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January 10, 2005 | Valerie Reitman, Times Staff Writer
Heavy drinkers may have a higher risk of stroke than those who drink moderately or not at all. A study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard School of Public Health found that middle-aged and older men who consume more than two drinks a day over several years are more likely than nondrinkers to have an ischemic stroke, while those who drink moderately have the same or a slightly lower risk than teetotalers.
February 2, 2012 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Being anemic could triple an individual's chances of dying in the year following a stroke, researchers said Thursday. Both anemia, which is a lack of healthy red blood cells, and stroke are common conditions among the elderly. Anemia is known to worsen the outcomes of people who have heart attacks. But the new study shows stroke patients are at higher risk, too. Researchers at Yale University School of Medicine looked at 3,750 men treated for an ischemic stroke. Compared with stroke survivors who were not anemic, men with severe anemia had a 3.5 times higher risk of dying while still in the hospital and a 2.5 times greater risk of dying within the first year.
September 12, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Statins are prescribed to more than 80% of people who have ischemic strokes to prevent further cardiovascular problems. But some doctors are reluctant to prescribe the cholesterol-lowering drugs to stroke patients because they fear statins can cause bleeding in the brain called a hemorrhagic stroke. However, a new study reassures that the practice appears sound. Researchers in Canada reviewed a large patient database to compare people who had an ischemic stroke and received statins to those who did not get the medication.
November 19, 2010 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Imagine a safe, inexpensive and drug-free way to prevent the long-term brain damage that often follows a stroke. No such treatment exists, but a new study involving rats suggests it might not take much to prime the brain to repair itself in the immediate aftermath of a stroke. For the rats, the simple act of tickling a whisker was enough to allow the animals to regain full cognitive function after a severe stroke ? as long as the treatment was given within two hours. "We're looking for something that can help people wherever they are and long before they get to the hospital," said UC Irvine neuroscientist Ron Frostig, who presented the findings last week at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego.
January 23, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli and Katherine Skiba
Sen. Mark Kirk was hospitalized after suffering a stroke over the weekend and underwent surgery Monday in Chicago, his office said. According to a statement, Kirk, 52, checked himself in to Lake Forest Hospital in the Chicago area on Saturday, where doctors discovered a carotid artery dissection in the right side of the neck. After being transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, further tests showed the senator had suffered an ischemic stroke. On Monday, Kirk underwent "successful" surgery to relieve swelling around his brain that resulted from the stroke, the statement continues.
August 10, 2006 | Denise Gellene, Times Staff Writer
Offering a new way to treat stroke patients, researchers reported Wednesday that high doses of a cholesterol-lowering statin drug could reduce the risk of another attack and strokerelated death. The statin Lipitor lowered the risk of another stroke 16% and reduced fatal strokes 41%, according to the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Stroke kills 160,000 Americans each year, making it the third leading cause of death in the U.S., behind heart disease and cancer.
December 16, 2002 | Jane E. Allen, Times Staff Writer
Dentists often warn patients that inadequate toothbrushing and flossing habits could lead to gum disease and tooth loss. Now a study by Harvard University researchers suggests that losing your teeth may also heighten your risk of suffering a stroke. The new study has found that men with fewer than 25 teeth had a 57% higher risk of suffering an ischemic stroke than those who had 25 or more teeth. Ischemic strokes are caused by blockage of an artery to the brain.
January 19, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles times
While the overall stroke rate in the United States has declined in the last decade, the rate among people infected with the AIDS virus has climbed sharply, researchers reported Wednesday. Although the reason for the increase is not clear, many experts suspect that it is related to the use of protease inhibitors to control replication of the virus. While the drugs, as part of cocktails of antiretroviral medications, have proved remarkably effective in controlling the virus and prolonging patients' lives, they have also interfered with the patients' lipid metabolism, increasing the levels of cholesterol and lipids in patients' blood and altering the distribution of fats in their bodies.
September 7, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
People at high risk of suffering a second stroke appear to fare better on a meticulous regimen of medications rather than having surgery to insert an artery-opening stent in the brain, according to a new report. The results of the study on how to best treat a narrowing of brain arteries, called stenosis, surprised researchers who had expected stenting to be the superior treatment, and the much higher incidence of second strokes and deaths in patients who received stents led to the early termination of the study in April.
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