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September 11, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 26, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
There's more reason to worry (about yourself, that is) if Dad had a heart attack than if he had a stroke, researchers have found. In a study published Tuesday in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics, scientists at the University of Oxford in England showed that people are more likely to inherit the risk of having a heart attack than the risk of having a stroke. The team looked at data collected in England from 906 patients who'd suffered acute heart ailments such as a heart attack and 1,105 patients with acute cerebral events, which include stroke and transient ischemic attack (or mini-stroke)
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