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  1. 'Whispering' Strokes Are Common

    Aug. 2, 2007 -- Researchers have coined a new term, "whispering stroke," for strokes with subtle symptoms that doctors and patients may overlook. But whispering strokes shouldn't get hushed. A new study shows that whispering strokes can dim patients' physical and mental functioning and cut their qua

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  2. Midlife Stroke Most Common in Women

    June 20, 2007 -- The chance of having a stroke from ages 45 to 54 may be more than twice as high for women as for men. Researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) report that news online in the journal Neurology. Amytis Towfighi, MD, and colleagues reviewed data from national

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  3. Folic Acid May Lower Stroke Risk

    May 31, 2007 -- Folic acid supplements appear to reduce the risk of stroke, particularly in people who do not get enough of this B vitamin. When findings from eight previously reported studies were combined, researchers found the benefits were greatest among people who took folic acid supplements th

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  4. Stroke: Where Does Your State Rank?

    May 17, 2007 -- Mississippi leads the U.S. in stroke prevalence, and Connecticut has the nation's lowest stroke prevalence rate, says the CDC. The CDC announced that news today in its first state-by-state list of stroke prevalence rates. Data came from a 2005 health survey of more than 356,000 civil

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  5. Sibling Had Stroke? Your Risk Goes Up

    May 2, 2007 (Boston) -- If your brother or sister has had a stroke, you’re almost twice as likely as the average American to suffer one yourself, a new study suggests. Mexican-American men whose siblings have had a stroke are at particularly high risk: They’re nearly three times as likely to have a

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  6. Common Gene Glitch May Up Stroke Risk

    March 26, 2007 -- A common genetic mutation may make people two to three times more likely to have a stroke. Danish doctors report that news in Neurology. The researchers include Borge Nordestgaard, MD, DMSc, who works in the clinical biochemistry department at Denmark's Herlev University. Nordestga

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  7. Stroke Deadlier on Weekends?

    March 8, 2007 -- Stroke victims hospitalized on a weekend may be more likely to die than those admitted during the week, according to a Canadian study. The study tracked stroke deaths in 606 Canadian hospitals from April 2003 through March 2004. After taking risk factors including age, sex, other il

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  8. Air Pollution May Up Fatal Stroke Risk

    Feb. 15, 2007 -- Fine particles in air pollution may raise fatal stroke risk in people aged 65 and older during warm months. So say experts including Jaana Kettunen, MSc, of Finland's National Public Health Institute. Kettunen's team studied fatal stroke risk and air pollution among people 65 and ol

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  9. Faith May Help Stroke Patients Cope

    Feb. 15, 2007 -- Strong religious beliefs can protect stroke patients from emotional distress, perhaps aiding recovery, according to a new Italian study. Emotional distress, particularly depression, has been shown in other research to negatively affect recovery during a stroke patient's hospitalizat

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  10. New Brain Stent Opens Blocked Arteries

    Feb. 9, 2007 (San Francisco) -- Stents -- the small mesh tubes that revolutionized heart care -- may offer a new option for thousands of stroke survivors who still have blocked brain arteries despite optimal medical treatment. So suggests a study of 131 stroke survivors implanted with a novel type o

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