Brain Injury

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 […]

Medical News Today: Micro concussions may alter football players’ brains

A new study finds that players of contact sports have differences in their brain activity when compared with people who play non-contact sports. The authors ask whether micro concussions are to blame.  A new study tries a new approach. There has been a significant drive, over recent years, to push the issue of concussion to […]

Science Daily: Depression negatively impacts heart and stroke patients

People with cardiovascular disease who haven’t been diagnosed with depression but are at high-risk for it are more likely to report worse healthcare experiences and use emergency room services more often than those diagnosed with depression. Heart attack patients diagnosed with depression are more likely to be hospitalized, use emergency rooms and annually spend more […]

Los Angeles Times: Could this drug help the brain recover after a stroke?

Despite years of effort, researchers have so far failed to find a pill you could take or a food you could eat to harden your brain against the injury that could be caused by a stroke. But new research offers the prospect of limiting a stroke’s long-term damage in a different way: with a drug […]

Reader’s Digest: 15 stroke symptoms in women we’re likely to ignore

If you’re at risk for a stroke, one acronym could save your life: FAST, developed by the American Stroke Association (ASA), which stands for face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, and time to call 911. But these aren’t the only or even most obvious stroke symptoms in women, says Cheryl Bushnell, MD, professor of neurology […]