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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.
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.
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.
July 3, 1989 | From staff and wire reports
Moderate consumption of alcohol may reduce the risk of suffering one type of stroke while heavy drinking may greatly increase the chances of suffering another kind, cardiologists at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland reported last week in the journal Stroke.
February 8, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A year and a half after its approval, surveys show many doctors are still afraid to use a clot buster as the first emergency treatment for strokes because of the potential dangers. The slow acceptance of tissue plasminogen activator (TPA) was one of the primary topics of discussion at the American Heart Assn.'s 23rd International Joint Conference on Stroke and Cerebral Circulation, which was held in Orlando. The Food and Drug Administration approved TPA in June 1996.
Neuroscientists report they have developed the first effective emergency therapy for stroke, an advance that could prevent as many as 44,000 Americans a year from becoming disabled. The treatment involves intravenous injection of the clot-dissolving enzyme t-PA--the same enzyme used to treat clots in the heart--into patients within three hours after the onset of stroke symptoms.
August 8, 1987 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Edward I. Koch has suffered a small stroke but is expected to recover fully, his physicians said Friday after conducting a series of specialized tests. Koch, 62, who had been hospitalized Thursday after complaining of dizziness and nausea, was transferred by ambulance to the Neurological Institute of Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center early Friday after his symptoms recurred. Prognosis Is Excellent Dr. J. P.
Just as regular exercise can reduce the risk of a heart attack, physical activity also may help prevent "brain attack"--more commonly known as stroke. In its recently released guidelines, the Prevention Advisory Board of the National Stroke Assn. recommends taking "a brisk walk for as little as 30 minutes a day" as one of 10 strategies to help prevent stroke, America's leading cause of adult disability.
November 22, 2004 | Linda Marsa, Special to The Times
Stroke victims are often left incapacitated, unable to speak clearly, walk without assistance or do routine tasks such as grooming and feeding themselves. Because current physical therapy can go only so far in restoring lost abilities, many of them must learn to accept their new limitations. An experimental device may eventually be able to help such patients resume relatively normal lives.
August 19, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Coretta Scott King suffered a minor heart attack and a major stroke that impaired her ability to speak and affected her right side, but she is "completely aware," a doctor said in Atlanta. Dr. Charles Wickliffe, a cardiologist at Piedmont Hospital, where the 78-year-old widow of civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had been hospitalized for two days, said a blood clot had moved from King's heart and lodged in an artery in the left side of her brain.
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