February 5, 1999 |
For the first time, doctors have shown that they can reverse massive strokes up to six hours after the start of symptoms by squirting a new clot-dissolving medicine directly into the brain. The approach offers potentially better treatment for the worst strokes and doubles the time victims have to get help before they suffer permanent brain damage.
August 30, 1987 |
Men whose mothers died from strokes appear to have a much greater chance of suffering the attacks themselves, according to a new study conducted in Sweden. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found the incidence of strokes to be three times higher among middle-age men involved in a long-term study whose mothers had died from strokes.
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August 28, 1989 |
An experimental drug narrowly outperforms aspirin in preventing strokes in high-risk patients, New York University researchers reported last week in the New England Journal of Medicine. The drug, ticlopidine, "was found to be somewhat more effective than aspirin in reducing the risk of death" in patients with early warning signs of stroke, the researchers said. Significantly, the drug was found to benefit women as well as men.
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.
March 14, 2005 |
People often suffer mini-strokes days before a major stroke and should seek help within hours to get the most effective treatment, British researchers have reported. The study, published in the March 8 issue of the journal Neurology, suggests that doctors should act more quickly in investigating symptoms of a mini-stroke, which can be vague.
June 5, 2006 |
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.
March 27, 2006 |
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.
September 5, 1985 |
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.
February 9, 2004 |
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.
November 3, 2003 |
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.