May 18, 2017
Researchers connect brain blood vessel lesions to intestinal bacteria
A study in mice and humans suggests that bacteria in the gut can influence the structure of the brain's blood vessels, and may be responsible for producing cerebral cavernous malformations that can lead to stroke or epilepsy.
May 17, 2017
DAWN results show reduction in disability from stroke up to 24 hours of onset
Results from the DAWN stroke trial provide compelling evidence that selected patients suffering a major ischemic stroke recovered significantly better with mechanical retrieval of the blood clot (mechanical thrombectomy) with medical therapy compared with medical therapy alone when initiated past the current guidelines of within 6 hours and up to 24 hours of the stroke.
May 11, 2017
Higher levels of biomarker linked to increased stroke risk for women
Women with elevated levels of beta-2 microglobulin, a protein found on the surface of many cells, may be at a higher risk of ischemic stroke, according to a study published in the current online issue of Neurology®.
Apr 17, 2017
Potential new treatment strategy for neuroinflammation related to intracerebral hemorrhage
New research in The FASEB Journal suggests that pharmcological blockade of a protein called TSPO reduces inflammation and brain edema in animal models of intracerebral hemorrhage.
Mar 31, 2017
Insomnia associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke
A meta-analysis assessing the association between insomnia symptoms and incidence or death from cardiovascular disease, stroke, or a combination of events found that difficulty initiating sleep, difficulty maintaining sleep, and non-restorative sleep were significantly associated with higher risks of cardiovascular and stroke events.
Mar 20, 2017
Study shows stem cell therapy is safe for stroke patients; may aid recovery if given early
A multicenter trial published in Lancet Neurology looking at whether stem cells can aid stroke recovery indicates it's safe and well-tolerated by patients and that early therapy - within the first 36 hours after stroke symptoms surface - may enhance physical recovery.
Mar 01, 2017
New PET radiotracer identifies inflammation in life-threatening atherosclerosis
In the featured article of the March 2017 issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, researchers demonstrate that a new PET radiotracer, gallium-68 (Ga-68)-pentixafor, can quickly and noninvasively identify life-threatening atherosclerotic plaques.
Feb 24, 2017
Regular aerobic exercise beginning in middle age may lessen severity of stroke in old age
The amount of damage to the brain after a stroke and the effectiveness of recovery treatments depend significantly on the extent of collateral circulation. Using mice, University of North Carolina researchers found that the loss of collateral vessels is prevented by exercise. Their study was presented at the American Heart Association's International Stroke Conference 2017.
Jan 31, 2017
Kidney function in stroke patients associated with short-term outcomes
A routine blood test that measures kidney function can be a valuable predictor of short-term outcomes for stroke patients, according to a study led by a neurologist at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The study is published in the February issue of the journal Stroke.
Jan 16, 2017
The lasting effects of ministrokes may contribute to dementia
Medical University of South Carolina investigators report preclinical research showing that microinfarcts induce prolonged dysfunction in brain areas estimated to be 12-times larger than the visible injury site.