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Dehydration linked to worsening stroke conditions

People who are well hydrated at the time of their stroke have a greater chance of better recovery compared to people who are dehydrated, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Researchers gathered baseline lab measurements and MRI scans on ischemic (clot-caused) stroke patients […]

Motorized cycling may prime brain for relearning after stroke

Exercise on a motorized stationary bike appeared to give stroke patients an advantage in relearning everyday tasks and improved motor function of their arms, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Aerobic exercise has been shown to help the brain learn information. The role […]

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 […]

Optic nerve may help predict stroke patient death risk

Using optic ultrasound to measure the sheath of a nerve that connects the eye and brain can help identify acute stroke patients most at risk of dying within days or months, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

The new study aimed to quickly […]

Many mild stroke patients considered “too good to treat” may actually benefit from tPA

Stroke patients with mild symptoms might be eligible to receive the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator, but often don’t receive the therapy because they are deemed “too good to treat.”

However, many of these patients don’t fare well after stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International […]

Clot-removing devices provide better outcomes for stroke survivors

Strokes caused by large blood clots in the brain are less likely to result in disability or death if the blockage is removed in the crucial early hours, according to reaffirming new research widely celebrated Wednesday.

Doctors quickly lauded the findings as instantly changing the way certain stroke sufferers are […]

Low vitamin D predicts more severe strokes, poor health post-stroke

Stroke patients with low vitamin D levels were found to be more likely than those with normal vitamin D levels to suffer severe strokes and have poor health months after stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Low vitamin D has been associated […]

Stroke survivors more likely to make dangerous driving errors

Drivers who have had recent strokes are more likely than drivers who have not had strokes to make errors during complex driving tasks, according to two small Canadian studies presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

“Current guidelines recommend that patients should refrain from driving for a […]

Natural brain-repair substance may improve stroke outcome

Supplementing a natural substance that protects nerve cells and encourages new blood vessel formation may aid in new neural growth after stroke when started a week later, according to a mouse study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Currently, the only FDA-approved drug, tPA, which dissolves […]

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 […]