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Grassroots program builds stroke awareness

Grassroots program builds stroke awareness

By Morgen Wells

LAKEPORT >> Sutter Lakeside Hospital staff are hitting the streets to bring preventative education to Lake County.

Beginning Thursday, Oct. 13, hospital staff members will pledge to educate five friends or family members about the signs and symptoms of stroke using key ring tabs printed with the “BE FAST” acronym. Over 300 staff members are participating. (more…)

Brain cell death mechanism for stroke, Alzheimer’s identified

Brain cell death mechanism for stroke, Alzheimer’s identified

Written by Hannah Nichols
Published: Friday 7 October 2016 at www.medicalnewstoday.com

Different triggers spark stroke, injuries, and neurodegenerative diseases, but the molecular chain of events responsible for brain cell death in these conditions are the same. Johns Hopkins researchers have isolated the single protein at the end of the chain that delivers the fatal blow and hacks up a cell’s DNA.
The findings – published in the journal Science – could pave the way for new therapies to stop the process in its tracks and potentially prevent brain cell death. (more…)

Post-Stroke Depression Eight Times Higher than Average

Post-Stroke Depression Eight Times Higher than Average

Samson, Kurt

Post-Stroke Depression Eight Times Higher than Average, Danish Study Finds

The incidence of depression in the early months after a first stroke was eight times higher than average, according to a population-based study in Denmark, and patients with a history of prior depression or more severe stroke were especially vulnerable.After three months the rate fell significantly, yet it was still two times higher at two years, according to the study published online September 7 in JAMA Psychiatry. (more…)

How safe and effective are new drugs for stroke prevention?

How safe and effective are new drugs for stroke prevention?

For decades, warfarin was the only oral blood thinner available to reduce the risk of stroke for patients with atrial fibrillation. Warfarin use is cumbersome, because it requires ongoing blood test to monitor the effect and has numerous drug and food interaction. Now a number of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant (NOAC) drugs are available for patients with atrial fibrillation and claim to revolutionize the care for patients with atrial fibrillation. (more…)

Time window to help people who’ve had a stroke longer than previously shown

Time window to help people who’ve had a stroke longer than previously shown

UCLA-led study shows that stent retrievers can provide benefits more than seven hours after onset

Article by: Enrique Rivero | September 27, 2016

Time is of the essence when getting people stricken with acute ischemic strokes to treatment. And the use of stent retrievers — devices that remove the blood clot like pulling a cork out of a wine bottle — has proven to be a breakthrough for removing the life-threatening blockage of blood flow to the brain. (more…)