Brain Injury

Science Trends: Which strokes need PFO closure?

Strokes fall into two categories: hemorrhagic and ischemic strokes. Hemorrhagic strokes are due to bleeding within the brain. Tests of the cerebral arteries may find an aneurysm which is the source of bleeding. Surgical correction of the aneurysm can prevent another episode of bleeding. (August 27, 2018) Read the full article here

ABC News: Aspirin disappoints for avoiding first heart attack, stroke

Taking a low-dose aspirin every day has long been known to cut the chances of another heart attack, stroke or other heart problem in people who already have had one, but the risks don’t outweigh the benefits for most other folks, major new research finds. Although it’s been used for more than a century, aspirin’s […]

Futurity: Head and neck position may affect concussion risk

The way you position your head and neck during a head-on impact may significantly affect your risk of concussion, according to a new study. The study also shows tensed up neck muscles don’t seem to offer much protection. It all comes down to how your head accelerates backward after impact, which some think is the […]

Neurology Advisor: Lower socioeconomic status linked to worse outcomes in pediatric arterial ischemic stroke

Low income levels are associated with worse 1-year neurologic outcomes in pediatric patients with arterial ischemic stroke, according to the results of an observational study published in Neurology. The investigators sought to examine whether low socioeconomic status (SES) is linked to worse 1-year neurologic outcomes and reduced access to rehabilitation services in children with arterial […]

BBC News: Rise in diabetes ‘to cause surge in heart disease and strokes’

Heart attacks and strokes in England are set to surge in the next 20 years as diabetes cases linked to lifestyle increase, a charity has warned. The number of diabetics is projected to rise by one million by 2035, largely driven by more cases of type 2 diabetes and increasing rates of obesity.This could lead […]

Health Imaging: Can MRI-guided thrombolysis with alteplase improve outcomes in stroke patients with unknown time of onset?

MRI-guided thrombolysis using intravenous alteplase resulted in better functional outcomes in acute stroke patients with an unknown time of onset, according to a study in the Aug. 16 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Intravenous thrombolysis with alteplase is the standard treatment for acute ischemic stroke, but it’s only recommended for patients within […]

ABC News: Breastfeeding linked to reduced risk of stroke later in life

Stroke is the third-leading cause of death for women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A new study from the American Heart Association (AHA) says breastfeeding may be added to the list of ways to reduce the risk of stroke later in life. Several risk factors (such as diabetes, high blood […]

Medical Xpress: Protecting against brain injuries

Professor Antoine Jerusalem of Oxford University’s Department of Engineering Science explains how a better understanding of the physical mechanisms behind brain injuries can pave the way for novel therapies and new protective devices. Blast-induced traumatic brain injury (bTBI) can lead to a range of debilitating conditions with lifelong consequences. (August 22, 2018) Read the full […]

U.S. News & World Report: New concussion frontiers: Good news for brain injuries

The human brain is arguably the most complex and fascinating organ structure. About 3 pounds in weight, it contains approximately 100 billion neurons – which some say compares to the same number of stars in the Milky Way. The brain can also store up about 2.5 million gigabytes of data – our fancy smartphones offer […]