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  1. Stressful Choices for Surrogate Treatment Decision Makers

    March 1, 2011 -- Family members and others who act as surrogates, making treatment decisions for incapacitated loved ones, are sometimes affected adversely for months or years, according to a new review of published studies. ''Making these decisions has a profound effect on at least a substantial mi

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  2. Who Can Drive After a Stroke?

    Feb. 23, 2011 -- Wondering if it's OK for someone you know to drive a car after they've had a stroke? A few simple tests at the doctor's office can help determine who is more likely to be a safe driver after a stroke. Driving after a stroke can raise concerns for many people. A stroke can cause slow

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  3. Robots May Help Patients Recover From Stroke

    Feb. 11, 2011 (Los Angeles) -- Robot-assisted therapy can help improve arm and shoulder mobility in people left paralyzed after a stroke. In a study of 56 stroke survivors with paralysis on one side of the body, those who underwent robotic therapy improved more on a test of arm and shoulder motor fu

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  4. Clot-Busting Drug May Prevent Disability From Mild Stroke

    Feb. 10, 2011 (Los Angeles) -- Giving clot-busting drugs to people with mild strokes could prevent more than 2,000 of them from becoming disabled each year, researchers say. 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 call

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  5. Stroke Takes a Toll on Hollywood Stars

    Feb. 10, 2011 (Los Angeles) -- Pop quiz: What do Bette Davis, Cary Grant, and Sharon Stone have in common, besides being Hollywood stars of course? Answer: All are Oscar nominees or winners who suffered a stroke, an event that took a tremendous toll on their and other stars' careers. Of the 409 acto

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  6. Salty Diet Linked to Stroke Risk

    Feb. 9, 2011 (Los Angeles) -- Fewer than 2 teaspoons of salt a day may raise your risk of stroke. In a study of over 2,600 people, those who got more than 4,000 milligrams of sodium a day were about two-and-one-half times more likely to have a stroke than those who got less than 1,500 milligrams a d

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  7. Stroke Rates Are Rising for Young Americans

    Feb. 9, 2011 (Los Angeles) -- Stroke rates are rising sharply among children and younger adults while dropping in those aged 45 and older, suggests a nationwide snapshot of stroke hospitalizations. Doctors who heard the new figures at an American Stroke Association meeting here say they point to the

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  8. Is Diet Soda Linked to Heart, Stroke Risk?

    Feb. 9, 2011 (Los Angeles) -- You may feel less guilty if you opt for diet sodas over sugary beverages, but drinking them regularly may raise your risk of heart attack and stroke, a study suggests. In a nine-year study of more than 2,500 people, those who drank diet soda daily were 48% more likely t

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  9. Rare Form of Stroke Affects Young People

    Feb. 3, 2011 -- The American Heart Association says in a new scientific statement that a rare and often underreported form of stroke involving the veins and not the arteries is more common than previously thought. The AHA says the statement is its first on diagnosing and managing cerebral venous thr

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  10. Stroke History of Moms Predicts Risk for Daughters

    Feb. 1, 2011 -- The daughters of women who suffer strokes may be at increased risk of having a heart attack and also at increased risk of stroke, new research indicates. British researchers say it appears that inheriting vascular disease, specifically coronary artery disease and cerebrovascular dise

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