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    1. Strokes Striking Younger People

      Oct. 10, 2012 -- People are having strokes at younger ages, according to new research. "This is still a disease of the old, but a surprisingly higher proportion of younger patients are having strokes, and it's getting worse over time," says researcher Brett Kissela, MD, professor and vice chair of n

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    2. Tomatoes May Lower Your Risk for Stroke

      Oct. 8, 2012 -- Men who eat lots of tomatoes and tomato-based products may have a lower risk for stroke, a new study suggests. Tomatoes are rich in the antioxidant lycopene. Men who had the highest levels of lycopene in their blood were 55% less likely to have a stroke, compared with men who had the

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    3. Some Minor Strokes Lead to Disability

      Sept 13, 2012 -- Minor strokes and transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) are red flags for full-blown strokes in the future. But new research suggests that they can lead to disability in their own right. A TIA, sometimes called a “mini stroke,” causes stroke-like symptoms, but they last for less than 24

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    4. Heavy Drinkers at Greater Risk for Stroke

      Sept 10, 2012 -- Heavy drinkers may be at a much greater risk for a bleeding stroke, a new study suggests. People who drank about three or more alcoholic drinks per day also had the strokes almost a decade and a half before those who didn’t drink quite as much. The findings appear in Neurology. Exac

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    5. Can Chocolate Lower Your Risk for Stroke?

      Aug. 29, 2012 -- New research provides another helping of sweet news for chocolate lovers. Men who eat a moderate amount of chocolate each week may be less likely to have a stroke, compared to men who don’t eat any chocolate. Most studies suggest that health benefits come mainly from dark chocolate,

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    6. Yoga Improves Balance After Stroke

      July 26, 2012 -- Starting yoga even long after a stroke may improve the balance of stroke survivors, a study shows. "It's an exciting thing," says study researcher Arlene Schmid, PhD. "People can improve their balance years after a stroke. They can change their brain and change their body. They are

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    7. After a Stroke: Medications to Reduce Arm Spasticity

      When it comes to stroke rehabilitation, one medication doesn’t fit all. Your stroke rehab team will work with you to find out which medications, if any, can improve stiffness after a stroke. It's important to remember these medications are not a cure. They are ongoing treatments that relieve the sym

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    8. Stroke Recovery and Arm Rehab: Important Questions

      After a stroke, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns about how -- and even if -- you will recover. When will you be able to move your arms? Is your independent life gone forever? It's difficult to predict to what degree someone will recover after a stroke, says Randie M. Black-Schaffer,

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    9. Stroke Recovery: Tips for the Caregiver

      If you are caring for a stroke survivor, you may have a lot of questions about whether your loved one will recover and what his or her needs will be in the months and years ahead. You may also worry about how you will manage in your new role. "Caregiving can be a big load to shoulder," says Maggie F

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    10. Arm and Hand Exercises for Stroke Rehab

      Recovering after a stroke may feel like a daunting task. Among other things, your brain must relearn skills it lost when it was damaged by the stroke. Recent research, though, shows that the brain is amazingly resilient and capable of adapting after a stroke. This means that recovery is more possibl

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