Brain Injury

Reuters: Mobile application detecting atrial fibrillation reduces the risk of stroke

Most U.S. adults have poor cardiovascular health, and more people are at risk for heart attacks and strokes today than was true a generation ago, a U.S. study suggests. While black adults no longer lag behind white people in cardiovascular health as much as they once did, this is because of worsening health among white […]

News-Medical: Atrial fibrillation patients could reduce risk of dementia by taking stroke prevention drugs

Patients with atrial fibrillation could reduce the risk of dementia by taking stroke prevention medications, according to recommendations published online today in EP Europace, a European Society of Cardiology journal, and presented at EHRA 2018. The international consensus document was also published in HeartRhythm, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), and Journal […]

Medical Xpress: Deadliest type of stroke seeing surge of new research

Patricia Nelson was leaving a restaurant after dinner last June with friends when she started hearing wind blowing in her ear before she’d even stepped outside. “I just didn’t feel right,” says Nelson, a stroke rehabilitation nurse. The 51-year-old from Atlanta knew something was wrong and asked her friend to drive her to the hospital. […]

Science Daily: Nervous system discovery could inform stroke, pain therapies

Scientists used advanced imaging techniques to ascertain the resting state of an acid-sensing ion channel. Acid-sensing ion channels are believed to play a role in pain sensation as well as psychiatric disorders. Scientists expect the basic science research will spur new research and development into therapeutic agents targeting the channel. (March 8, 2018) Read the […]

Smithsonian: These flexible sensors could help monitor a stroke patient in recovery

When stroke patients are discharged from a hospital or rehabilitation center, their recovery often slows or plateaus. Without regular intensive therapy and feedback, improving damaged speech and movement skills can be difficult. A team of physicians and engineers at Northwestern University hope that a new device—a flexible sensor that can be stuck on the skin […]

Medical News Today: Head injuries may lead to early Alzheimer’s

Contact sports that can result in concussions, such as football, have given rise to worries that these head injuries may harm brain health later in life. A new study now investigates these claims in relation to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. (March 6, 2018) Read the full article here

Science Daily: Birth control pills increase risk of ischemic stroke

Birth control pills do not increase the risk of hemorrhagic strokes, wrote neurologists Sarkis Morales-Vidal, MD, and José Biller, MD. Ischemic strokes, which account for about 85 percent of all strokes, are caused by blood clots. Hemorrhagic strokes are caused by bleeding in the brain. (March 5, 2018) Read the full article here

Cheat Sheet: The side effects of common stroke medications may surprise you

A stroke occurs when a blockage prevents oxygenated blood from reaching your brain. Obviously, strokes are extremely serious, and if you’re at risk, medication can help prevent one from happening or stop a second one. Obviously, natural prevention measures like eating lots of produce and getting plenty of exercise are the best ways to stop […]