Stroke

Sunday, 20 March 2016 16:28

High-protein diet lowers stroke risk

Every year thousands of Indians die or are crippled by stroke. Here, however, is a simple way of reducing the risk. Eat lots of protein. It is well known that fat-rich diets promote the build-up of plaques in the arteries, which can lead to atherosclerosis. Similarly, high blood pressure and diabetes are caused by overweight and obesity among other factors. However, the latest study published in the journal Neurology shows that dietary protein may reduce…
Medical experts have said that brain stroke can be avoided by regular physical activity, not smoking and limiting the consumption of alcohol. This was among the observations made by leading neurologists at an event organized by Aayush hospital in the run up to the World Stroke Day, October 29. Read more...
A new study conducted by Dr Gwen Windham, an associate professor of geriatrics at the University of Mississippi in The US have revealed that the presence of small injured areas or lesions in the brain may suggest an elevated risk of stroke or stroke-related death among otherwise normal people. Dr Windham observed that these findings indicate that even tiny lesions on brain imaging ought to be taken seriously as early pathology suggesting an increased risk…
Saturday, 11 July 2015 12:34

Want to avoid stroke? Eat chocolates!

There is no feeling to beat falling in love. Wrong. Eating chocolates produces the same feeling in the brain. Plus, now it appears, it protects your heart and brain, from attacks and strokes! Wow. So, go ahead and dig into a juicy bar of rich dark chocolate with zero guilt. For long, scientists (and most chocolate lovers) have known that it is intensely pleasurable to eat chocolates. Other than the taste, scientists have de-romanticized our…
In one fell stroke, literally, your brain could age by eight years, according to the results of a new study carried out at the University of Michigan U-M Medical School and the School of Public Health and the VA Center for Clinical Management Research. The finding is based on the performance of a group of stroke patients on a 27-item memory test. The results of this test showed that the memory and speed of thought…
Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:43

Strokes affect women more than men

If you thought gender bias was a social problem think again. According to new study by researchers in Taiwan the after-effects of stroke are more pronounced in women than men. “Women appear to have more lasting and intense memory impairment issues over the long run following a concussion,” said the scientists who conducted the study. Also referred to as mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), concussion is temporary loss of normal brain function, which often follows…
Thursday, 26 March 2015 00:00

A sense of purpose protects brains

If you are a senior citizen and lack a strong sense of purpose, then gets one, it may save your brain from tissue damage. New research involving autopsies of adults in their 80s showed far fewer "macroscopic infarcts" – dead tissue caused by blocked blood flow – among people who felt they were leading meaningful lives. Brain tissue damage of this kind is believed to increase the risk of dementia, movement problems, disability and/or death…
Monday, 23 March 2015 10:35

Tools help unlock brain mysteries

An advanced set of analytical tools is helping scientists unravel some of the brain’s deepest mysteries and open new horizons in stroke-related research. Developed by an international collaboration these tools provide a never-before look into cell types in the brain, says Associate Prof Ruth Empson, of the University of Otago physiology department who is part of the group. A part of the arsenal is a revolutionary $-1-million ''multi-photon microscope'', which uses infra-red light to see…
A study involving patients in New Zealand has proved the efficacy of a treatment that removes blood clots from the brain. The procedure dramatically improves the recovery of stroke victims. Recently a young patient in Auckland affected a full recovery from a stroke which threatened to leave him with severe mobility issues. Called clot retrieval the effectiveness of the treatment has been proved by studies in Holland, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Still,…
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 09:28

A breakthrough in battle against stroke

The risk of sustaining a serious disability from a stroke can be reduced with the use of peptides, researchers in West Australia have found. “It is an important development in stroke research,” said Professor David Blacker, medical director, West Australian Neuroscience Research Institute. Experimental peptides succeeded in reducing the volume of damage caused by stroke in rats. If this can be applied to humans, critical bits of the brain could be protected from damage. Professor…