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  1. Preventing Strokes: Stents vs. Surgery

    April 9, 2008 -- A less invasive alternative to surgery for clearing neck arteries of plaque proved as effective as surgical treatment for preventing strokes in high-risk patients in a three-year follow-up study. Carotid artery stenting was compared to open-neck surgery in 260 patients considered le

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  2. Getting Back to Work After a Stroke

    March 27, 2008 -- A stroke can have a major impact on every aspect of a person's life, including his or her job. New research shows that only about half of stroke survivors are able to return to work, and continuing disability and depression are major causes. Though people often associate strokes wi

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  3. Strokes Up in China as Economy Booms

    Feb. 29, 2008 -- A new study shows the most common type of stroke increased almost 9% annually over a 20-year period in China as its economy boomed. At the same time, deaths from strokes decreased. Ischemic strokes, the most common type of stroke, are caused by blood clots. "The changes in patterns

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  4. 'Vacuum' Device Is a Clot Buster

    Feb. 22, 2008 (New Orleans) -- A tiny vacuum-cleaner-like device can help stroke patients when standard clot-busting drugs fail, researchers report. Called Penumbra, the recently approved device suctions out clots that can cause an ischemic stroke. The most common type of stroke, ischemic stroke occ

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  5. More Strokes in U.S. Than in Europe

    Feb. 22, 2008 (New Orleans) -- Stroke is more prevalent in the United States than in Europe -- and higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and lifetime smoking in the U.S. play a major role, researchers report. Barriers to care in the U.S. -- chiefly a lack of universal health care coverage and minimal f

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  6. Omega-3 Pills for Stroke: A Fish Story?

    Feb. 22, 2008 (New Orleans) -- Fish oil supplements don't pack the same stroke-preventive punch as a diet rich in fish, a new study suggests. Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fatty fish and some plant and nut oils, such as olive and walnut, has been shown to lower the risk of heart

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  7. Dozing: A New Stroke Risk Factor?

    Feb. 21, 2008 (New Orleans) -- Older people who nod off throughout the day have more than four times the risk of stroke as those who don't doze, a new study suggests. Daytime dozing also appears to raise the chance of having a heart attack or dying of a heart attack or stroke, the researchers say. B

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  8. Calling Doc May Delay Stroke Treatment

    Feb. 20, 2008 (New Orleans) -- Dial 911 -- not your doctor -- at the first sign of a stroke. That's the advice of two teams of researchers who found that calling your physician can unnecessarily delay a trip to the emergency room. In one study, stroke victims who immediately called emergency service

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  9. Breast X-Rays May Predict Stroke Risk

    Feb. 21, 2008 (New Orleans) -- Mammograms may help predict whether a woman is at increased risk for stroke, new research suggests. That because breast X-rays can spot benign calcium deposits in the arteries, says Paul S. Dale, MD, chief of surgical oncology at the University of Missouri's Ellis Fisc

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  10. Caffeine-Alcohol Combo vs. Stroke

    Feb. 21, 2008 (New Orleans) -- A new drug that packs a wallop of caffeine and alcohol may be the latest weapon in the war on stroke. In a small study, 60% of stroke patients who were given the drug, called caffeinol, had no or minimal disability when they were discharged from the hospital. In contra

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