Brain Injury

Neurology Advisor: Stroke associated with long-term brain effects, accelerated functional decline

Stroke may be associated with long-term neurologic adverse effects that result in accelerated functional decline and disability, according to a study published in JAMA Neurology. A total of 5888 Medicare-eligible patients from the population-based, prospective Cardiovascular Health Study were included in this analysis. (November 29, 2017) Read the full article here

R&D Mag: MRI-compatible robot could lead to individualized treatments for stroke survivors

No two stroke survivors are alike. While many do have lingering brain damage that makes motor tasks difficult, the rate at which each person heals, and what techniques best help them to heal, varies vastly amongst patients. Despite these differences, the current method for assessing brain damage is the same for each patient. (November 29, […]

CBS News: Doctors seek new hope for patients with eye stroke

Jeff Markowitz is hoping to regain the vision he’s lost. He had a stroke in the eye, which happens when blood vessels supplying nutrients and oxygen to the optic nerve become blocked. It can cause sudden vision loss and sometimes blindness. “I noticed a shadow on my right eye,” Markowitz told CBS News. “By the […]

Medical Xpress: Price changes for seven foods could save thousands of lives per year, study says

Changing the prices of seven foods, including fruits, vegetables and sugar-sweetened beverages, could reduce deaths due to stroke, diabetes and cardiovascular disease and address health disparities in the United States, finds a study led by researchers from Tufts University. In the study, published today in BMC Medicine, the team of researchers used a comparative risk […]

UPI: New research details impacts of youth football on the brain

Just a single season on the gridiron is enough to trigger measurable changes in the brains of some school-age football players. After a year of playing football, researchers found student athletes with a history of concussion and high impact exposure experience change to their default mode network, a neural network most active during wakeful rest. […]

Medical Xpress: Quickly treating mini-stroke can cut risk for future stroke

Prompt treatment of a mini-stroke could reduce the likelihood of having a full-blown stroke by roughly 80 percent, according to a new report. People who have a mini-stroke—officially called a transient ischemic attack (TIA)—typically recover from symptoms, such as trouble speaking or paralysis, within minutes. But a trio of neurologists from Loyola University Medical Center […]

U.S. News & World Report: Why you’re at a higher risk for stroke if you have diabetes

A stroke interrupts the blood supply to your brain. It’s a serious medical condition that can lead to long-term disability and even death, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. When you have diabetes, you’re at a higher risk for having a stroke for a few reasons. First, people with Type 2 diabetes […]

Science Daily: Blueprint to reduce wasteful blood transfusions

By analyzing data from randomized clinical trials comparing blood transfusion approaches, experts endorse recommendations for blood transfusions that reduce blood use to improve patient safety and outcomes. The report also provides a how-to guide for launching a patient blood management program. (November 20, 2017) Read the full article here