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  1. Smoking Pot May Raise Stroke Risk in Young Adults

    By Mary Brophy Marcus HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking pot may double a young adult's risk for stroke, new research suggests, but experts point out the study is small and not conclusive. Scientists from New Zealand presented their data Wednesday at the American Stroke

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  2. Some Antidepressants May Raise Stroke Risk

    Oct. 17, 2012 -- Some antidepressants are linked to a slight increased risk of bleeding stroke, according to a new analysis. Researchers looked at 16 published studies that included more than 500,000 people. They focused on the popular antidepressants known as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inh

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  3. Strokes Striking Younger People

    Oct. 10, 2012 -- People are having strokes at younger ages, according to new research. "This is still a disease of the old, but a surprisingly higher proportion of younger patients are having strokes, and it's getting worse over time," says researcher Brett Kissela, MD, professor and vice chair of n

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  4. Tomatoes May Lower Your Risk for Stroke

    Oct. 8, 2012 -- Men who eat lots of tomatoes and tomato-based products may have a lower risk for stroke, a new study suggests. Tomatoes are rich in the antioxidant lycopene. Men who had the highest levels of lycopene in their blood were 55% less likely to have a stroke, compared with men who had the

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  5. Some Minor Strokes Lead to Disability

    Sept 13, 2012 -- Minor strokes and transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) are red flags for full-blown strokes in the future. But new research suggests that they can lead to disability in their own right. A TIA, sometimes called a “mini stroke,” causes stroke-like symptoms, but they last for less than 24

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  6. Heavy Drinkers at Greater Risk for Stroke

    Sept 10, 2012 -- Heavy drinkers may be at a much greater risk for a bleeding stroke, a new study suggests. People who drank about three or more alcoholic drinks per day also had the strokes almost a decade and a half before those who didn’t drink quite as much. The findings appear in Neurology. Exac

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  7. Can Chocolate Lower Your Risk for Stroke?

    Aug. 29, 2012 -- New research provides another helping of sweet news for chocolate lovers. Men who eat a moderate amount of chocolate each week may be less likely to have a stroke, compared to men who don’t eat any chocolate.  Most studies suggest that health benefits come mainly from dark chocolate

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  8. Yoga Improves Balance After Stroke

    July 26, 2012 -- Starting yoga even long after a stroke may improve the balance of stroke survivors, a study shows. "It's an exciting thing," says study researcher Arlene Schmid, PhD. "People can improve their balance years after a stroke. They can change their brain and change their body. They are

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  9. Arm and Hand Exercises for Stroke Rehab

    Recovering after a stroke may feel like a daunting task. Among other things, your brain must relearn skills it lost when it was damaged by the stroke. Recent research, though, shows that the brain is amazingly resilient and capable of adapting after a stroke. This means that recovery is more possibl

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  10. Stroke Recovery and Arm Rehab: Important Questions

    After a stroke, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns about how -- and even if -- you will recover. When will you be able to move your arms? Is your independent life gone forever? It's difficult to predict to what degree someone will recover after a stroke, says Randie M. Black-Schaffer,

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