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Novel gel regrows brain tissue after stroke

Novel gel regrows brain tissue after stroke

A new study paper describes a groundbreaking bioengineered gel that can help stroke-damaged brain tissue to regrow. Photomicrograph of stroke-damaged tissue with gel (explained in text).Image credit: UCLA Health A stroke occurs when blood supply to a certain part of the brain is significantly reduced, resulting in brain cell death. Following a stroke, many people […]

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Stroke: Clinical trial results ‘likely to change care practice’

Stroke: Clinical trial results ‘likely to change care practice’

Both transient ischemic attacks and minor strokes only last a few hours and rarely have any enduring effects. But they can lead to a major stroke, which is much more dangerous and may impact an individual’s health more severely. “How can this best be prevented?” researchers ask. An international trial suggests that aspirin and anticoagulants […]

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Stroke survivors may benefit from magnetic brain stimulation

Stroke survivors may benefit from magnetic brain stimulation

A new meta-analysis of existing studies shows that a technique called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation might be a useful tool to help stroke survivors regain the ability to walk independently. A brain stimulation technique may help stroke survivors walk faster and more easily. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a noninvasive brain stimulation technique; magnetic […]

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Could saunas reduce stroke risk?

Could saunas reduce stroke risk?

Finally, something indulgent might actually be good for us; one newly published study says that enjoying regular saunas could significantly reduce stroke risk. Saunas might be more than just a relaxing treat. Although their invention is often ascribed to the people of Finland, saunas and sweat lodges appeared independently in many cultures throughout ancient history. […]

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Uncovering stroke’s psychological impact

Uncovering stroke’s psychological impact

The long-term effects of stroke are relatively well-documented. However, a new study published in the journal Neurology finds that the impact runs much deeper than just the physical. Recovering from stroke is more than just physical, according to a new study. The most common type of stroke is an ischemic stroke, in which blood supply […]

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Experimental stroke drug succeeds in preliminary trials

Experimental stroke drug succeeds in preliminary trials

A new anti-stroke drug has now successfully passed preliminary clinical trials, leading its developers to enthuse over its potential as a more effective treatment, less likely to be accompanied by unwanted health events. Could this experimental drug protect against the adverse effects of traditional anti-stroke treatments? Stroke, a cardiovascular event, occurs when the brain’s supply […]

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Stroke risk may depend on your height as a child

Stroke risk may depend on your height as a child

People who were very short as children may have to pay closer attention to their cerebrovascular health. A new study suggests that it is these people who are more at risk of having a stroke in adulthood. Could we look to childhood height to predict stroke risk in adulthood? Stroke is an event that occurs […]

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Which women are most at risk of stroke?

Which women are most at risk of stroke?

A paper published this week outlines stroke risk factors that are specific to women. The authors hope that increasing awareness will help identify people who should be monitored more closely. A new review examines stroke risk factors in women. Strokes kill an estimated 140,000 people in the United States each year. That accounts for around […]

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Could looking into the eyes aid stroke diagnosis?

Could looking into the eyes aid stroke diagnosis?

Scientists have made a surprising discovery about the eye and its blood supply that may help to improve the diagnosis and treatment of stroke. Could our eyes hold the key to better stroke treatment? In a paper that was recently published in the journal Neurology, they describe how they found that a contrast agent that […]

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Stroke: Can the brain ‘rewire’ itself to aid recovery?

Stroke: Can the brain ‘rewire’ itself to aid recovery?

Temporary sensory deprivation may improve recovery following a stroke by making space for the brain to rewire itself, suggests new research by the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. Sensory deprivation could help with stroke recovery. A report published in Science Translational Medicine explains how the scientists came to this conclusion after […]