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NEWS
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.
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NEWS
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.
HEALTH
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.
NEWS
March 13, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots Blog
When it comes to stroke, neurologists are fond of reminding us that "time equals brain. " What they mean is that, if you are experiencing any of the warning signs of stroke, the faster you get to the hospital, the more often physicians can take measures that limit the brain damage and  long-term disability that stroke can cause. But apparently, Americans are not getting that message -- and it may be costing us brain cells we can ill afford to lose. A " Research Letter " reported in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
NEWS
June 15, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Pour some more of that EVOO on your plate -- a study finds that eating more olive oil could be linked with lower stroke risk in older people. Medical records of 7,625 people 65 and older who lived in three French cities were examined by researchers to determine how their olive oil consumption affected their chances of having a stroke. The participants had no history of stroke at the beginning of the study. Olive oil is a component of the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in healthy fats (like olive oil and nuts)
NEWS
November 17, 2011 | By Melissa Healy/Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
For those lucky enough to have the first signs of a stroke recognized by friends or family, things often get very quiet very quickly as 911 calls are made, gurneys are wheeled in and tests are conducted. University of California Irvine neuroscientist Ron D. Frostig says that if rats are any guide to human health (and they often are the starting point for new treatments), stroke victims might do a lot better with a quick dose of stimulation instead. At his lab, Frostig had long noticed that a rich sensory environment appeared to make rats not only happier but much healthier.
NEWS
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.
SCIENCE
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.
HEALTH
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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