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Plan Aims To Prevent 1 Million Heart Attacks, Strokes
2011-09-14 05:09:53

  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched its “Million Hearts” initiative on Tuesday, a program that seeks to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years by improving aspirin use, blood pressure, cholesterol control and preventing tobacco use. The department said the program is focused on two main objectives: empowering people to make healthy lifestyle choices and improving care for those that need treatment. Lifestyle...

2011-09-12 13:05:07

A simple function that most of us take for granted — swallowing — is the focus of University of Adelaide research which could help thousands of stroke sufferers around the world. In an Australian first, researchers from the University's Robinson Institute are using magnetic stimulators to jump start the brain after a stroke and repair swallowing functions which break down in more than 50% of stroke patients. Speech pathologist Dr Sebastian Doeltgen, who is part of the...

2011-08-29 11:27:39

The death rate among patients prescribed a statin in a major trial that ended in 2003 is still lower than those given a placebo, even though most participants in both groups have been taking statins ever since. ASCOT, the Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcomes Trial, was stopped early because the statin was so effective at preventing heart attacks and strokes, but a new analysis has shown that eight years on, the most significant difference between the groups is a reduction in deaths from...

2011-06-09 07:52:13

By Lydia Jennings, Ivanhoe Health Correspondent (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability, according to the American Heart Association. It's even possible to have a "silent stroke," or a small brain lesion, and not even notice it. However, a new study says that older people who exercise regularly may be less likely to develop silent strokes, which are the first sign of cerebrovascular disease. "I...

2011-06-07 00:00:31

The US Drug Watchdog says, "We are horrified with the stories we are getting from women from the United States, Canada, Australia, related to the birth control pills called Yaz, Yasmin, or the generic version Ocella. We are talking about heart attacks, strokes, pulmonary embolisms, and we fear death. These are not old women. In most instances we are talking about women in their early twenties. Even more worrisome, in some cases the young women we are talking about are extremely athletic, and...

2011-05-31 23:01:00

Foundation launches free Smartphone apps to help turn the tide for all Canadians To view the Social Media Release, click here: http://smr.newswire.ca/en/heart-and-stroke-foundation/stroke-is-urgent OTTAWA, June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - The Heart and Stroke Foundation 2011 Stroke Month Report warns that awareness levels of stroke warning signs and stroke prevention is dangerously low among all women, especially among women from Canada's two largest visible minorities - people of...

2011-05-21 00:01:22

The US Drug Watchdog is intensifying its initiative to inform all US women about potentially severe side effects such as severe gallbladder issues, blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, or other extremely serious medical issues associated with the use of the very popular birth control pills called Yaz, or Yasmin. The group is saying, "Millions of young women have used the Yaz, or Yasmin birth control pills, and we do not think they understand the potentially serious medical side effects. We...

2011-05-18 14:16:27

Strokes are not typically thought of as a childhood health issue, but Baylor College of Medicine experts warn that they do occur in children and can result in significant long-lasting effects. "The incidence of strokes occurring in children is similar to that of pediatric brain tumors," said Dr. Lisa Nassif, assistant professor of pediatrics and neurology at BCM and pediatric neurologist at Texas Children's Hospital. "The more that people become aware that strokes can in fact happen in...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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