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Having a purpose in life may improve health of aging brain


Having a strong sense that your life has meaning and direction may make you less likely to develop areas of brain damage caused by blockages in blood flow as you age. This research is reported in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

When a blockage interrupts […]

March 19th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Better midlife fitness may slow brain aging

People with poor physical fitness in their 40s may have lower brain volumes by the time they hit 60, an indicator of accelerated brain aging, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association EPI/Lifestyle 2015 meeting.

“Many people don’t start worrying about their brain health until later in […]

March 4th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Clot-removing therapy saves lives, but few have access

Research shows that endovascular therapy — which removes the clots in the brain — saves lives. But patients often don’t receive or have access to the therapy.

About 15 percent of stroke patients are eligible for endovascular therapy, which involves using a catheter to remove clots in the brain, according […]

February 23rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Chronic kidney disease ups risk of cognitive decline years after stroke


Chronic kidney disease is associated with increased signs of brain aging and is a predictor of cognitive decline years after stroke or transient ischemic attack, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

There has been little research on the relationship between chronic kidney disease […]

New device improves healing of some ruptured aneurysms

A new device inserted into small ruptured brain aneurysms significantly improved healing of ruptured aneurysms compared to a standard device, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Small aneurysms often cause no symptoms, but they can rupture and bleed into the area surrounding the […]

Spleen may be key target for successful cell therapy after stroke

The spleen — not the brain — may be the key target in successful cell therapy after a stroke, according to a study in mice presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

After a stroke, the spleen seems to contribute to ongoing inflammation and brain damage.

Researchers compared […]

Stem cell injections may improve cognitive function after stroke

Stem cell injections into the brain may improve some cognitive functions in people who haven’t recovered months or years after a clot-caused stroke, according to a study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

In a preliminary study, 18 patients who had sustained moderate or severe ischemic […]

10-year-old continues to defy expectations after her stroke

Christine Winchester believes her daughter has interests, ideas and dreams that are typical of other 10-year-olds. But the stroke that Rhys suffered before she was born — and how she has handled herself since – illustrate her unique perseverance and strength.

Christine’s pregnancy was typical for twins and she, her […]

Treating brain hemorrhage at higher volume stroke centers improves outcomes

Treating a severe stroke known as subarachnoid hemorrhage at high-volume stroke centers results in fewer deaths, according to a study recently published in Neurology Today that is based on research presented at this year’s International Stroke Conference.

Subarachnoid hemorrhage, or SAH, occurs when a blood vessel bursts and bleeds into the lining between the surface […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: She overcame a stroke; her sister didn’t, stoking her passion to educate others

Enduring what she thought was a crushing migraine, Bethany Calley left her job at the sheriff’s department and headed to the store for some medicine. She was making her way across a parking lot when “it felt like my head exploded.”
“It felt like thick fluid was running through my […]