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  1. Lower Stroke Death Risk in Close-Knit Neighborhoods

    April 14, 2011 -- Seniors who live in supportive neighborhoods in which they have frequent opportunities to interact with friends and neighbors may have a reduced risk of dying from a stroke compared to those who live in less sociable neighborhoods, new research suggests. “Social isolation is unheal

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  2. Virtual Reality Tools May Aid Stroke Recovery

    April 7, 2011 -- Physical therapy that makes use of high-tech gadgets like 3-D goggles, robotic gloves, and motion-tracking video game systems can help people regain strength and function in their upper arm after a stroke, a new research review shows. Pooling data from five randomized, controlled tr

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  3. ‘Mini-Strokes’ May Increase Risk of Heart Attack

    March 24, 2011 -- “Mini-strokes” or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) are known to increase risk for stroke, and now new research shows that they may also double your risk for heart attack. The findings appear in the journal Stroke. A TIA occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is temporarily

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  4. Post-Stroke Depression Threatens Independence

    March 15, 2011 -- Stroke survivors who are depressed may be more likely to be dependent on others for help, a new study suggests. “Post-stroke depression is a common problem,” Arlene Schmid, PhD, OTR, of Indiana University, says in a news release. “We wanted to see whether depression and other facto

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  5. Faster Stroke Recovery When Family Helps Out

    March 10, 2011 -- Stroke patients seem to recover lost or impaired physical abilities more quickly if family members pitch in to help them with exercise therapy, new research indicates. A study shows that when family members help their loved ones in post-stroke physical therapy sessions, the patient

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  6. Coffee May Lower Stroke Risk

    March 10, 2011 -- Women who drink a cup or more of coffee each day may be less likely to have a stroke, compared to women who drink less coffee, according to new research in the journal Stroke. The new findings should not be taken to mean that everyone should start drinking coffee to lower their str

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  7. Stressful Choices for Surrogate Treatment Decision Makers

    March 1, 2011 -- Family members and others who act as surrogates, making treatment decisions for incapacitated loved ones, are sometimes affected adversely for months or years, according to a new review of published studies. ''Making these decisions has a profound effect on at least a substantial mi

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  8. Who Can Drive After a Stroke?

    Feb. 23, 2011 -- Wondering if it's OK for someone you know to drive a car after they've had a stroke? A few simple tests at the doctor's office can help determine who is more likely to be a safe driver after a stroke. Driving after a stroke can raise concerns for many people. A stroke can cause slow

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  9. Robots May Help Patients Recover From Stroke

    Feb. 11, 2011 (Los Angeles) -- Robot-assisted therapy can help improve arm and shoulder mobility in people left paralyzed after a stroke. In a study of 56 stroke survivors with paralysis on one side of the body, those who underwent robotic therapy improved more on a test of arm and shoulder motor fu

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  10. Stroke Takes a Toll on Hollywood Stars

    Feb. 10, 2011 (Los Angeles) -- Pop quiz: What do Bette Davis, Cary Grant, and Sharon Stone have in common, besides being Hollywood stars of course? Answer: All are Oscar nominees or winners who suffered a stroke, an event that took a tremendous toll on their and other stars' careers. Of the 409 acto

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