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  1. 'Vacuum' Device Is a Clot Buster

    Feb. 22, 2008 (New Orleans) -- A tiny vacuum-cleaner-like device can help stroke patients when standard clot-busting drugs fail, researchers report. Called Penumbra, the recently approved device suctions out clots that can cause an ischemic stroke. The most common type of stroke, ischemic stroke occ

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  2. More Strokes in U.S. Than in Europe

    Feb. 22, 2008 (New Orleans) -- Stroke is more prevalent in the United States than in Europe -- and higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and lifetime smoking in the U.S. play a major role, researchers report. Barriers to care in the U.S. -- chiefly a lack of universal health care coverage and minimal f

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  3. Omega-3 Pills for Stroke: A Fish Story?

    Feb. 22, 2008 (New Orleans) -- Fish oil supplements don't pack the same stroke-preventive punch as a diet rich in fish, a new study suggests. Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fatty fish and some plant and nut oils, such as olive and walnut, has been shown to lower the risk of heart

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  4. Caffeine-Alcohol Combo vs. Stroke

    Feb. 21, 2008 (New Orleans) -- A new drug that packs a wallop of caffeine and alcohol may be the latest weapon in the war on stroke. In a small study, 60% of stroke patients who were given the drug, called caffeinol, had no or minimal disability when they were discharged from the hospital. In contra

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  5. Calling Doc May Delay Stroke Treatment

    Feb. 20, 2008 (New Orleans) -- Dial 911 -- not your doctor -- at the first sign of a stroke. That's the advice of two teams of researchers who found that calling your physician can unnecessarily delay a trip to the emergency room. In one study, stroke victims who immediately called emergency service

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  6. Breast X-Rays May Predict Stroke Risk

    Feb. 21, 2008 (New Orleans) -- Mammograms may help predict whether a woman is at increased risk for stroke, new research suggests. That because breast X-rays can spot benign calcium deposits in the arteries, says Paul S. Dale, MD, chief of surgical oncology at the University of Missouri's Ellis Fisc

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  7. Dozing: A New Stroke Risk Factor?

    Feb. 21, 2008 (New Orleans) -- Older people who nod off throughout the day have more than four times the risk of stroke as those who don't doze, a new study suggests. Daytime dozing also appears to raise the chance of having a heart attack or dying of a heart attack or stroke, the researchers say. B

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  8. Fiber Linked to Less Severe Strokes

    Feb. 20, 2008 (New Orleans) -- Researchers have found that how much fiber you eat can affect stroke severity -- and the chances of recovery. The researchers studied 50 stroke victims. They found that the more fiber they ate, the less severe their stroke and the greater the chance they could resume e

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  9. Women's Spare Tire Tied to More Strokes

    Feb. 20, 2008 (New Orleans) -- Bulging waistlines may be to blame for a rise in strokes among middle-aged women, researchers report. In a large national study, weight gain, especially around the waist, was linked to an increase in strokes among women aged 35 to 54. "Women ages 35 to 54 have higher s

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  10. Stroke Patients Often Skip Medication

    Feb. 20, 2008 (New Orleans) -- Hundreds of thousands of stroke patients may be placing themselves at increased risk of another stroke simply by not taking their medication as directed. In a large study, researchers found that most stroke patients filled a prescription for a drug aimed at preventing

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