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  1. 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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  2. 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 st

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Clot-Busting Drug May Prevent Disability From Mild Stroke

    Feb. 10, 2011 (Los Angeles) -- Giving clot-busting drugs to people with mild strokes could prevent more than 2,000 of them from becoming disabled each year, researchers say. A stroke occurs when a clot cuts off blood flow to parts of the brain. Those parts of the brain soon start to die. A drug call

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  8. Stroke Rates Are Rising for Young Americans

    Feb. 9, 2011 (Los Angeles) -- Stroke rates are rising sharply among children and younger adults while dropping in those aged 45 and older, suggests a nationwide snapshot of stroke hospitalizations. Doctors who heard the new figures at an American Stroke Association meeting here say they point to the

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  9. Salty Diet Linked to Stroke Risk

    Feb. 9, 2011 (Los Angeles) -- Fewer than 2 teaspoons of salt a day may raise your risk of stroke. In a study of over 2,600 people, those who got more than 4,000 milligrams of sodium a day were about two-and-one-half times more likely to have a stroke than those who got less than 1,500 milligrams a d

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  10. Is Diet Soda Linked to Heart, Stroke Risk?

    Feb. 9, 2011 (Los Angeles) -- You may feel less guilty if you opt for diet sodas over sugary beverages, but drinking them regularly may raise your risk of heart attack and stroke, a study suggests. In a nine-year study of more than 2,500 people, those who drank diet soda daily were 48% more likely t

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