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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Snake Venom Extract Fights Stroke

    Feb. 8, 2007 (San Francisco) -- An experimental drug derived from the venom of the feared Malayan pit viper shows promise for the treatment of stroke, an analysis of six studies involving over 4,000 stroke victims suggests. The drug, known as Viprinex, may double the time window during which victims

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  5. Stroke Symptoms May Differ in Women

    Feb. 8, 2007 (San Francisco) -- Female stroke victims are less likely to report classic stroke symptoms than men -- one possible explanation for why they aren't as likely to get a crucial stroke drug. The new research found that female stroke victims are 33% less likely to report a classic stroke sy

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  6. Hip Hop to Stroke Awareness

    Feb. 7, 2007 (San Francisco) -- What do hip hop and beauty salons have in common? Both offer captive audiences for teaching children the signs and symptoms of a stroke, researchers report. In a study of about 400 kids who hip-hopped to stroke awareness, the proportion that could recognize two or mor

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  7. U.S. Stroke Risk Drops

    Dec. 26, 2006 – Americans have a lower risk of stroke than they did in previous decades -- but when strokes come, they are just as bad as ever. The findings come from the famous Framingham Study, which has looked at Americans' heart attack and stroke risks since the 1940s. The current report looks a

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  8. New Therapy for Partial Paralysis

    Nov. 1, 2006 -- In some stroke survivors with partial paralysis on one side, short-term, intensive physical therapy that restrains their good arm and hand may lead to lasting improvements in the paralyzed one, a new study shows. In the study, patients who underwent the new therapy took a third less

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  9. Neck Surgery Less Risky Than Stents

    Oct. 20, 2006 -- When it comes to opening blocked carotid arteries, surgery may be less risky than stents. That's according to a study by French doctors including Jean-Louis Mas, MD, of the Hospitaux Sainte-Anne in Paris. The carotid arteries run through the neck, taking blood to the brain. They can

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  10. Can You Have a Stroke and Not Know It?

    Oct. 9, 2006 -- Many U.S. adults aged 45 and older may have had a stroke without realizing it, a new study shows. People should learn stroke's warning signs and immediately seek emergency medical help if those symptoms appear, write the researchers. Before you read about their study, which appears i

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