Stroke & Vascular Disorders News


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.
Oct 07, 2016
Imaging stroke risk in 4-D
A researcher from Northwestern University has developed a new imaging technique -- atrial 4D flow CMR -- that can help predict who is most at risk for stroke. This breakthrough could lead to better treatment and outcomes for patients with atrial fibrillation.
Sep 13, 2016
Endovascular therapy potentially beneficial for distal stroke clots
Endovascular therapy for disabling strokes caused by a blockage in a more distal portion of a large vessel is effective and possibly superior to best medical management, according to a large multicenter retrospective study by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, published yesterday in JAMA Neurology.
Sep 02, 2016
FDA allows marketing of clot retrieval devices to reduce disability in stroke patients
The US Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of 2 Trevo clot-retrieval devices as an initial therapy for ischemic strokes to reduce paralysis, speech difficulties, and other stroke disabilities. These devices should be used within 6 hours of symptom onset and only following treatment with t-PA.
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