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)
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.
November 30, 2012 |
Joe Jackson, father of Michael Jackson, suffered a minor stroke and was hospitalized late Wednesday, a family rep said, but by Friday was back to normal and cracking jokes, according to a family friend. Jackson, 83, went to a hospital in Las Vegas, his current hometown, after he had trouble standing up and walking and had pain in his head, spokeswoman Angel Howansky told the Associated Press. She said he called a friend for a ride to the hospital and was expected to be released Friday. "He's back to the regular Joe Jackson, cracking jokes and talking," family friend Rutt Premsrirut told the Las Vegas Review-Journal , which also said wife Katherine Jackson was en route to Vegas from her L.A. home.
February 2, 2011 |
Women whose mothers had a stroke have a higher risk of both stroke and heart attack, researchers reported Tuesday. It's well-known that heart disease in one's parents increases the risk in their offspring. However, there appear to be sex-specific tendencies in how cardiovascular disease is inherited. In the study, researchers from the University of Oxford examined data from more than 2,200 women. Women with heart disease were more likely to have mothers who had a stroke than fathers who had a stroke.
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.
September 11, 2012 |
Heavy drinkers who consume three or more servings of alcohol per day are at increased risk of a type of stroke called an intracerebral hemorrhage - and they're more likely to have that stroke at an earlier age than patients who don't drink, scientists reported Monday. Writing in the journal Neurology , researchers from the University of Lille Nord de France reported that on average, heavy drinkers were afflicted with intracerebral hemorrhage - which is caused by bleeding in the brain and has a more dire prognosis than more-common ischemic strokes, which are caused by clots in blood vessels - 14 years earlier than people who were not heavy drinkers. People who drank a lot also were more likely to have a stroke deep in the brain, wrote neurologist Dr. Charlotte Cordonnier and colleagues.