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May Is National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month
2012-05-03 04:51:11

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com May is the month to raise awareness on multiple issues. There´s Healthy Vision Month, as promoted by the National Eye Institute. Now there´s the National High Blood Pressure Education Month and Stroke Awareness Month, promoted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). According to the HHS, one in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure (otherwise known as hypertension). Hypertension is called “the silent killer”...

2012-05-02 21:20:19

After nearly 13 years of study and intense debate, a pair of new papers from the Perelman School of Medicine, at the University of Pennsylvania have confirmed exactly how a once-popular class of anti-inflammatory drugs leads to cardiovascular risk for people taking it. It has been almost eight years since Vioxx® was withdrawn by Merck from the market, provoking an intense controversy about the role inhibitors of the enzyme COX-2 play in causing heart attacks and strokes. Since then,...

2012-03-27 05:16:31

(Ivanhoe Newswire)-- There is only one stroke treatment option available today and with such a high rate of individuals suffering from strokes, many would agree that a new solution is necessary. Now researchers from Stanford University have shown that by removing a matching set of molecules responsible for assisting in regulation of the brain's capacity for forming and breaking connections between nerve cells could greatly increase recovery from a stroke just days after occurring....

2012-03-14 16:00:00

CLEVELAND, March 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A catheter procedure that closes a hole in patients' hearts is no more effective than medical therapy in preventing recurrent strokes, according to a new study published in the March 15 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. In the CLOSURE I trial, clinical researchers compared a catheter procedure plus medical therapy with medications alone to prevent new strokes or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) in patients between 18 and 60 years old...

2012-02-10 08:00:00

According to the US Drug Watchdog, “On Saturday February 4th 2012, we received an e-mail from a young woman, who at 19 years old, suffered a stroke, while using the birth control pill cal Yaz. She was an athlete, with no known health issues. Our Yaz, Yasmin, or generic version Ocella birth control pill initiative is now officially our most important women's health initiative ever. We are also very focused on women who used Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella, and had a heart attack, or developed...

2012-02-06 10:37:38

A genetic variant that increases the risk of a common type of stroke has been identified by scientists in a study published online in Nature Genetics today. This is one of the few genetic variants to date to be associated with risk of stroke and the discovery opens up new possibilities for treatment. Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide (more than one in 10 of all deaths, and over six million deaths annually), and also in developed countries is a major cause of chronic...

2012-02-02 18:00:48

A stronger link than cholesterol levels to ischemic stroke In a surprising finding with significant implications for older women, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and NYU School of Medicine have found that high levels of triglycerides (blood fats) are the strongest risk factor for the most common type of stroke in older women — more of a risk factor than elevated levels of total cholesterol or of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (known...

2012-02-03 08:00:00

The US Drug Watchdog is expanding its national investigation of the birth control drugs called Yaz and Yasmin given increasing evidence these drugs may be responsible for serious pulmonary embolism's, deep vein thrombosis, heart attacks, strokes and other serious side affects with users. According to the New York Times, "In September of 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cited Bayer for running misleading television commercials, and for not following proper quality-control...

2012-02-01 12:33:37

People with severe sleep apnea may have an increased risk of silent strokes and small lesions in the brain, according to a small study presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2012. "We found a surprisingly high frequency of sleep apnea in patients with stroke that underlines its clinical relevance as a stroke risk factor," said Jessica Kepplinger, M.D., the study's lead researcher and stroke fellow in the Dresden University Stroke Center's Department...