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  1. Stroke Treatment Window Widens

    May 28, 2009 -- After a stroke, you've got very little time to get treatment. But some patients now have a bit more time. 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 called tissue plasminogen activator -- tPA -- dissolves

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  2. Surviving Stroke: A Personal Story

    It all started with a headache -- pounding pain behind the left eye -- that wouldn't go away. A healthy 37-year-old at the time, Jill Bolte Taylor tried to shake the pain with a cardio workout. But that didn't work. Feeling rocky, Taylor headed for her shower. She noticed herself losing coordination

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  3. Statins May Lower Stroke Risk

    April 15, 2009 -- Taking statins, which are drugs that lower cholesterol, may make stroke 18% less likely for high-risk patients. That news, published in May's edition of The Lancet, comes from a review of 24 studies that included nearly 165,800 adults at high risk of stroke. The patients, who were

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  4. Music May Help Stroke Patients

    March 25, 2009 -- Listening to music you like is a mood booster, and it may also help stroke patients with visual awareness problems do better on neurological tests. That news appears in the early online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. British researchers -- including Dav

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  5. Robots Give Stroke Patients a Helping Hand

    Feb. 20, 2009 (San Diego) -- Stroke patients who were lent a robotic hand regained some lost strength and motor skills, researchers report. Steven C. Cramer, MD, director of the Stroke Center at the University of California, Irvine, and colleagues studied 15 stroke patients with partial paralysis an

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  6. Early Menopause May Double Stroke Risk

    Feb. 20, 2009 (San Diego) -- Women who permanently stop menstruating before age 42 are twice as likely as other women to suffer a stroke, a large study shows. “On the opposite end, women who enter natural menopause after age 54 are about 70% less likely to have a stroke compared with women who enter

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  7. B Vitamins May Cut Stroke Risk

    Feb. 20, 2009 (San Diego) -- High doses of B vitamins may help prevent stroke in high-risk people, new research suggests. The finding comes from the Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation 2 trial of more than 5,500 men and women with heart disease. Participants were assigned to a daily regimen of eith

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  8. Tea, Coffee May Reduce Stroke Risk

    Feb. 19, 2009 -- The odds of having a stroke may be lower for tea drinkers and coffee drinkers. That's according to two studies presented today in San Diego at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2009. Those studies were observational -- participants weren't assigned to

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  9. Where Fast Food Joints Abound, So Do Strokes

    Feb. 19, 2009 -- Stroke risk is linked to the number of fast food restaurants in a given area, a new study suggests. Researchers zeroed in on a region of Texas, analyzed neighborhoods for the number of fast food restaurants, and found a 13% elevated risk of ischemic stroke in neighborhoods with the

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  10. Coffee Cuts Stroke Risk in Women

    Feb. 16, 2009 -- Coffee addicts: Your habit may actually be good for you. Regular coffee consumption reduces the risk of stroke in women, according to a new study. The study, published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, shows that women who drank four or more cups of coffee a

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