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Health News - Stroke

Receiving prescription for stroke meds at hospital discharge improves outcome
Stroke patients are 70 per cent more likely to continue taking their stroke prevention medications one year later if they have a prescription in hand when discharged - according to researchers at St. (Medical News Today)

Research could lead to improved treatments for stroke or other brain injuries
Learning a new skill is easier when it is related to an ability we already have. For example, a trained pianist can learn a new melody easier than learning how to hit a tennis serve. (Medical News Today)

Cognitive impairment increases risk of stroke
People with cognitive impairment are significantly more likely to have a stroke, with a 39% increased risk, than people with normal cognitive function, according to a new study published in CMAJ... (Medical News Today)

Cognitive impairment 'associated with a higher risk of stroke'
A new study published in the CMAJ finds that the risk of stroke is 39% higher among patients with cognitive impairment than those with normal cognitive function. (Medical News Today)

Telemedicine improved and sustained high-quality stroke care in rural Germany
Using telecommunications to connect stroke experts to stroke patients in rural areas continued to improve and sustain stroke care, according to new research in the American Heart Association's... (Medical News Today)

A novel pathway for prevention of heart attack and stroke
A recent Finnish study could pave the way for preventing brain and cardiac ischemia induced by atherosclerosis. (Medical News Today)

Sickle cell anemia-related brain injury in children reduced by monthly blood transfusions
Regular blood transfusions prevent recurrent blockage of brain blood vessels, a serious neurological side effect that occurs in one third of children with sickle cell anemia, according to a study... (Medical News Today)

Telestroke units 'improve care for stroke patients living in areas lacking expertise'
A 10-year analysis of telestroke units in Bavaria, Germany, finds that they improve the care of stroke patients who lack access to extensive neurology support. (Medical News Today)

Novel oral anticoagulant prescriptions soar, but at a high cost
Warfarin, the longtime standard treatment for atrial fibrillation, is facing competition from new options in the anticoagulant drug marketplace including dabigatran, rivaroxaban, and apixaban. (Medical News Today)

Do colds increase the risk of stroke in children?
A recent study suggests that there may be an elevated stroke risk for children during the few days after a minor infection such as a cold. (Medical News Today)

Stroke mortality associated with nurse staffing but not weekend rounds by stroke specialist physicians
Hospital staffing levels have been associated with patient outcomes, but staffing on weekends has not been well studied, despite a recent UK mandate to make physician specialist care 7 days a week... (Medical News Today)

Heart and stroke risks in diabetic women reduced 30 percent by cholesterol drug
The cholesterol-lowering drug fenofibrate cuts cardiovascular disease risks by 30 per cent in women with type-2 diabetes, a new University of Sydney study reveals. (Medical News Today)

New cholesterol guidelines reduce heart attacks, strokes
A study from UT Southwestern researchers found that recently introduced cholesterol guidelines would significantly reduce new cardiovascular events, when compared to treatment based on previous... (Medical News Today)

In mouse model, targeted brain stimulation aids recovery
When investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine applied light-driven stimulation to nerve cells in the brains of mice that had suffered strokes several days earlier, the mice showed... (Medical News Today)

Ability to self administer medication after stroke associated with memory loss
Screening stroke survivors for medication self-administration ability may be a useful approach to identifying memory deficits that contribute to poor outcomes. (Medical News Today)

A significant step toward understanding how we learn a motor skill
Using a deceptively simple set of experiments, researchers at Johns Hopkins have learned why people learn an identical or similar task faster the second, third and subsequent time around. (Medical News Today)

Increased stroke risk associated with low education, smoking and hypertension
Adults smokers with limited education face a greater risk of stroke than those with a higher education, according to new research in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke. (Medical News Today)

The risk of resistant hypertension increases with the severity of sleep apnea
A new study shows a strong association between severe, untreated obstructive sleep apnea and the risk of elevated blood pressure despite the use of high blood pressure medications. (Medical News Today)

Heart disease, stroke hospitalizations and deaths fall in last decade
A study finds that hospitalization and death rates from heart disease and stroke declined in 1999-2011. Researchers say this is down to better diagnosis, treatment and lifestyle. (Medical News Today)

We need to improve dental health of Canada's seniors
Many seniors in Canada have poor oral health, and we need to start the conversation about how to improve access to dental care for this vulnerable group, argues an editorial published in CMAJ... (Medical News Today)

Non-communicable diseases in the era of effective HIV treatment
As effective treatments for HIV become more widely available in low- and middle-income countries, there's an urgent need to assess and manage health risks in the growing number of people living with... (Medical News Today)

Smokers with low education 'may have greater risk of stroke'
Adults smokers with lower education face a greater risk of stroke than those with a higher education, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke. (Medical News Today)

Could growth hormone treatment increase the risk of stroke?
A new study suggests that people who receive growth hormone treatment as children could face an increased risk of stroke as young adults. (Medical News Today)

Research supports the wider use of screening in asymptomatic population to treat vascular disease and save lives
Data presented at the 26th World Congress of the International Union of Angiology (IUA), Sydney, Australia, highlights the benefit of ultrasound screening in detecting early signs of vascular... (Medical News Today)

Experiencing atrial fibrillation while hospitalized for surgery associated with increased long-term risk of stroke
In a study that included 1.7 million patients undergoing inpatient surgery, experiencing atrial fibrillation while hospitalized was associated with an increased long-term risk of ischemic stroke... (Medical News Today)

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