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  1. Electrical Brain Stimulation May Raise Math Skill

    Nov. 4, 2010 -- Electrical brain stimulation can help boost math skills for up to six months, finds a new study published in Current Biology. While the people in the new study did not have any math deficits, close to 20% of individuals do have a moderate to severe math disability, and even more will

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  2. Temporary Stroke Risk After Drinking Coffee?

    Nov. 1, 2010 -- Stroke risk increases in the hour after drinking a cup of coffee, but this risk reverses itself within two hours, a study shows. The increased stroke risk is seen among occasional coffee drinkers or those who drink one or fewer cups of coffee a day. The study is published in the Nove

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  3. Magnet Treatment May Help Stroke Patients

    Sept. 14, 2010 -- Researchers in Egypt say a non-invasive type of brain stimulation involving magnets could be a useful treatment for patients partially paralyzed by stroke. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is mostly used for depression, with some studies finding it to be a benefi

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  4. New Anticlotting Drugs in the Works

    Sept. 1, 2010 (Stockholm, Sweden) -- Two experimental anticlotting drugs showed impressive results at preventing deadly blood clots, doctors say. If approved, they will offer alternatives to the old standby, warfarin, which many people can't or won't take. In one study of 5,600 patients who couldn't

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  5. Migraines With Aura May Raise Stroke Risk

    Aug. 24, 2010 -- Evidence is accumulating that migraines with aura -- a transient visual or sensory disturbance, such as light flashes or zigzag patterns-- may increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Researchers have also found that migraine with aura seems to boost the risk of earlier death

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  6. Stroke Risk Higher in Hour After 'Happy Hour'

    July 15, 2010 -- Just one drink -- whether beer, wine, or hard liquor -- may double your risk of stroke in the hour after your cocktail hour, according to a new study in Stroke. A few hours later, however, your risk seems to return to its previous level. Numerous studies have shown that moderate alc

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  7. Researchers Identify 10 Risk Factors for Stroke

    June 18, 2010 -- Ten simple and modifiable risk factors for stroke, including high blood pressure and smoking, comprise 90% of a person's risk, a study shows. The findings from the INTERSTROKE study are published in The Lancet. High blood pressure was the leading risk factor for all types of stroke,

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  8. Many Stroke Patients Don't Get Quick Treatment

    June 3, 2010 -- About one in four patients makes it to the hospital during a stroke within an hour of the onset of symptoms -- the optimal time for treatment with clot-busting drugs, a  study shows. But just one in five of these patients who were candidates for the treatment actually got it within a

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  9. Stroke Patients Discharged Without Statins

    May 27, 2010 -- Far too many stroke patients are being discharged from hospitals without receiving prescriptions for statin medications, a new study shows. This is alarming because previous studies have shown that patients who take the cholesterol-lowering medications after a stroke reduce their cha

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  10. Friends of Stroke Victims Reluctant to Call 911

    May 13, 2010 -- Stroke victims need immediate emergency attention, but a new study shows that most people who realize stroke warning signs are occurring in a friend or family member may not call 911, thereby delaying potentially lifesaving treatment. This is alarming, Michigan researchers suggest, b

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