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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. Yoga May Improve Balance of Stroke Patients

      June 6, 2011 -- Practicing yoga after a stroke may help rebuild balance and prevent potentially disabling falls among the elderly, a study shows. The study shows stroke survivors who participated in a specialized post-stroke yoga class improved their balance by up to 34%. Researchers say the partici

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    9. Use of Key Clot-Busting Stroke Drug Is Rising

      June 2, 2011 -- The use of a clot-busting drug for stroke has increased in the U.S., according to a new study. However, its overall use is still low. Known as tPA, the clot buster is approved to treat the type of stroke caused by a blood clot in the brain, known as ischemic stroke. "At the end of 20

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    10. Racial, Ethnic Gap in Stroke Care

      May 26, 2011 - The American Heart Association (AHA) is calling for new efforts to curb stroke in minority groups. In a scientific statement, the AHA notes that stroke is more common among African-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, and Alaskan Natives than among whites. The AHA calls for raising

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