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Colds, Flu Up Odds for Stroke in Kids, Though Risk Is Low: Study

Posted 8 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 – Having a cold or the flu may sometimes trigger a stroke in children – particularly those with underlying health conditions – though the overall risk remains low, a new study indicates. Comparing two groups of more than 350 children – one set had suffered "ischemic" clot-based strokes and the other had not – researchers found that those with stroke were six times more likely to have had a minor infection the previous week than those who didn't have a stroke. Also, children who had most or all of their routine vaccinations were significantly less likely to suffer a stroke than children who received only some or no vaccinations, according to the study, published online Sept. 30 in the journal Neurology. "The findings are definitely revelatory in terms of expanding our understanding of childhood stroke compared to a decade ago," said study author Dr. Heather ... Read more

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Sleep Apnea May Raise Risk of Depression

Posted 14 days ago by

FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2015 – People with sleep apnea are at increased risk for depression, but continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for their apnea may ease their depression, a new study suggests. The Australian study included 293 men and women who were newly diagnosed with sleep apnea. Nearly 73 percent had depression when the study began. The worse their apnea, the more severe their depression. However, after three months, only 4 percent of the 228 apnea patients who used CPAP for an average of at least five hours a night still had clinically significant symptoms of depression. At the start of the study, 41 patients reported thinking about harming themselves or feeling they would be better off dead. After three months of CPAP therapy, none of them had persistent suicidal thoughts. The study appears in the September issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. "Effective ... Read more

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Older Adults' Hearing Loss May Be Tied to Earlier Death

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THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2015 – Older adults with impaired hearing may have a shorter life span than their peers without hearing problems, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among nearly 1,700 U.S. adults aged 70 and up, those with hearing loss were 21 percent to 39 percent more likely to die over the next several years. Experts stressed that the findings, published in the Sept. 24 online edition of JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, do not prove that hearing impairment, itself, shortens people's lives. "This is an interesting observation, but it also needs to be taken with a grain of salt," said Dr. Ana Kim, director of otology research at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, in New York City, who was not involved in the research. "There are so many variables that go into mortality," she said. "It would be too simplistic to say this is because of hearing ... Read more

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Major Study Calls for Even Tighter Control of High Blood Pressure

Posted 11 Sep 2015 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2015 – Doctors should control high blood pressure much more aggressively than current guidelines suggest, to best reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in people 50 or older. That's the message behind the potentially game-changing results of a U.S. National Institutes of Health study released Friday. The findings were so striking that federal health officials ended the study more than a year early so they could share the "potentially lifesaving information" with the public. Researchers found that a target systolic pressure of 120 reduced rates of heart attack, heart failure and stroke by almost a third, compared with the currently recommended target pressure of 140 for people under age 60 and 150 for seniors. A blood pressure target of 120 also reduced the risk of death by about one-quarter, the researchers found. Systolic pressure is the top of the two blood ... Read more

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Type 2 Diabetes Linked to More Alzheimer's Brain 'Tangles'

Posted 2 Sep 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 2, 2015 – People with type 2 diabetes may be more prone to developing the brain "tangles" associated with Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. The study found that people with type 2 diabetes had a greater accumulation of brain tangles – even if they were free of dementia or milder problems with memory and thinking. The findings, reported Sept. 2 in the journal Neurology, hint at one explanation for why people with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease. That is, type 2 diabetes may cause brain abnormalities that pile on to other degenerative changes that ultimately lead to dementia, explained study senior researcher Dr. Velandai Srikanth, a geriatrician at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. However, he said, this study shows only a correlation between type 2 diabetes and brain tangles. It's not clear whether the type 2 diabetes is ... Read more

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Cold Weather May Up Risk of Stroke, Severe Heart Attack for Some

Posted 31 Aug 2015 by

MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 – The onset of cold weather is clearly a bummer for beach lovers, but two new studies suggest that it may actually pose health risks for some. One investigation, out of Taiwan, has identified a link between cold weather and a heightened risk of stroke for patients with atrial fibrillation, a common problem where the heart beats irregularly. The finding is based on comparisons of daily temperature records in six regions of Taiwan between 2000 and 2011 and the incidence of ischemic stroke among almost 290,000 patients. Ischemic stroke, the most common type, occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. "Our study shows a clear association between temperature and risk of ischaemic stroke in patients with AF," said Dr. Tze-Fan Chao in a news release from the European Society of Cardiology. Chao is a cardiologist at Taipei Veterans General Hospital and National ... Read more

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Gains in Life Spans Seen Around the Globe

Posted 27 Aug 2015 by

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

Posted 26 Aug 2015 by

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

Posted 20 Aug 2015 by

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

Posted 19 Aug 2015 by

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

Posted 19 Aug 2015 by

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

Posted 12 Aug 2015 by

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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