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Health News - Stroke

Early end to sickle cell anemia clinical trial prompted by successful outcome
Conclusive data show that hydroxyurea therapy offers safe and effective disease management of sickle cell anemia (SCA) and reduces the risk of stroke, prompting early termination by the National... (Medical News Today)

Why we need to fund newer blood-thinning agents to prevent strokes
Care gaps are emerging due to disharmony between healthcare reimbursement policies and evidence-based clinical guideline recommendations, cautions a group of Canadian physicians. (Medical News Today)

Testosterone replacement therapy not found to increase men's cardiovascular risks
An important new study of men who have undergone testosterone replacement therapy has found that taking supplemental testosterone does not increase their risk of experiencing a major adverse cardiac... (Medical News Today)

Survey results released about the link between atrial fibrillation and stroke
A new survey of more than 1,200 physicians, patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) and their caregivers uncovered important information gaps regarding the impact of AFib-related stroke, including... (Medical News Today)

Moms' pre-pregnancy weight impacts risk of dying decades later
Adults whose mothers were overweight or obese before pregnancy have a dramatically elevated risk of dying from heart disease or stroke, according to a new study presented at the American Heart... (Medical News Today)

Rapid response for inflammation control in songbirds' brains could lead to therapies in humans
A biological process in the brains of zebra finches shows that the songbirds respond quickly to trauma and are capable of controlling the natural inflammation that occurs to protect the brain from... (Medical News Today)

Controversial cholesterol-lowering drug 'vindicated' in global study
A large study has found that the cholesterol-lowering ezetimibe, taken in combination with a statin, is beneficial for patients at high risk for heart disease or stroke. (Medical News Today)

Specialized ambulance increases thrombolysis for stroke patients in 'golden hour'
A specialized ambulance staffed with a neurologist and equipped with a computed tomographic scanner helped increase the percentage of patients with stroke who received thrombolysis to break down... (Medical News Today)

Once-daily, low-dose aspirin does not reduce risk of CV death and other adverse outcomes in older patients with certain risk factors
Yasuo Ikeda, M.D., of Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, and colleagues examined whether once-daily, low-dose aspirin would reduce the total number of cardiovascular (CV) events (death from CV... (Medical News Today)

Twenty-five year hunt uncovers heart defect responsible for cardiovascular diseases
The landmark discovery of a tiny defect in a vital heart protein has for the first time enabled heart specialists to accurately pinpoint a therapeutic target for future efforts in developing a... (Medical News Today)

NSAIDS associated with serious bleeding and thromboembolism in patients with atrial fibrillation
A study being published in Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that people with atrial fibrillation (AF) who take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be at risk for serious bleeding... (Medical News Today)

CABG superior to PCI for treating diabetics with heart disease
Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) proves superior to percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for treating multivessel or left main coronary artery disease in diabetic patients, according to a... (Medical News Today)

New immunological findings provide possible therapy for cardiovascular disease
A new immunological mechanism in atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease has been presented in a study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. (Medical News Today)

Implanted device shows potential as alternative to warfarin for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation
Vivek Y. Reddy, M.D., of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, and colleagues examined the long-term efficacy and safety, compared to warfarin, of a device to achieve left atrial... (Medical News Today)

Study shows how brain maps develop to help us perceive the world
Driving to work becomes routine--but could you drive the entire way in reverse gear? Humans, like many animals, are accustomed to seeing objects pass behind us as we go forward. (Medical News Today)

Stroke and other cerebrovascular diseases a greater risk for African Americans
Researchers at The University of Texas have found that compared to Caucasian Americans, African Americans have impaired blood flow regulation in the brain that could contribute to a greater risk of... (Medical News Today)

Dementia risks rise with overuse of anti-stroke dual-drug combo
Patients with atrial fibrillation having long-term overtreatment with both antiplatelet and anti-clotting medication could have an increased risk of developing dementia. (Medical News Today)

Active asthma may significantly raise risk of heart attack
Recent asthma symptoms or asthma that requires daily medication may significantly raise the risk of heart attack, according to two research papers presented at the American Heart Association's... (Medical News Today)

Heart attack, stroke survivors' care needs may be much greater than experts thought
Survivors' physical limitations rapidly increase over decade following heart attack and stroke; many face disability, depression and caregiver relianceA record number of people are surviving... (Medical News Today)

New state level data demonstrate geographical variation in 10-year cardiovascular risk
Public health researchers seeking to determine an individual's risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), coronary heart disease (CHD), or stroke have previously relied on national US data... (Medical News Today)

Researchers question long-term benefits of popular diets
Researchers find insufficient and conflicting data to determine if popular Atkins, South Beach, Weight Watchers and Zone diets are beneficial for both weight loss and heart health. (Medical News Today)

Robot may explain some symptoms in schizophrenia and other neurological conditions
People don't really tend to see ghosts or guardian angels as much as "feel" them, and now researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology think they know where that "feeling of a... (Medical News Today)

Lifestyle education crucial to help young Americans control their blood pressure
Far too many "teachable moments" are lost in a doctor's office during which young adults with hypertension could have learned how to reduce their blood pressure. (Medical News Today)

150 is good enough when controlling systolic blood pressure in older adults
A broad review of the use of medications to reduce blood pressure has confirmed that "mild" control of systolic pressure is adequate for adults age 65 or older - in the elderly, there's no clear... (Medical News Today)

COX-2 inhibitors linked to increased risk of stroke death
Commonly prescribed for arthritis and pain, COX-2 inhibitors are associated with increased risk of heart attack, heart failure and death from stroke. (Medical News Today)

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