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Cognitive Decline Incidence Higher In U.S. Southern Stroke Belt

New research shows that residents of the Stroke Belt — a southern portion of the United States with significantly elevated stroke morality rate — also have a greater incidence of cognitive decline than other regions of the country. Researchers believe shared risk factors among members of this population are to blame. Results of this study, […]

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MRI of brain after a stroke

1 In 7 Strokes Occurs During Sleep, Many Go Without Clot-Busting Treatment

Approximately 14 percent of all strokes occur during sleep, preventing many from getting clot-busting treatment, according to a study published in the May 10, 2011, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The lead study author was Jason Mackey, MD, of the University of Cincinnati and a member of the […]

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Brain Bypass Surgery Sparks Restoration Of Lost Brain Tissue After Stroke

Neurosurgeons at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre, Toronto Western Hospital, have for the first time, initiated the restoration of lost brain tissue through brain bypass surgery in patients where blood flow to the brain is impaired by cerebrovascular disease. The study, which involved 29 patients, was published online in the journal Stroke.

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Antidepressant Reduces Neural Inhibition And Improves Brain Plasticity With Implications For Stroke Rehabilitation

The healthy brain has balance of excitatory and inhibitory signals that stimulate activity but also keep it under control. Some brain diseases, like autism and Down’s syndrome, have too much inhibition, which impairs cognitive functions. Reducing inhibition appears to improve cognition, and it can restore juvenile plasticity in the adult brain, making it more adaptable. […]

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Researcher Robert Robinson, M.D.

Antidepressant Medications May Aid Physical Recovery In Stroke

A University of Iowa study finds that patients treated with a short course of antidepressants after a stroke have significantly greater improvement in physical recovery than patients treated with a placebo. Moreover, the study is the first to demonstrate that this physical recovery continues to improve for at least nine months after the antidepressant medication […]

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Researcher Linda S. Williams, M.D.

Managing Post-Stroke Depression Improves Physical Functioning

Although as many as a third of those who experience a stroke develop depression, a new study by researchers from the Regenstrief Institute, the schools of health and rehabilitation sciences and of medicine at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center is the first to look whether managing post-stroke depression […]

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