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NEWS
April 14, 1988
Smoking sharply increases a woman's chances of having a stroke, researchers concluded in a major new study. Although the association between smoking and strokes has been clearly established in men, previous studies have produced mixed conclusions about the relationship between cigarettes and strokes in women, the researchers said.
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HEALTH
June 5, 2006 | Judy Foreman, Special to The Times
Stents, long famous for their success in propping open clogged arteries near the heart, are now being used in neck arteries in an effort to reduce strokes. The technique is so promising that some experts now fear doctors may adopt the procedure -- and patients may clamor for it -- before research truly supports it. With carotid stenting, doctors insert a mesh device into a clogged artery in the neck to keep blood flowing to the brain. The stents can be placed without general anesthesia.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2006 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
There were times Saturday during the Strokes' show at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim when you wished the New York quintet might have channeled some of the go-for-broke abandon of the evening's opening act, the Eagles of Death Metal. At the same time, EODM's riff-heavy set would have benefited greatly from a jolt of melody and forward thrust of the Strokes' best songs.
NEWS
September 5, 1985 | United Press International
Artificial heart patient Michael Drummond today suffered several small strokes, slurring his speech, and his surgeons decided to go ahead with a replacement heart transplant as soon as one becomes available. Dr. Jack G. Copeland, University of Arizona Medical Center heart surgeon, said the 25-year-old assistant supermarket manager from Cottonwood, Ariz., the world's youngest artificial heart recipient, probably would not suffer any permanent damage as a result of the tiny strokes.
HEALTH
February 9, 2004 | Jane E. Allen
Some vitamins can lower elevated blood levels of homocysteine, considered a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. But taking high doses of the vitamins -- B-6, B-12 and folic acid -- didn't actually prevent strokes, coronary artery disease or death in a recent study. Researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and their colleagues studied 3,680 survivors of non-disabling strokes being treated at 56 centers in the U.S., Canada and Scotland.
NEWS
May 17, 1987 | Compiled from Times staff and wire service reports
A drug used to treat patients stricken by the third-most-common type of stroke is apparently ineffective and may do more harm than good, a new report cautions. The study is the first to carefully evaluate the drug's effectiveness even though it has been used routinely for years. The study, published in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, found that patients who suffered cerebral hemorrhages were just as likely to die whether or not they received dexamethasone.
HEALTH
June 23, 2008 | Elena Conis, Special to The Times
What's new: Women and Mexican Americans appear to be at higher risk of a type of stroke that causes bleeding in the space between the brain and its surrounding tissues. The finding: An ongoing study of strokes among the residents of Corpus Christi, Texas, has reported that women account for more than two-thirds of the city's cases of a kind of stroke called a subarachnoid hemorrhage -- even though they make up just over half of the city's population.
NEWS
January 29, 1987 | DAVID SMOLLAR, Times Staff Writer
An extra banana or a helping of fresh broccoli a day could provide important protection against death from stroke by increasing the body's potassium, a study by the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine indicates. The findings show that a diet high in potassium can lower the risk of stroke as much as 40% regardless of other risk factors, such as age, weight, smoking habits, cholesterol levels or blood pressure, Dr. Elizabeth Barrett-Connor said here Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2000
Although strokes are relatively uncommon among women of childbearing age, women who take oral contraceptives run a slightly higher--but still minuscule--risk of suffering one, UC San Francisco researchers reported in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Assn. They reached the conclusion after analyzing 16 studies conducted between 1960 and 1999 to determine a link. They found the risk of a stroke increased from one victim to two victims per 24,000 when women took the pill.
HEALTH
November 3, 2003 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
Doctors have known for at least 10 years that stroke should be treated as an emergency. But that knowledge doesn't always translate into practice. Beginning early next year, however, some stroke patients in Los Angeles County will receive an experimental stroke treatment as soon as humanly possible -- in an ambulance. A new federal study, based at UCLA Medical Center, will attempt to determine whether rapid treatment with magnesium sulfate can limit brain damage in stroke patients.
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