Brain Injury

Health 24: Infections may be a trigger for heart attack and stroke

Diabetes, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol are well-known risk factors for cardiovascular disease. But what about just getting sick? Could picking up some type of bug increase your chance of having a stroke or heart attack? A new study suggests it could. (January 23, 2019) Read the full article here

Reuters: Aspirin lowers heart attack risk but raises risk of dangerous bleeding

People without heart disease who take a daily aspirin may lower their risk of a heart attack or stroke, but a new study confirms they also have an increased risk of severe internal bleeding. U.S. doctors have long advised adults who haven’t had a heart attack or stroke but are at high risk for these […]

Science Daily: Targeting ‘hidden pocket’ for treatment of stroke and seizure

By closely examining a special neuron receptor that is involved in memory, learning, and much more, researchers have identified a hidden molecular ‘pocket.’ By creating chemical compounds that affect this pocket only in very specific circumstances, they are one step closer to creating ideal treatments for stroke and seizures. (January 19, 2019) Read the full […]

Technology Networks: Targeting tiny ‘pocket’ to treat stroke and seizure

The ideal drug is one that only affects the exact cells and neurons it is designed to treat, without unwanted side effects. This concept is especially important when treating the delicate and complex human brain. Now, scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have revealed a mechanism that could lead to this kind of long-sought specificity […]

U.S. News & World Report: Could neck-strengthening prevent some concussions

Boosting athletes’ neck strength in the off season might reduce their concussion risk in sports such as football and soccer, researchers say. This is among several recommendations from researchers at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., who are looking to prevent these serious head injuries in athletes. (January 20, 2019) Read the full article here

Neurology Advisor: Can early initiation of direct oral anticoagulants prevent recurrent afib-related stroke?

According to a rapid review published in Lancet Neurology, recent observational studies indicate that the initiation of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) between 3 and 5 days after ischemic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (Afib) is associated with fewer clinically symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage or surrogate hemorrhagic lesions on subsequent magnetic resonance imaging scans, whereas initiation […]

Science Daily: Stroke drug may also prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers have discovered that a drug currently being developed to treat stroke patients could also prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The study shows that the genetically engineered protein 3K3A-APC protects the brains of mice with Alzheimer’s-like symptoms, reducing the buildup of toxic peptides and preventing memory loss. (January 15, 2019) Read the full article here