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  1. Apples, Pears May Reduce Stroke Risk

    Sept. 15, 2011 -- Eating lots of white-fleshed fruit such as apples and pears may significantly reduce the risk of stroke. In a new study, Dutch researchers set out to determine a possible link between stroke risk and eating fruits and vegetables of various colors. They took a look at self-reported

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  2. Strokes in Children and Young Adults on the Rise

    Sept. 1, 2011 -- Strokes in children, teens, and young adults are increasing at an alarming rate in the U.S., according to a new study. Mary G. George, MD, MSPH, and colleagues from the CDC looked at national hospital discharge data from 42 states. They focused on three age groups: 5-14, 15-34, and

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  3. Sleeping Soon After Dinner May Raise Stroke Risk

    Aug. 30, 2011 (Paris) -- Once again, mom was right: Don't eat too close to bedtime. A new study suggests that waiting at least an hour after dinner before going to sleep reduces your risk of stroke by about two-thirds. And for every 20 minutes more that you wait, stroke risk drops another 10%, says

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  4. No ‘Weekend Effect’ at Specialized Stroke Centers

    Aug. 25, 2011 -- If you think hospitals aren’t as good at treating strokes on weekends as they are on weekdays, reconsider. A new study shows that the so-called “weekend effect” doesn’t apply everywhere. And besides, the stakes are way too high to ever delay seeking care. No matter what day of the w

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  5. Ultrasound of Neck Predicts Who Will Have a Stroke

    Aug. 17, 2011 -- Two noninvasive imaging tests may help determine which people with a narrowing of arteries in the neck will need surgery to reduce their future risk of stroke, a study suggests. A narrowing of the carotid arteries in the neck is known as asymptomatic carotid stenosis (ACS). "Asympto

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  6. Statins Lower Risk of 2nd Stroke in Young Adults

    Aug. 1, 2011 -- Cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins may help reduce the risk of recurrent strokes in young people even if they don’t have high cholesterol levels, according to new research in the journal  Neurology. Statins are widely prescribed to reduce the risk of recurrent stroke and heart

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  7. Brain Injuries Increase Risk of Stroke

    July 28, 2011 -- People who have had a traumatic brain injury face a tenfold increase in the risk of having a stroke within three months, according to a new study. Traumatic brain injury occurs when a blow or jolt to the head causes changes in a person’s normal brain function. It can result from inj

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  8. Being Optimistic May Reduce Risk of Stroke

    July 21, 2011 -- Findings from a new study suggest that being optimistic may reduce your risk of stroke. The observational study, conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, is published online in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. People who are optimistic expect a favor

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  9. Motivational Therapy Helps Treat Stroke Patients

    June 23, 2011 -- People who suffer strokes and then meet with therapists within just a few weeks for motivational talk-based therapy may be less prone to depression and death than patients who receive standard care, a new study suggests. The research involved 411 patients in a hospital stroke unit w

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  10. Moderate Exercise May Cut Risk of 'Silent' Stroke

    June 8, 2011 -- People who continue to engage in moderate to intense exercise as they age may be less likely to develop the small brain lesions commonly referred to as silent strokes, new research suggests. Silent strokes are generally not recognized at the time they happen because patients do not h

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