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Factors associated with an active social life after stroke

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study aimed to identify factors which would predict whether a stroke patient is more likely to partake in social activities long term. They concluded that patients who can drive, can walk more than a few hundred feet and have a wide social network are more likely to partake in social activities long term. Some background Stroke...

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Constipation – a side effect of stroke

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study provided a meta-analysis of the incidence of constipation in stroke patients. The authors concluded that there is a high occurrence of constipation in stroke patients. Some background Stroke patients usually experience side effects after stroke. This can include constipation. Constipation can lead to prolonged hospital...

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FDA News Releases and Signing Up for Alerts

FDA News Releases and Signing Up for Alerts

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in Benign prostatic hyperplasia, Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Coronary artery disease, Diabetes mellitus, Erectile dysfunction, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Hypertension, Infertility, Kidney stones, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Stroke, Urinary incontinence, Urinary tract infection | 1 comment

You may not know this but you can get warnings from the FDA on problems with prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs.  For example, on August 11, a FDA News Release issued this warning about over-the-counter liquid vitamins that are given to young children and those who cannot swallow pills. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is...

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Identifying new markers to screen for recurrent stroke risk

Posted by on Jul 15, 2017 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This trial examined whether elevated lipoprotein(a) levels result in an increased risk of recurrent ischemic stroke. The authors concluded that patients who have had one ischemic stroke and have high Lp(a) levels are at a greater risk of further vascular (blood vessel) events. Some background Stroke patients are commonly at a higher...

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Treating post-stroke depression with antidepressant therapy

Posted by on Jul 15, 2017 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This review summarized data from several trials which looked at antidepressant therapy for patients with post-stroke depression. The authors concluded that there is a potential benefit of antidepressant drugs for these patients. Some background Post-stroke depression (PSD) is a common occurrence after stroke. The main risk factors...

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Changes in sexuality post-stroke

Posted by on Jul 15, 2017 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study examined whether patients experienced sexuality changes after stroke. The authors concluded that sexuality post-stroke varies between patients and should be discussed with healthcare providers. Some background Stroke can cause long-term physical and mental impairments. This can affect patients socially and psychologically....

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Exercise recommendations following stroke

Posted by on Jul 15, 2017 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This review includes recommendations on exercise and physical activity for stroke patients. The authors concluded that exercise programs can greatly increase quality of life for stroke patients. Some background Stroke patients often experience long term disability and cannot live independently due to mental and physical disabilities....

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A link between alcohol consumption and stroke?

Posted by on Jul 15, 2017 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study examined the link between alcohol consumption and stroke. The authors concluded that light consumption of alcohol could decrease the risk of ischemic stroke. In contrast, they noted that heavy consumption of alcohol increased the risk of all types of stroke. Some background Light alcohol consumption is considered...

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Do multivitamins protect against stroke?

Posted by on Jul 15, 2017 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study looked at whether taking multivitamins was protective against different types of stroke. The results suggest that regular multivitamin use and high fruit and vegetable intake lead to a reduced risk of ischemic stroke. Some background Studies describing the benefits of multivitamins are controversial. Some studies suggest...

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Are stroke patients at a higher risk of bone fractures?

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This meta-analysis aimed to determine whether stroke patients experience fractures more commonly than non-stroke patients. The authors concluded that stroke is associated with an increased risk of fractures.   Some background Stroke patients commonly have post-stroke physical and mental disabilities which can affect their...

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