Stroke

Lounge in the sun to be `hearty`

Lounge in the sun to be `hearty`London, Nov 15 - You may want to start relaxing in the sunshine as a team of researchers has discovered that a lack of vitamin D is linked to coronary artery disease, heart attacks and stroke.

Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Centre Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, found that patients are protected against heart trouble if their vitamin D level is anywhere above 15 nanograms [billionths of a gram] per milliliter, the Daily Express reported.


Partner's death increases stroke risk in first 30 days: Study

Partner's death increases stroke risk in first 30 days: StudyNew York, Feb 25 - Bereavement is recognised as a risk factor for death and is associated with cardiovascular events.

Now, new research indicates that the risk of heart attack or stroke is increased in 30 days after a partner's death.


Youth high on cocaine run stroke risk within 24 hours

Youth high on cocaine run stroke risk within 24 hoursNew York, Feb 13 - Cocaine is not only addictive, it can also lead to disability or death from stroke within 24 hours of use, warn researchers.

Cocaine greatly increases ischemic stroke risk in young adults within a day of use.

Ischemic strokes occur when a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain becomes blocked, preventing a continuous supply of blood to the brain.


American experts issue stroke prevention guidelines for women

American experts issue stroke prevention guidelines for womenWashington, Feb 8 - American experts have issued 'how to prevent a stroke guidelines' for women, based on risks that are unique to them, and have also listed scientifically-based recommendations for its treatment.

The stroke prevention guidelines for women have been released with the help of an expert at the University of Alabama.


Stem cell `first aid` may aid recovery after stroke

Stem cell `first aid` may aid recovery after strokeLondon, January 28 : A Bolivian research team has suggested that injecting stem cells in the vital period immediately after a stroke may aid recovery.

They found that rats injected with stem cells 30 minutes after a stroke had almost normal brain function restored within a fortnight.

The team from La Paz University Hospital says the method has potential in human trials, the BBC reported.


Autoimmune disease may up risk of pregnancy loss, stroke

Autoimmune disease may up risk of pregnancy loss, strokeWashington, November 12 : For years, researchers have known that antiphospholipid antibodies (aPLs) can trigger the production of proteins that can cause inflammation and increase the risk of formation of clots.

Now a new study provides the first estimates of the prevalence of these antibodies in patients suffering from pregnancy loss, stroke, myocardial infarction, and deep vein thrombosis.


Irregular heartbeat described as `modifiable` risk factor for stroke

Irregular heartbeat described as `modifiable` risk factor for strokeWashington, October 29: Atrial fibrillation patients can reduce their risk of stroke by rhythm control treatments and by the use of antithrombotic therapies, according to experts.


Tomatoes may help slash stroke risk

Tomatoes may help slash stroke riskWashington, October 9 : Eating tomatoes and tomato-based foods may help lower risk of stroke, according to new research.

This may be because tomatoes are high in the antioxidant lycopene.

The study found that people with the highest amounts of lycopene in their blood were 55 percent less likely to have a stroke than people with the lowest amounts of lycopene in their blood.


Smoking leads to poor memory, decision-making among stroke patients

Smoking leads to poor memory, decision-making among stroke patientsWashington, Oct 2 : Stroke patients who smoke have more difficulty with problem-solving and decision-making than non-smokers, a new study has found.

The study, presented at the Canadian Stroke Congress, tested mental abilities of 76 patients, including 12 smokers, with an average age of 67.5 years, using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) tool.


Smoking after stroke raises death risk three-fold

Smoking after stroke raises death risk three-foldRome, Aug 29 - Patients who resume smoking after a stroke tend to face a three-fold increase in death-risk, says an Italian study.

Researchers led by Furio Colivicchi, professor at the San Filippo Neri Hospital in Rome, also found that earlier the patients resumed smoking, the greater their risk of death with a year.

"It is well-established that smoking increases the risk of having a stroke," said Colivicchi.


What hinders stroke recovery

What hinders stroke recoveryWashington, July 28 : Researchers have identified a novel molecule in the brain that, after stroke, blocks the formation of new connections between neurons.

In a mouse model, the UCLA researchers showed that blocking this molecule – called ephrin-A5 – induces axonal sprouting, that is, the growth of new connections between the brain''s neurons, or cells, and as a result promotes functional recovery.


New drug limits brain damage in stroke

New drug limits brain damage in strokeLondon, July 27 - Anakinra, a drug already used for rheumatoid arthritis, has shown promising results in stroke patients by dramatically limiting the amount of brain damage, according to a study.

Dame Nancy Rothwell and Stuart Allan, both professors at the University of Manchester and their team have spent the last 20 years investigating how to reduce damage to the brain following a stroke and testing the effectiveness of Anakinra (IL-1Ra).


Stroke hits women harder than men, says study

Stroke hits women harder than men, says studyStockholm, July 26 - A stroke in any form hits women harder than men, robbing them of the very meaning of life, says a study from Sweden.

Researchers at Danderyd Hospital, Stockholm, asked all patients attending an out-patient clinic over a 16-month period to complete the Nottingham health profile, a generic quality of life survey used to measure subjective physical, emotional and social aspects of health.


Less sleep enhances stroke risk among middle-aged

Less sleep enhances stroke risk among middle-agedWashington, June 11 - Habitually sleeping less than six hours at night significantly elevates risk of stroke among middle-aged and older adults of normal weight at low risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).


Yoga improves recovery in stroke patients

Yoga improves recovery in stroke patientsWashington, May 31 : It might be beneficial to include yoga in the in-patient or out-patient rehabilitation people receive after a stroke, researchers have suggested.

A study looking into the value of adapted yoga for stroke rehabilitation found that after an eight-week program, study participants demonstrated improved balance and flexibility, a stronger and faster gait, and increased strength and endurance.


Postmenopausal women at greater stroke risk from high trans fat diet

Postmenopausal women at greater stroke risk from high trans fat dietWashington, Mar 2 : Postmenopausal women who consume higher amounts of trans fatty acids, commonly found in baked goods, fried foods, and packaged products, are at greater risk of ischemic stroke, according to a new study.

Ischemic stroke is a result of a blockage in an artery leading to the brain. Researchers suggest aspirin use may moderate the risk.


Stroke leaves victims exposed to malnutrition risk

Stroke leaves victims exposed to malnutrition riskStockholm, Feb 17 - A stroke could leave you with eating problems, with more than half risking malnutrition even three months after the attack.

Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, studied 36 stroke patients, assessing them in hospital for an average of five days.


More sleep may trigger stroke risk in women

More sleep may trigger stroke risk in womenWashington, Jan 2 : A new study has found that women who slept for 10 hours or more had a 63 percent increased risk of stroke compared to those who slept seven hours per night.

The risk estimates dropped to 55 percent when researchers controlled for body mass index, hypertension and history of diabetes.


Early treatment doubles survival chances after stroke

Stroke-AttackLondon, May 15 : Patients who receive treatment within 90 minutes of a stroke attack are twice as likely to increase the chances of good recovery, say researchers.

Researchers from University of Glasgow have found that patients given a blood thinning drug to restore blood flow in the brain within 90 minutes of their symptoms were two and half times more likely to have a good recovery than those not given the drug.


Exercise may help prevent severe stroke

Exercise may help prevent severe strokeWashington, Oct 21: Individuals who''re physically active before suffering a stroke may have less severe problems as a result and recover better, shows a new study.

The study has been published in the October 21, 2008, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.


Pill that can halve deadly heart attack, stroke risk set for clinical trials

Heart AttackLondon, Sept 29: Indian generic drug company Dr Reddy's new tablet that can halve the risk of death due to heart attacks and stroke is set to go under clinical trials this week in London.

The once-a-day tablet called Red heart pill combines four different medicines — aspirin, a statin to lower cholesterol, and an ACE inhibitor and a thiazide to counter high blood pressure in one tablet.


Turmeric May Reduce The Size Of Haemorrhagic Stroke

Turmeric or curcumin, the Indian spice found in every kitchen, an Turmeric May Reduce The Size Of Haemorrhagic Strokeessential part of our daily diet, may have some other medicinal benefits besides wound healing.


Antipsychotic drugs ‘double stroke risk’

Stroke PatientLondon, Aug 29: Drugs used to treat psychosis – a mental state often described as involving a "loss of contact with reality” – may increase risk of stroke, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, examined data from the General Practice Research Database (GPRD) to reach their conclusion.


New technique raises hope for stroke patients

Stroke patientWashington, Aug 26: Researchers from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Ill have reported a technique that potentially could restore functions to patients weeks or even months after a stroke.

The technique involves jumpstarting the growth of nerve fibres to compensate for brain cells destroyed by the stroke.


Now, virtual reality treadmill for speedier recovery of stroke sufferers

Stroke TreatmentLondon, August 25: Stroke and injury sufferers may now rely upon a novel technology a scientist at Portsmouth University for fast recovery — virtual reality treadmill.

Wendy Powell claims that has basically written a piece of software that can trick patients into believing that they are moving more slowly than they actually are, encouraging them to move faster.


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