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November 8, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
A surgery that seemed like an obvious way to prevent additional strokes in people who already had a first stroke is actually no better than therapy based on drugs alone, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. The surgery in question is called extracranial-intracrannial arterial bypass surgery . It was designed to improve blood flow in the internal carotid artery, one of the main sources feeding the brain. In the procedure, doctors attach a new vessel to route blood around a blockage in the artery that could otherwise lead to a stroke.
December 1, 2010 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
If you're an adult shuttling this holiday between the homes of divorced parents -- or just remembering that hectic obligation from earlier days -- here's some news about as welcome as spoiled eggnog: Your parents' breakup all those years ago may mean you are at higher risk of stroke. Among 13,000 participants in the 2005 Canadian Community Health Survey, respondents who said their parents had divorced when they were young were 2.2 times as likely as those who grew up in intact families to report they had suffered a stroke at some point in their lives.
April 23, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
What looked like a routine NFL play wound up leaving a life-altering mark on former Jacksonville linebacker Russell Allen. Allen, 27, who was released by the Jaguars last week, is finished with football. He suffered a stroke on the field in a Week 15 game against Buffalo last season, something he recently revealed to Robert Klemko of . He was released after failing a physical. Allen developed a dime-sized dead spot on his cerebellum after a face-to-face collision in the first half with Bills center Eric Wood -- what seemed like a hard but typical hit. "It was strange because it was so routine," Allen told Klemko.
July 11, 2013 | By Randall Roberts
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.
October 13, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Justin Rose beat European Ryder Cup teammate Lee Westwood by a stroke Friday to win the eight-player World Golf Final in Belek, Turkey, and earn a career-best $1.5 million. The fifth-ranked Rose shot a five-under 66 in the all-English final at the Antalya Club to finish 5-0 in the $5.2-million event. Rose birdied the opening hole on the Sultan Course and led the rest of the way against the fourth-ranked Westwood, who earned $1 million. :: John Mallinger opened a four-stroke lead in the Open at San Martin, Calif., making an eagle and two birdies on the final four holes for a nine-under 62. Mallinger eagled the par-five 15th and closed with consecutive birdies to cap his second straight bogey-free round and reach 14 under.
May 24, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
"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.
May 8, 2012 | By Katherine Skiba
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois has released a video showing him walking with the help of a cane and a harness as he talks about his rehabilitation since suffering a stroke in January. "I'm walking again," the Republican says, seated before a camera as he narrates a three-minute video showing him walking with a cane and on a hospital treadmill while fitted in a harness. At times he speaks haltingly, and the video shows him struggling to move his left side. Kirk was released last week from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and is continuing treatment there as an outpatient.
December 7, 1985 | Associated Press
Retired Bishop Carroll T. Dozier, 74, suffered a stroke and was in critical condition on Friday, Roman Catholic Church officials said.
July 12, 1985
Retired Adm. Hyman G. Rickover was reported in stable condition at Bethesda Naval Hospital, where he is recovering from a stroke. Lt. David Morris, a Navy spokesman, confirmed that Rickover, 85, had suffered a stroke. Rickover was admitted July 4 in serious condition, but his condition has improved to stable, said Lt. Charles Updegrove, a spokesman at the hospital, which is just outside Washington. Rickover, known as the "father of the nuclear Navy," retired in 1982.
April 21, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
When oxygenated blood needs to squeeze through a narrowed space to get to the brain -- a condition called asymptomatic carotid stenosis -- mental performance may suffer, even in the absence of stroke, a new study suggests. In patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and worrisome cholesterol readings, physicians may test for buildup of plaque in the carotid artery, peering into the vessel at the nape of the neck with ultrasound. As plaque either builds up or breaks off and lodges deeper into the brain's vasculature, it can cause a stroke, a major cause of death and disability.
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