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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...

2012-01-12 12:20:44

Placing a stent in a key artery in the neck is safer than ever in patients ineligible for the standard surgical treatment of carotid artery disease, according to a new study published online today in the Journal of Vascular Surgery. A team of researchers led by Dr. Jon Matsumura, head of the vascular surgery division at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, found the clinical trial PROTECT (Carotid Artery Stenting with Distal Embolic Protection with Improved System)...

Portrait of Worried Senior Couple
2012-01-01 08:31:07

Tiny areas of dead tissue located within the brain might be the cause of some instances of memory loss in older adults, a new study scheduled for publication this week has suggested. According to Alan Mozes of USA Today HealthDay, the study -- which was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and will be published in the January 3 edition of the journal Neurology -- looked at 658 men and women at least 65 years of age. None of the study participants had a history of dementia,...

2011-12-01 11:17:53

Genome-wide study into new gene functions in the formation of platelets In a study into the genetics of blood cell formation, researchers have identified 68 regions of the genome that affect the size and number of platelets. Platelets are small cells that circulate in the blood and are key to the processes of blood clotting and wound healing. In this genome-wide study, the team used a multidisciplinary approach to successfully identify new genetic variants involved in the formation of...

Taking Aspirin For Heart Health Not Worth The Risk For Women: Study
2011-11-29 06:25:25

Taking aspirin to ward off strokes or heart attacks is not worth the risk for healthy, middle-aged women, according to a new Dutch study published in the European Heart Journal. The researchers said that 50 women would need to take the medication for 10 years for just one to be helped - assuming they were all at high risk in the first place. "There are very few women who actually benefit," said the study´s lead author, Dr. Jannick Dorresteijn of University Medical Center Utrecht in...

2011-11-18 03:11:37

Factors such as low hemoglobin levels, increased systolic blood pressure, and male gender are linked to a higher risk of silent cerebral infarcts (SCIs), or silent strokes, in children with sickle cell anemia (SCA), according to results from a large, first-of-its-kind study published online today in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology (ASH). Silent strokes are the most common form of neurological injury found in SCA, with more than 25 percent of children with the...


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