Brain Injury

Medical Xpress: Lasers used to detect risk of heart attack and stroke

Patients at risk of heart attacks and strokes may be spotted earlier thanks to a diagnosis tool that uses near-infrared light to identify high-risk arterial plaques, according to research carried out at WMG, University of Warwick, the Baker Institute and Monash University. The scientists observed that when they increased the wavelength of the light currently […]

Science Daily: Study: Playing smartphone app aids concussion recovery in teens

Generally, after suffering a concussion, patients are encouraged to avoid reading, watching TV and using mobile devices to help their brains heal. But new research shows that teenagers who used a mobile health app once a day in conjunction with medical care improved concussion symptoms and optimism more than with standard medical treatment alone. (August […]

Harvard Health: A salad a day keeps stroke away?

New research suggests that eating plenty of nitrate-rich vegetables — such as lettuce, spinach, and beets — may lower your risk of dying of a stroke or heart attack. During digestion, your body converts nitrates into nitric oxide. This compound relaxes and widens blood vessels, which helps lower blood pressure. (August 14, 2017) Read the […]

Medical Xpress: Cooling helmet, supplement show potential as concussion healers

A brain cooling device and an oral supplement made from pine bark extract both have potential to expedite concussion recovery, according to two new studies by Penn State researchers. “Currently there are no clinically validated tools or procedures to treat concussive injury,” said Semyon Slobounov, professor of kinesiology and an author of the studies. (August […]

Reuters: Increased risk of heart attack, stroke soon after cancer diagnosis

Patients with cancer have higher risks of heart attack and stroke from blood clots, especially in the first few months after diagnosis, compared with people who don’t have cancer, researchers report. “A new diagnosis of cancer is associated with more than a doubling in risk of stroke and heart attack in the first six months […]

Science Daily: Brain injury in kids might lead to alcohol abuse

Researchers have surveyed previous studies to investigate the relationship between traumatic brain injuries and alcohol abuse. They found evidence that traumatic brain injuries in children and adolescents could be a risk-factor for alcohol abuse in later life, and advise that brain injury survivors should be given special attention to address potential substance abuse issues. (August […]

ABC News: Strokes on the decline in men but not in women, study finds

The good news is that we are seeing fewer strokes affecting the United States population in the past two decades. But a new report suggests that the stroke rate in men, not women, is declining faster. Stroke has dropped to the fifth leading cause of death among men but remains the fourth leading cause among […]

Medical News Today: What is paresthesia? Causes and symptoms

Paresthesia is numbness or a burning feeling that occurs most often in the extremities, such as the hands, arms, legs, or feet, but that can happen elsewhere in the body as well. It is the same “pins and needles” feeling that happens when someone sits on their leg or foot for too long. (August 9, […]