November 26, 2013 |
Apparently, not all pills got the memo about, first, doing no harm. Many formulations of common medications contain high levels of sodium, and a new study finds that people who take those medications are 22% more likely to suffer a non-fatal stroke and 28% more likely to die of any cause than people who take the same medications in formulations that do not contain sodium. Among the patients in the study who took medications containing sodium, the median daily sodium dose from those medicines alone was 106.8 millimoles a day -- higher than recommended daily maximum dietary intake of 104 millimoles a day. The newest study on sodium in medicines was published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal (BMJ)
September 20, 2012 |
A childhood marked by abuse or physical deprivation can leave lifelong marks on a person's health, raising the risk of heart disease, psychiatric disorders and chronic poverty. But a new study finds that the far more common and subtle experience of emotional neglect in childhood seems to confer another health risk at the other end of life: a higher likelihood of stroke. Compared with adults who believed themselves loved and emotionally nurtured as children, those who reported a "moderate" absence of parental warmth and care were almost three times more likely to have suffered strokes that left indelible imprints on their brains, says the study.
May 24, 2013 |
"Rocky Horror Picture Show" actor Tim Curry suffered from a "major stroke" at his home in Los Angeles and is said to be recovering, according to reports. The British actor, 67, collapsed during the episode but is now said to be "doing great," his Los Angeles agent Marcia Hurwitz told the U.K.'s Daily Mail. Initial reports said that the famed character actor was rendered speechless after the stroke, but Hurwitz refuted those claims. "He absolutely can speak and is recovering at this time and in great humor," she said.
July 22, 2011 |
One more reason to keep your glass half full: Optimists might be less likely to have a stroke. In new research, the more people believe good things will happen, the less likely they were to suffer a stroke within two years. Psychology researchers from the University of Michigan examined data from 6,044 stroke-free adults from the Health and Retirement Study. The adults answered how much they agreed with statements like “In uncertain times, I usually expect the best,” and two years later the researchers tracked which participants had suffered a stroke.
July 11, 2013 |
Country singer Randy Travis is recovering from a stroke that he had while undergoing surgery for congestive heart failure, his publicist said Wednesday evening. The Grammy-winning hitmaker, 54, was admitted to the hospital Sunday, and underwent a procedure Wednesday to relieve pressure on his brain. He remains in critical condition at a Plano, Texas, hospital. Travis, who helped reintroduce the honky tonk style of country music onto the charts in the 1980s, first fell ill about three weeks ago, his doctors said Wednesday, and his condition worsened after he contracted a viral upper respiratory infection.
July 10, 2013 |
Randy Travis has had a stroke and was undergoing surgery at a Plano, Texas, hospital to relieve pressure on his brain, his representative said Wednesday evening. The singer remains in critical condition. The stroke came as a result of Travis' congestive heart failure, a condition that had landed him in the hospital Sunday. "His family and friends here with him at the hospital request your prayers and support," said rep Kirt Webster, who promised updates as they became available. RELATED: Randy Travis' career in pictures The Grammy winner had undergone a procedure to implant a tiny pump in his heart to stabilize him to be moved from a Baylor hospital in McKinney, Texas, to the Heart Hospital Baylor Plano. Earlier Wednesday, before Travis suffered the stroke, Dr. Michael Mack, director of cardiovascular disease at the Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, said that the singer's "condition has stabilized and he has shown signs of improvement" since the transfer.