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Gains in Life Spans Seen Around the Globe

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THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 – Average life expectancy among people worldwide has risen by more than six years since 1990, and healthy life expectancy has climbed by more than five years, a new report shows. The analysis of data from 188 countries found that life expectancy for both sexes increased from just over 65 years in 1990 to 71.5 years in 2013, while healthy life expectancy rose from almost 57 years to slightly more than 62 years. The findings regarding healthy life expectancy versus total life expectancy mean that people are living more years with illness and disability, according to the authors of the study published Aug. 27 in The Lancet. "The world has made great progress in health, but now the challenge is to invest in finding more effective ways of preventing or treating the major causes of illness and disability," study author Theo Vos, a professor at the Institute for Health ... Read more

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Childhood Cancer Survivors Who've Had One Stroke at Risk of Second

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 – Childhood cancer survivors who've had one stroke are at high risk for having another, a new study says. Researchers analyzed data from more than 14,300 people in the United States and Canada who were diagnosed with childhood cancers between 1970 and 1986 and took part in a long follow-up study. Of the 271 patients who had a stroke, 70 suffered a second stroke. Over 10 years, 21 percent of stroke survivors had a second stroke, which is twice the rate seen in non-cancer stroke survivors, the researchers said. The rate of second stroke was even higher – 33 percent – among patients who received cranial radiation therapy for their childhood cancer, the study revealed. Other strong predictors of second stroke were high blood pressure and older age at first stroke. Knowing these risk factors could help doctors identify and treat high-risk patients, according to ... Read more

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When Your Spouse Has a Stroke, Your Health May Suffer, Too

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THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 – Caring for a spouse who has had a stroke can hurt your mental and physical health, researchers report. Swedish researchers evaluated nearly 250 caregiving partners of stroke survivors and found they scored lower on tests of mental and physical well-being than people with healthy spouses. Their vitality and social life also suffered, not only in the first years after stroke, but over many years. "It is important for the society to provide support to the spouses to prevent or reduce the burden of stress and strain," said lead researcher Josefine Persson of the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, at Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg. The caregiver's quality of life declined alongside the stroke victim's level of physical disability, mental impairment and depression, Persson said. The more care the stroke patient needed, the greater the ... Read more

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Workaholics May Face Higher Stroke Risk: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 – Millions of workers who put in lots of overtime may be upping their odds for a stroke, a new study contends. "Working long hours is associated with a significantly increased risk of stroke, and perhaps also coronary heart disease," study author Mika Kivimaki, a professor of epidemiology at University College London, said in a news release from The Lancet. The journal published the findings Aug. 19. The study couldn't prove cause and effect, but one expert said today's harried workers should seek ways to curb the risk. "The take-home message for all the workers burning the midnight oil: Make time for physical activity, ensure a proper diet, watch your alcohol consumption and ensure good sleeping habits," said Dr. Paul Wright, chair of neurology at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. "If you are not feeling well or if something does not feel ... Read more

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Insulin Pumps Nearly Halve Risk of Heart Disease Death for Type 1 Diabetics

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 – People with type 1 diabetes who use insulin pumps seem to have a much lower risk of dying from heart disease or stroke prematurely than those who rely on multiple daily injections of insulin, new research suggests. "As done in Sweden at the time of this study, insulin pump treatment almost halved cardiovascular mortality," said study author Dr. Isabelle Steineck, from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark. The researchers found a 45 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease early for insulin pump users. And the risk of dying early from heart disease or stroke was 42 percent lower for insulin pump users, while the risk of all-cause death was 27 percent lower during the seven-year study period. Because this was only an observational study, the authors can't say for sure that insulin pumps lowered death risk during the study, although they did find a ... Read more

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Hispanics in U.S. Least Likely to Dial 911 for Stroke

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 – Fewer than two-thirds of patients suffering a stroke in the United States call for emergency assistance, with Hispanics least likely to do so, new research finds. "These results are not surprising since stroke survivors from minority race and ethnic groups have worse outcomes after stroke compared to non-Hispanic whites," said study lead author Heidi Mochari-Greenberger, an adjunct associate research scientist at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. If you suspect a stroke, it's critical to call 911 immediately. Stroke treatment must start quickly in order to control brain damage, and research shows that an ambulance ride is the quickest route to treatment, Mochari-Greenberger said. The researchers launched their study because they wanted to better understand racial and ethnic differences in death and disability rates after stroke, she said. ... Read more

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Poor Thinking Skills in Seniors Linked to Heart Attack, Stroke Risks

Posted 5 Aug 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2015 – Older adults scoring poorly in higher-level thinking skills – those used to reason, plan and solve problems – are significantly more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke, new research suggests. European scientists found that seniors with the lowest scores of so-called "executive function" thinking skills were at an 85 percent higher risk of heart attack and 51 percent increased risk of stroke compared to those with the highest scores. The study indicates heart and brain function are closely tied, said study author Dr. Behnam Sabayan, a post-doctoral research fellow at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands. "This might reflect that damage to [blood] vessels is a global phenomenon in our body and when we see abnormalities in one organ, we should think about the other organs as well," Sabayan said. However, this study does not prove a ... Read more

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More Progress Needed To Get Stroke Patients Rapid Care

Posted 31 Jul 2015 by

FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 – Stroke victims still aren't getting treated soon enough, a new study suggests. Treating strokes quickly is critical, because the more time that elapses, the less effective stroke treatment may be, the researchers explained. A number of factors have reduced the time it takes stroke patients to get treatment. These include greater public awareness, better emergency dispatch procedures and improvements in hospital stroke units, the researchers said. But, delays in transporting stroke patients from regional hospitals to comprehensive stroke centers are still common, the team found. "Stroke requires a multi-disciplinary team that engages in a nuanced chain of events leading to treatment, and efficient and prompt patient transport via emergency medical services [EMS] is a significant link in the process," study author Dr. Michael Froehler, neurointerventionalist at ... Read more

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Older Smokers With Migraines May Face Added Stroke Risk

Posted 30 Jul 2015 by

THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 – Older smokers who experience migraines appear to be at increased risk of stroke, a new study suggests. The study included nearly 1,300 people, average age 68, who suffered migraine headaches with and without aura. Migraine with aura is a migraine that's preceded or accompanied by visual effects such as flashes of light or blind spots, or by tingling in the hands or face. The study participants were followed for an average of 11 years to see how many had a heart attack or stroke. The findings were published online July 22 in the journal Neurology. The researchers did not find an association between migraine and the risk of either heart attack or stroke in nonsmokers. But among smokers, migraine was associated with a threefold increased risk of stroke. However, even though the study found an association between migraine and stroke risk in smokers, it did not ... Read more

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Many Hospitals Overestimate Their Adherence to Stroke Guidelines

Posted 22 Jul 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 – Many U.S. hospitals overestimate their ability to provide fast delivery of a clot-busting drug to stroke patients, a new study finds. The drug, called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), has been shown to reduce the short- and long-term effects of stroke. It should be given to ischemic stroke patients within 60 minutes of their arrival at the hospital, according to guidelines. An ischemic stroke is caused by blocked blood flow to the brain. Researchers surveyed staff in 141 hospitals across the United States who treated more than 48,000 stroke patients in 2009 and 2010, and compared their responses with patient data. The results revealed significant differences between staff perception and reality. Only 29 percent of staff correctly estimated how long it took stroke patients at their hospital to receive tPA, according to the study published July 22 in the ... Read more

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Antibiotic May Lower Effect of Some Blood Thinners

Posted 21 Jul 2015 by

TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 – The antibiotic dicloxacillin may lessen the effects of some blood-thinning medications, new research shows. "The surprise in the study was just how much of an impact dicloxacillin had," said study author Anton Pottegard, a pharmacist and research fellow at the University of Southern Denmark, in Odense. "Often, the effects in these kinds of studies are quite small. But this was very pronounced: Six out of 10 patients dropped so much in their level of blood-thinning that they were no longer sufficiently protected against clotting and stroke," Pottegard said. Coumadin (warfarin) and similar blood thinners lower the risk of blood clots, a potential cause of strokes and heart attacks, by thinning the blood so blockages don't form in vessels, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Patients with irregular heart rhythms, such as atrial fibrillation, and ... Read more

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Secondhand Smoke Tied to Raised Stroke Risk in Study

Posted 15 Jul 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 – New research suggests that exposure to secondhand smoke may increase nonsmokers' risk of stroke by nearly one-third. "Our findings suggest the possibility for adverse health outcomes such as stroke among nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke and add to the body of evidence supporting stricter smoking regulations," said lead author Angela Malek, of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 22,000 white and black American adults older than 45. About 23 percent said they were exposed to secondhand smoke in the previous year. Between April 2003 and March 2012, there were 428 strokes among the study participants. There were 352 ischemic strokes (blockage of blood flow to the brain), 50 bleeding (hemorrhagic) strokes, and 26 strokes of unknown subtype. After adjusting for other stroke risk factors – such as ... Read more

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Uric Acid May Limit Stroke Disability In Women

Posted 9 Jul 2015 by

THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 – Women who suffer a stroke may have better odds of recovering without disabilities if they're given uric acid along with standard "clot-busting" medication, a new study suggests. Men, on the other hand, may not be so fortunate, according to the study, published July 9 in the journal Stroke. Uric acid, a compound the body naturally produces, may be best known for its ill health effects. When it builds up in the bloodstream, it can contribute to kidney stones or a painful form of arthritis called gout. But recent research has been looking into the good side of uric acid. There have been hints that, when given along with drugs that dissolve blood clots, it can limit the brain damage caused by a stroke. The new findings suggest that may be true, but it's women who stand to benefit most. Of female stroke patients who were given uric acid and clot-busting medication, ... Read more

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Deaths From High Blood Pressure Should Plummet Under 'Obamacare': Study

Posted 9 Jul 2015 by

THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 – U.S. deaths from blood pressure-related diseases are expected to drop substantially during the coming decades because of improved health coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act, a new study reports. Increased treatment of high blood pressure under the health-care legislation, commonly known as "Obamacare," will save the lives of 95,000 to 222,000 non-elderly adults by the year 2050, researchers estimate. That's up to 6,000 people a year who otherwise would die from heart disease. By 2050, there also could be 408,000 fewer cases of heart disease and stroke among the 55 million young and middle-age Americans who have high blood pressure, the researchers found. Those numbers are based solely on patients' increased access to blood pressure medication as a result of the Affordable Care Act, said study lead author Suhui Li. She is an assistant professor of ... Read more

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Stroke Tied to Long-Term Mental Decline

Posted 7 Jul 2015 by

TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 – Stroke victims often experience an immediate deterioration in their ability to think and reason. But a new study shows that a stroke also can have a more insidious, long-term effect on your mental processes. People who suffer a stroke are more likely to experience an accelerated decline in their thinking and planning skills for at least six years following their medical emergency, according to a report published July 7 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. For every year following a stroke, patients have a 23 percent greater risk of suffering additional mental loss, compared to how they would have fared if they never had a stroke, said lead author Dr. Deborah Levine, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan Medical School and a staff physician with the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System. "We found that stroke survivors had a significantly ... Read more

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