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Repetitive peripheral sensory stimulation to treat arm paralysis in patients with stroke

Posted by on Nov 22, 2018 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the effects of repetitive peripheral sensory stimulation (RPSS) in the recovery of the arm movements of patients with stroke. Researchers suggested that RPSS is a safe and effective treatment for these patients. Some background Stroke is a major cause of disability worldwide. Arm paralysis (absence of movement) is...

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Can thyroid function tests predict outcomes after a stroke?

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated if fatigue (tiredness) after a stroke is associated with the blood levels of the thyroid hormone TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). Researchers suggested that TSH levels may have a role in fatigue after a stroke. Some background Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the US. A stroke consists of a...

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A link between low vitamin D and brain small vessel disease

Posted by on Oct 21, 2018 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study looked at the link between low vitamin D and cerebral (brain) small vessel disease in patients with a stroke. The authors concluded that patients with low vitamin D levels had a greater burden of cerebral small vessel disease. Some background Cerebral small vessel disease (cSVD) refers to problems associated with small blood...

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Do testosterone levels affect mood after a stroke?

Posted by on Sep 29, 2018 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study looked at whether the levels of sex hormones in patients who had a stroke? are associated with mood disturbances. The authors concluded that low testosterone levels are linked to anger proneness and emotional incontinence in these patients. Some background Patients who have had a stroke commonly have mood and emotional...

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Can a mirror help improve motor function after stroke?

Posted by on Sep 21, 2018 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study looked at the effect of mirror therapy on improving motor deficits in patients with stroke. The authors concluded that mirror therapy may be effective at improving motor function in these patients.  Some background Patients with a previous stroke regularly experience physical deficits. These include problems with...

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Measuring levels of a lipoprotein to predict the risk of recurrent stroke

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study looked at levels of oxidized low-density lipoprotein (a type of fat cell) as a biomarker to predict recurrent stroke. The authors concluded that high levels of this protein are associated with a higher risk of another stroke in patients with minor stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA; when blood flow to a part of the brain...

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Association between antidepressants and bleeding

Posted by on Sep 15, 2018 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study looked at the association between antidepressant medication and abnormal bleeding. The authors stated that antidepressants increase the risk of abnormal bleeding, particularly when combined with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).  Some background Serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs) are used to treat...

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Clinical Trials Today

Clinical Trials Today

Posted by on Aug 26, 2018 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, Nocturia, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Overactive bladder, Parkinson's Disease, Prostate cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Stroke, Urinary incontinence, Urinary tract infection | 8 comments

Prior to the 20th century, most people lived about 47 years in the developed world because of infectious diseases. In 1940, the first use of penicillin to treat infectious diseases occurred and penicillin became available in 1945 to the general public. Science and research conducted throughout the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, created more antibiotics so that life...

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Evaluating the link between atrial fibrillation, anticoagulant treatment and the risk of stroke

Posted by on Aug 18, 2018 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study looked at the association between anticoagulant medication used in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF, irregular heartbeat) and its association with stroke. The authors found that AF is commonly undertreated which can impact the risk of stroke. Some background Atrial fibrillation (AF) is one of the highest risk factors...

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Is intense rehabilitation after stroke more beneficial?

Posted by on Jul 14, 2018 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study looked at how intensity of rehabilitation may affect the risk of death in stroke patients. The authors determined that high intensity rehabilitation was associated with a decrease in mortality risk following stroke. Some background Many stroke patients experience post-stroke disabilities. These can have an impact on...

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