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Women Smokers at Higher Risk for Brain Bleed

Posted 21 Jul 2016 by

THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 – Strokes characterized by bleeding inside the lining of the brain are more common among smokers, especially women, researchers report. These serious strokes – called subarachnoid hemorrhages – are eight times more common among women who smoke more than a pack a day compared to nonsmokers, Finnish researchers found. They're three times more common among men who smoke the same amount. Even light smoking tripled a woman's risk for this type of stroke, the study found. "There is no safe level of smoking, and naturally, the best option is never to start," said lead researcher Dr. Joni Lindbohm of the University of Helsinki. "The message for policymakers is that by implementing effective strategies against smoking, they can considerably reduce the burden of subarachnoid hemorrhage," said Lindbohm, who specializes in neurosurgery and public health. Subarachnoid ... Read more

Related support groups: Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Patients With Bleeding Strokes May Do Better at Specialized Centers

Posted 6 May 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 – New research finds that patients with hemorrhagic strokes, which cause bleeding in the brain, are more likely to survive if they seek treatment at a comprehensive stroke center. "Clinicians, especially emergency room physicians, need to be aware of the severity and potential implications of hemorrhagic stroke, and try to transfer patients to the hospital most capable of providing the full complement of care," said study author Dr. James McKinney in a news release from the American Heart Association. He is an assistant professor of neurology at the Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J. About 13 percent of strokes are hemorrhagic. They occur when a blood vessel ruptures and bleeds into the brain. Unlike other strokes that happen when a blood vessel is blocked, this kind of stroke requires treatment that stops the bleeding. At issue is ... Read more

Related support groups: Cerebral Aneurysm, Intracranial Hemorrhage, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

New Tool May Help Identify Deadly Brain Bleed

Posted 24 Sep 2013 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 24 – Deadly bleeding in the brain, called a subarachnoid hemorrhage, can cause a crushing headache that sends people to the emergency room. Often, the condition is misdiagnosed, but Canadian researchers have developed a simple tool they say could help ER doctors make the right diagnosis. Headache is a common complaint in the ER, accounting for about 2 percent to 4 percent of patient visits, said lead researcher Dr. Jeffrey Perry, an associate professor in the department of emergency medicine at the University of Ottawa. "Most patients with headache just have a bad headache, which is not serious," Perry said. But 1 percent of these patients have a subarachnoid hemorrhage and it's missed in more than 5 percent of those cases, he noted. If caught early, the condition is treatable. If it's not treated promptly, it can lead to disability or death. "Physicians right now use ... Read more

Related support groups: Diagnosis and Investigation, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Arbor Pharmaceuticals Announces FDA Approval of Nymalize

Posted 13 May 2013 by

May 13, 2013 - Atlanta, GA - Arbor Pharmaceuticals announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its New Drug Application (NDA) for Nymalize (nimodipine) oral solution. Nymalize was previously granted Orphan designation which provides seven years of market exclusivity. Nymalize is the first and only nimodipine oral solution indicated for the improvement of neurological outcome in adult patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Prior to the approval of Nymalize, nimodipine was only available in gel capsule form. Since the product is commonly administered to patients through a nasogastric tube healthcare providers would extract the product from the gel capsule with a syringe. This has resulted in accidental administrations of nimodipine intravenously instead of via the intended enteral (oral) syringe. In 2010, the FDA issued a "drug safety ... Read more

Related support groups: Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, Nimodipine

Uncontrolled Risk Factors Put Stroke Survivors in Danger

Posted 21 Jan 2013 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 18 – People who survive a type of stroke called a subarachnoid hemorrhage still have a higher risk of death, particularly if they continue to smoke and do not keep their blood pressure and cholesterol levels low, a new study warns. A subarachnoid hemorrhage occurs when a blood vessel just outside the brain bursts and the area between the brain and skull fills with blood. The study included 233 people in Finland who were alive one year after suffering a subarachnoid hemorrhage. They were followed for an average of nearly nine years. During that time, 88 (about 38 percent) of the patients died. The death rate for the subarachnoid hemorrhage patients was about twice that of the general population. The increased risk of death among subarachnoid hemorrhage patients was solely due to problems with the blood circulation in the brain, such as stroke or internal bleeding. The risk ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Nimodipine: Recall - Crystallization of Fill Material

Posted 5 Sep 2012 by

ISSUE: Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc. recalled one lot of Nimodipine Capsules, 30 mg, marketed by Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Ltd. Sun commenced the recall as a precautionary measure due to the presence of crystals of nimodipine within the capsule solution of this lot as identified by a customer complaint. No adverse events have been reported at this time. The crystallization of the nimodipine fill material in the capsule could adversely affect the product’s bioavailability. The product may no longer be bioequivalent and may potentially affect patients who are being treated for a medical emergency. BACKGROUND: Nimodipine Capsules, 30 mg, are used to decrease problems due to subarachnoid hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain). The following lot numbers to the consumer level are affected: Lot Number: 3305.039A, NDC Number: 57664-135-65 (Unit Dose Blisters of 100 (25x4)) Lot N ... Read more

Related support groups: Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, Nimotop, Nimodipine

Fewer Deaths Occurring From Brain Bleeds

Posted 3 Jun 2009 by

WEDNESDAY, June 3 – Better diagnosis and treatment have led to fewer deaths from the rupture of a blood vessel on the surface of the brain, Dutch researchers say. Known as a subarachnoid hemorrhage, this kind of rupture leads to bleeding into the space between the brain and the thin tissue that covers the brain. It can occur spontaneously, usually from a weakness in a blood vessel or a head injury. In developed countries, the condition affects about eight in 100,000 people each year. It causes 5 percent to 10 percent of strokes, and about 30 percent of patients die within 24 hours. Of those who survive, more than 25 percent are left disabled, the researchers noted. "Despite an increase in the mean age of patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage, case fatality rates have decreased by 17 percent between 1973 and 2002," said study author Dr. Dennis Nieuwkamp, from the University Medical ... Read more

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