Brain Injury

Parade: 5 doctor-recommended steps to prevent stroke

If you’ve ever worried that your family history suggests a stroke is in your future, there’s good news: “Genetics do play a role, but less than most people might imagine,” says Daniel Labovitz, M.D., director of the Stern Stroke Center at the New York-based Montefiore Medical Center. “Family history of stroke is only a mild […]

U.S. News & World Report: As younger men’s smoking rises, so does their stroke risk

Men under 50 who smoke cigarettes are increasing their risk for a stroke, researchers warn. And the more they smoke, the greater their stroke risk, reported the University of Maryland investigators. The bottom line: quit. But if you can’t, smoking fewer cigarettes may help reduce your risk, the researchers said. (April 19, 2018) Read the […]

CNN: One concussion could increase risk of Parkinson’s disease, study says

A diagnosis of traumatic brain injury — whether mild, moderate or severe — is associated with an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease as well as a two years younger age at diagnosis, new research in veterans says. The size of the risk was found to be dependent on the severity of the injury. (April […]

Science Daily: Researchers chart a new way to look at concussion

A Portland State University research team studying concussion has published an interactive diagram showing the many facets of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) — from sleep problems to mood disorders to the increased danger of dementia — and how they connect with and affect each other. The diagram and its accompanying web-based presentation are part […]

Live Science: Can an opioid overdose drug help stroke patients recover?

The same medication used to save lives by reversing opioid overdoses may also benefit nonopioid users. In a new study done in rats, the medicine, called naloxone, was shown to help the brain to recover from a stroke. Researchers found that when male rats were treated for one week with naloxone after having an ischemic […]

Bel Marra Health: Stroke risk in hypertension patients linked to proteinuria: Study

Proteinuria (abnormal proteins in the urine) is a common side effect of stroke, but there is little known about the connection between proteinuria and patients who also suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure) following a stroke. Previous studies have hypothesized a 50–92 percent increased risk of stroke with the presence of proteinuria in hypertension patients. […]

Neurology Advisor: Baseline neurocognitive testing may be misleading in concussion evaluation

High base rates of failure are consistently observed for baseline neurocognitive testing for the management of sports-related concussion, particularly in child athletes, according to the findings from a retrospective cross-sectional study published in JAMA Neurology. Athletes between age 10 and 21 attending a clinical referral center were included in the analysis (n=7897). (April 12, 2018) […]

Neurology Advisor: Successful reperfusion linked to reduced edema in acute ischemic stroke

Successful therapeutic reperfusion with endovascular treatment is associated with reduced edema and midline shift (MLS) in patients with acute ischemic stroke, according to a study published in JAMA Neurology. This post hoc analysis examined the results of the MR CLEAN trial, a randomized, prospective, multicenter clinical trial that took place in The Netherlands between December […]

Medical Xpress: Wildfire smoke could send more seniors to the ER for heart, stroke issues

Smoke from wildfires, particularly for people 65 and older, could cause an increase in emergency room visits for heart and brain-related issues, according to new research. The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, was one of the most extensive of wildfire health impacts in California. (April 11, 2018) Read the […]

Medical Xpress: New method lets doctors quickly assess severity of brain injuries

A new way to rapidly assess levels of consciousness in people with head injuries could improve patient care. The new score – based on the Glasgow Coma Scale – could also help doctors assess the health of the patient’s central nervous system in cases of serious trauma or intensive care. (April 10, 2018) Read the […]