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Latest Research : Neurosciences : Stroke
  Last Updated: Nov 2, 2013 - 11:52:55 AM

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Research teams find genetic variant that could improve warfarin dosing in African-Americans
In the first genome-wide association study to focus on warfarin dose requirement in African-Americans, a multi-institutional team of researchers has identified a common genetic variation that can help physicians estimate the correct dose of the widely used blood-thinning drug warfarin.
Jun 4, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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Diagnostic coronary angiography: Functional flow reserve changes decisions in 25 percent of cases
23 May 2013, Paris, France: Routinely measuring fractional flow reserve (FFR) using pressure wire assessment during coronary angiography for diagnosis of chest pain leads to significant changes in the management of one in four patients, according to results from a study reported at EuroPCR 2013.
May 24, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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Nurses can play key role in reducing deaths from world's most common diseases
Nurses and midwives can play a critical role in lessening people's risk of cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes, according to a groundbreaking new report issued by the World Health Organization and co-authored by a UCLA nursing professor.
Mar 19, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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UH Case Medical Center awarded highest certification as Comprehensive Stroke Center
University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center has become the first hospital in Northeast Ohio and 19th in the nation to achieve The Joint Commission's standards for Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification, joining an elite group of providers focused on complex stroke care. Comprehensive stroke centers are recognized as industry leaders and are responsible for setting the national agenda in all aspects of stroke care and prevention.
Mar 13, 2013 - 4:00:00 AM

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Treatment with clot-busting drug yields better results after stroke than supportive therapy alone
In an update to previous research, Johns Hopkins neurologists say minimally invasive delivery of the drug tPA directly into potentially lethal blood clots in the brain helped more patients function independently a year after suffering an intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), a deadly and debilitating form of stroke. Rates of functional recovery with the active tPA treatment far surpassed those achieved with standard supportive therapy that essentially gives clots a chance to shrink on their own.
Feb 7, 2013 - 5:00:00 AM

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Almost 8 percent of US stroke survivors may have suicidal thoughts
Nearly one in 12 American stroke survivors may have contemplated suicide or wished themselves dead, according to a study presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2013.
Feb 7, 2013 - 5:00:00 AM

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Implementation of smoke-free legislation reduces the number of acute myocardial infarctions by 11 percent
Researchers participating in the REGICOR Study (Girona Heart Registry), with the participation of IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute) from Barcelona, the Josep Trueta Hospital, the Blanes Hospital and IDIAP Jordi Gol from Girona (Primary Healthcare Research Institute) have carried out a study to assess the impact of the partial smoke-free legislation passed in 2006 on the incidence of acute myocardial infarction in the province of Girona and observed it has dropped 11%. This decrease has been noticed especially among women, population aged between 65 and 74, and among non-smokers.
Jan 23, 2013 - 5:00:00 AM

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The world's premier cardiovascular congress goes to Amsterdam
Sophia Antipolis, 15 January 2013: Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is preparing for the arrival of more than 30,000 participants for this year's ESC Congress. As the world's premier meeting on the science, management and prevention of cardiovascular disease, it draws professionals with an interest in cardiology from more than 150 countries. Around 650 journalists will join cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, nurses, primary care physicians, scientists, technicians, medical students, healthcare industry leaders and regulators at the congress venue, Amsterdam RAI, during 31 August to 4 September. In order to put prevention messages into practice, a dedicated cycling track is being created to enable cardiologists, journalists and other attendees to cycle from the heart of Amsterdam to the congress centre each day. 5,000 bicycles will be made available by the city.
Jan 15, 2013 - 5:00:00 AM

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Nova Scotia research team proves peer pressure can be used for good
Using peer mentors to enhance school-day physical activity in elementary aged students has been given an A+ from Nova Scotia researchers.
Oct 29, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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Influenza vaccine may reduce risk of heart disease and death
Getting a flu shot may not only protect you from getting sick, it might also prevent heart disease.
Oct 28, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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NY-Presbyterian Hospital announces participation in trial for hard-to-treat hypertension
NEW YORK, NEW YORK (October 25, 2012) -- Patients with hypertension whose blood pressure cannot be brought down to safe levels despite taking three or more medications may have some relief coming their way. An innovative, first-of-its-kind clinical trial for a device representing a dramatic shift in treatment approaches for the toughest-to-treat patients is currently being conducted at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
Oct 25, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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Smoking clouds the brain after stroke
A study of stroke patients from Southern Ontario found those who smoke have more difficulty with problem-solving and decision-making than non-smokers.
Oct 2, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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Provincial effort to improve stroke care in Alberta is 'paying off'
Stroke care has improved considerably in Alberta following the implementation of the Alberta Provincial Stroke Strategy (APSS), leading to more targeted patient care and fewer health complications, according to a study presented today at the Canadian Stroke Congress.
Oct 2, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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Sleep apnea plays dual role in stroke
Improvements to the diagnosis and screening of sleep apnea are critical to stroke prevention, according to new stroke care guidelines released today at the Canadian Stroke Congress.
Oct 2, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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Home-based stroke therapy improves outcomes, eliminates wait times, saves money
Home delivery of stroke rehabilitation improves care, eliminates waiting lists for treatment and saves hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in hospital costs, according to a quality improvement project presented today at the Canadian Stroke Congress.
Oct 1, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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Screening for post-stroke depression inadequate and inconsistent, study finds
Physicians are prescribing anti-depressants for stroke patients without first giving them a proper diagnosis, they are over-treating some patients, and overlooking others, according to a study presented today at the Canadian Stroke Congress.
Oct 1, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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Joint Commission certifies 2 Primary Stroke Centers at Penn Medicine
PHILADELPHIA - Two Penn Medicine hospitals have received Primary Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission for efforts to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients. All three Penn Medicine hospitals are now certified to optimally treat stroke patients: Pennsylvania Hospital and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center each received Primary Stroke Center certifications this summer and join the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), which has been certified as a Primary Stroke Center since 2004. Penn Medicine is the first Philadelphia health system to get certification for stroke care at all member hospitals.
Aug 22, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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SUNY Downstate receives award to develop mobile phone apps for stroke patients and their caregivers
SUNY Downstate Medical Center has received an award to enhance patient care in the field of neurology. Steven R. Levine, MD, professor of neurology and emergency medicine and vice chair of neurology, is scientific principal investigator on a $500,000 award from the federally funded Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to develop mobile phone applications for stroke patients and their caregivers.
Jul 9, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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Hormonal treatment associated with better test performance after stroke
Stroke patients treated who received hormonal treatment, combined with rehabilitation, performed better on functioning and reasoning tests than patients who received rehabilitative therapy alone, a new clinical study from Italy shows. The results will be presented Monday at The Endocrine Society's 94th Annual Meeting in Houston.
Jun 25, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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University of Southampton and Roke develop technology world first to support stroke patients
The University of Southampton, in collaboration with Roke Manor Research Ltd (Roke), a Chemring company, has pioneered the use of Xbox computer technology to develop the world's first process that measures hand joint movement to help stroke patients recover manual agility at home.
Jun 14, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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Innovations in anticoagulation for stroke prevention
Nice, 13 June 2012: New scientific findings in anticoagulation for stroke prevention are paving the way for updates to the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines for the management of atrial fibrillation.
Jun 13, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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Study: In-patient, out-patient stroke rehab might benefit from yoga
SAN FRANCISCO -- Researchers looking into the value of adapted yoga for stroke rehabilitation report that after an eight-week program, study participants demonstrated improved balance and flexibility, a stronger and faster gait, and increased strength and endurance.
May 30, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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NHS set to benefit from UK-led technologies
Video games, pioneering gene therapies and new medical devices are set to transform treatments on the NHS, with support from the Department of Health and the Wellcome Trust.
May 17, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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Body cooling cuts in-hospital cardiac arrest patient deaths nearly 12 percent, Mayo Clinic finds
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Forced body cooling known as therapeutic hypothermia has reduced in-hospital deaths among sudden cardiac arrest patients nearly 12 percent between 2001 and 2009, according to a Mayo Clinic study being presented at the upcoming American Academy of Neurology 2012 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The research is among several Mayo abstracts that will be discussed at the conference.
Apr 19, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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Study finds paramedics skilled in identifying strokes
MAYWOOD, Ill. - If a paramedic suspects a patient is having a stroke, the paramedic is probably right, a Loyola University Medical Center study has found.
Mar 28, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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Aspirin: High or low dose following heart attack?
Boston, MA- Each year, more than one million Americans suffer a heart attack and nearly all patients are prescribed a daily aspirin and an antiplatelet medication during recovery. However, the optimal aspirin dose has been unclear. Now, new research from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) reports that there is no significant difference between high versus low dose aspirin in the prevention of recurring cardiovascular events in patients who suffer from acute coronary syndromes (ACS), which are characterized by symptoms related to obstruction in coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart. These findings are presented at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions on March 24, 2012.
Mar 26, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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Moderate drinking associated with lower risk of stroke in women
Light-to-moderate alcohol consumption has been consistently associated with lower risk of heart disease, but data for stroke are less certain, especially among women.
Mar 15, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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Could the immune system help recovery from stroke?
Stroke and other diseases and injuries to the brain are often followed by inflammation, caused by a reaction of the body's immune system. This reaction has been seen as something that must be combated, but perhaps the immune system could in fact help with recovery following a stroke. A major new EU project, led by Lund University in Sweden and the Weizmann Institute in Israel, is going to study this question.
Mar 13, 2012 - 4:00:00 AM

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Doctors find new way to predict recurrent stroke
New research from the University of Calgary's Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) shows that using a CT (computerised tomography) scan, doctors can predict if patients who have had a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or minor stroke, with neurological symptoms such as weakness or speech issues, are at risk for another more severe stroke. This vital information can help doctors decide if stronger medications should be used to prevent future episodes, or if a patient can be safely sent home.
Feb 24, 2012 - 5:00:00 AM

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Heart failure patients have new hope
Despite the increasing number of people affected, the prognosis for patients with heart failure has steadily improved, said Gregg C. Fonarow, M.D, chairman of American Heart Association Hospital Accreditation Science Committee and professor of cardiovascular medicine of the University of California, Los Angeles. This is testament in part to better therapies and systems for treating this condition. There has been so much research and advancement in this area that what used to be a very dismal diagnosis is no longer the norm. Used appropriately, available medical and device therapies are even more effective than originally believed and best practices of care have now been shown to save lives.
Feb 13, 2012 - 5:00:00 AM

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New device performs better than old for removing blood clots
An experimental blood clot-removing device outperformed the FDA-approved MERCI; retriever device, according to late-breaking science presented at the American Stroke Association's 2012 International Stroke Conference.
Feb 3, 2012 - 5:00:00 AM

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Cardiovascular Nursing Spring Meeting
New scientific findings and hot topics in cardiovascular nursing will be the focus of the 12th Annual Spring Meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing. Managing in today's challenging financial environment and dealing with the increasing issue of cardiovascular disease in dementia patients are just two items on the packed agenda.
Feb 2, 2012 - 5:00:00 AM

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Infections in childhood linked to high risk of ischemic stroke
Common infections in children pose a high risk of ischemic stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2012.
Feb 1, 2012 - 5:00:00 AM

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Clot-busting drugs appear safe for treating 'wake-up' stroke patients
Clot-busting drugs may be safe for patients who wake up experiencing stroke symptoms, according to preliminary research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2012.
Feb 1, 2012 - 5:00:00 AM

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Canada's first renal denervation procedure to reduce high blood pressure performed today
Doctors at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre today performed a minimally invasive surgical procedure to treat high blood pressure, called renal denervation, for the first time in Canada. The procedure can significantly reduce high blood pressure in patients who cannot effectively treat their hypertension through drugs. These patients, numbering approximately 250,000 Canadians, have to endure an especially high risk of heart attacks and stroke, which continues to kill thousands of Canadians every year.
Jan 17, 2012 - 5:00:00 AM

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New predictor of heart attack or stroke
CHICAGO --- A hike in your blood pressure during middle age significantly raises the risk of having a heart attack or a stroke during your lifetime, according to new Northwestern Medicine research. The study offers a new understanding on the importance of maintaining low blood pressure early in middle age to prevent heart disease later in life.
Dec 19, 2011 - 5:00:00 AM

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ASE-EAE to issue guidelines for the echocardiographic evaluation of cancer patients
Considering that the early detection of cardio toxicity is a critical issue for patients undergoing chemotherapy, the ASE and the EAE have come together to write guidelines which will highlight the technical advantages of echocardiography in identifying cardio toxicity early, explained Prof Juan Carlos Plana, Co-Director of the Cardio-oncology Center, Cleveland Clinic, from the ASE. This would help select patients who would benefit from cardio protective regimens, so that heart failure does not become an obstacle to the oncologist during therapy, and to the patient during his/her survival.
Oct 20, 2011 - 4:00:00 AM

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Undetected strokes increase risk
OTTAWA, Oct. 4, 2011 -- Everyday, 1,000 people in Canada turn 65, entering a stage of life that has increasing risk of stroke and Alzheimer's disease.
Oct 4, 2011 - 4:00:00 AM

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Telestroke the next best thing
OTTAWA, Oct. 4, 2011 -- The use of long-distance video and data hookups to link remote community hospitals with stroke neurologists in large centres provides the same level of care as having everyone in the same room, according to a new study presented today at the Canadian Stroke Congress.
Oct 4, 2011 - 4:00:00 AM

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Stroke rate 25 percent higher for Metis
OTTAWA, Oct. 4, 2011 -- The stroke rate among Manitoba Metis is nearly 25 percent higher than for other Manitobans, according to a study by the University of Manitoba and the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) presented today at the Canadian Stroke Congress.
Oct 4, 2011 - 4:00:00 AM

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Signs of aging may be linked to undetected blocked brain blood vessels
Many common signs of aging, such as shaking hands, stooped posture and walking slower, may be due to tiny blocked vessels in the brain that can't be detected by current technology.
Sep 1, 2011 - 4:00:00 AM

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USF researchers get $2.6 million NIH grant to investigate new post-stroke therapy
University of South Florida Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair faculty members have received a $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the potential for cells derived from human bone marrow to benefit post-stroke patients by repairing the blood-brain barrier (BBB). The BBB prevents harmful substances in circulating blood from entering the brain while allowing passage of needed substances.
Aug 11, 2011 - 4:00:00 AM

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International organizations join forces to promote cardiovascular health
This year's EuroPRevent meeting, 14 -16 April, is taking full advantage of its Geneva location and the close proximity to the European Headquarters of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the World Heart Federation (WHF), the United European Football Association (UEFA), and the International Olympics Committee (IOC).
Apr 6, 2011 - 4:00:00 AM

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Acute anemia linked to silent strokes in children
Silent strokes, which have no immediate symptoms but could cause long-term cognitive and learning deficits, occur in a significant number of severely anemic children, especially those with sickle cell disease, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2011.
Feb 11, 2011 - 5:00:00 AM

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University Hospitals system-approach to stroke care increases the use of tPA therapy by 13.5-fold
University Hospitals (UH) Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center recently reported that it has increased the use of tPA or clot busting therapy for ischemic stroke by 13.5 times throughout UH system hospitals since implementing the System Stroke Program (SSP). Launched in 2008, SSP sought to increase access to the lifesaving treatment for acute (urgent) ischemic stroke patients in the 15 counties surrounding Cleveland.
Feb 11, 2011 - 5:00:00 AM

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WSU study finds younger stroke victims benefit from earlier MRIs, ambulance rides to ER
Detroit - While the American Stroke Association reports that stroke is the third leading cause of death and one of the top causes of disability in the United States, young adults showing signs of suffering a stroke are sometimes misdiagnosed in hospital emergency rooms, preventing them from receiving early effective treatment that can prevent serious damage.
Feb 10, 2011 - 5:00:00 AM

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Robot therapy can improve arm, shoulder mobility after stroke
Therapy in which robots manipulate paralyzed arms, combined with standard rehabilitation, can improve arm and shoulder mobility in patients after stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2011.
Feb 10, 2011 - 5:00:00 AM

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Final data show experimental agent better than aspirin at preventing stroke
A new anti-clotting agent is vastly superior to aspirin at reducing stroke risk (1.6 percent per year versus 3.6 percent per year) in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients unable to take stronger drugs, according to final data reported today at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2011. Researchers found the drug also works better in people with a history of stroke or a warning stroke.
Feb 10, 2011 - 5:00:00 AM

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Advanced macular degeneration is associated with an increased risk
Older people with late-stage, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) appear to be at increased risk of brain hemorrhage (bleeding stroke), but not stroke caused by brain infarction (blood clot), according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2011.
Feb 9, 2011 - 5:00:00 AM

Latest Research : Neurosciences : Stroke
Incidence of stroke after coronary artery bypass grafting surgery has decreased
An analysis of data on more than 45,000 patients who underwent coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery at an academic medical center over the past 30 years finds that the occurrence of stroke after CABG has declined, despite an increase in risk profiles of patients, according to a study in the January 26 issue of JAMA.

Jan 25, 2011 - 7:14:17 PM

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