke say researchers. The research shows a diet that consists of meats,// refined grains and desserts is associated with a greater risk for stroke than a diet of fruits, vegetables, fish, legumes and whole grains. ..The study included dietary information on 71,768 female nurses between 38 and 63 years old. The women had no history...

Medicines Used In Antiplatelet Therapy Can Reduce Heart Attacks And Strokes

Research shows that using antiplatelet medication called clopidogrel before coronary angioplasty surgery often reduces the risk of death from cardiovascular problems like heart attacks, or strokes.// The research paper was published in the latest issue of JAMA. ....Dual antiplatelet therapy following percutaneous coronary intervention using a combination of drugs such as ticlopidine or clopidogre...

Cell transplants for stroke

According to new animal studies, the researchers have found that the bone marrow cell transplant improved functioning after stroke. Researchers in the US have been studying the ability of human bone marrow cells// - known as stromal cells - to restore function in brain-damaged rats. Animals were given injections of the cells, which came from healthy human volunteers. ....Compared to controls tha...

Stroke risk might be linked to antibody

According to this new study, young women with a self-attacking antibody are at an increased risk for a stroke. Antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) fight a person's own body tissue. //Generally, antibodies fight foreign infections. Researchers say aPL antibodies increase the chance of blood clots, which can lead to an ischemic stroke. ....University of Texas Health Science Center researchers conduct...

Women's stroke indications vary from men's

According to a new study it is observed that women are more likely to experience non-specific and non-traditional symptoms when they have a stroke. Previous research shows that women are less likely to get prompt treatment after a stroke than men.// This is a serious issue, for 'clotbusting' drugs must be given very rapidly if they are to reduce mortality and disability. US stroke researchers now...

Swelling increases stroke risk with high B.P.

According to a new study, researchers suggest that the presence of proteins linked to inflammation could increase the risk of stroke among men with high blood pressure. Although we know that high blood pressure is a risk factor for stroke, //it's still the case that not everyone with hypertension actually suffers a stroke. Researchers at Malmo University, Sweden, believe that inflammation could b...

Stroke Risk and Fish :A factual interconnection

Eating fish at least once a month can minimise the risk of ischemic stroke in men according to the Harvard researchers. ....Around 607 participants developed stroke over a period of 13 years in the new study involving more than 43,005 men aged 39 to 76. Ischemic stroke// which is caused by a clot that blocks the blood vessel supplying the brain with blood was confirmed with 378 participants,...

Fewer teeth & Increased Ischemic Stroke risk

A study reveals that people who have periodontal disease and lose a lot of teeth are more likely to have a stroke, but researchers aren't sure about the relationship between fewer teeth and higher// risk of stroke. ..The study which used data on 41,376 men found that men with fewer teeth generally consumed large amounts of alcohol, were physically less active, were older and were more likely to...

Stroke risk factors:how informed are we?

The journal of the American Medical Association published a recent comparative study done by researchers from the University of Cincinnati who analyzed results from a telephone survey of people living in greater Cincinnati// region. ....The survey involved 2170 respondents who were asked to name up to three stroke warning signs and risk factors. This was compared with a similar survey conducted i...
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