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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. Stroke Rehab: Home Exercise as Good as Rehab Facility

      May 25, 2011 -- When it comes to helping stroke patients walk again, low-tech, home-based approaches to rehabilitation may work just as well as specialized treadmill training in a rehab facility, a new study shows. The key to the success, researchers say, appears to be the intensity and frequency of

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    7. Many Strokes Occur in Sleep, Preventing Treatment

      May 9, 2011 -- Many people who suffer strokes have them while they are asleep, which may prevent them from getting clot-busting treatment in the critical first few hours after a stroke, a study shows. Such strokes, referred to as wake-up strokes, account for about 14% of all strokes, according to th

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    8. Young in U.S. Pay No Attention to Stroke Risk

      May 2, 2011 -- According to the American Heart Association, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds in the U.S. Yet most Americans between 18 and 24 are dangerously naive about their health and assume they are healthy even though they eat too much fast food, drink too many sugary and alcoholic bev

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    9. 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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    10. 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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