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  • Do YOU know the symptoms of a STROKE ?!

    01/25/2010 5:40:31 PM PST · by tet68 · 47 replies · 1,369+ views
    STROKE HAPPENS. To you. To those you love. Know the signs. Act fast. A stroke happens when a part of the brain dies from lack of blood, usually because one of the arteries that supply oxygen-carrying blood to the brain has been damaged. There are two ways this can happen: Clogged vessel or ischemic stroke: Caused by blockage of a blood vessel in the brain, usually by a blood clot or by fatty deposits on the vessel wall. 85% of strokes are ischemic. Burst vessel or hemorrhagic stroke: Caused by a ruptured blood vessel, preventing normal flow and allowing blood...
  • Country star Charlie Daniels recovering after stroke

    01/24/2010 8:10:53 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 24 replies · 1,334+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1-24-10
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – American country music performer Charlie Daniel, whose hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" won him a Grammy in 1979, is recovering at home after suffering a mild stroke, his agent said. Daniels, 73, was snowmobiling in Colorado on Friday when he suffered the stroke and was released from hospital two days later. He has no plans to cancel any upcoming concert dates. "Charlie is doing well and looking forward to beginning The Charlie Daniels Band 2010 concert dates on February 27th in Ft. Pierce, Florida and February 28th in Brooksville, Florida," his agent said in...
  • The Devil went down to Durango - Charlie Daniels suffers stroke

    01/20/2010 2:23:28 PM PST · by RGirard · 26 replies · 1,025+ views ^ | Jan. 20, 2009 | Réne Girard
    Fiddle player extraordiare Charlie Daniels, most famous for his song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", suffered a stroke Friday Jan 15th while snowmobiling in Durango Colorado. The news was announced yesterday via his blog Mr. Daniels was treated in Durango, then airlifted approx. 230 miles to Denver for further treatment. Although the stroke was caused by a blood clot to the brain, it was considered a "minor" stroke ... Charlie has started physical therapy and is reportedly doing fine. Daniels, 73, was snowmobiling with friends when he noticed numbness in his left hand ... According to Charlie Daniels:...
  • Charlie Daniels has had a stroke

    01/20/2010 1:15:31 PM PST · by sleddogs · 25 replies · 2,052+ views
    (snip) The day was magnificent. The snow was smooth and deep and the trail had just been groomed. We were skimming across the snow at a good clip doing one of my favorite things in the whole world, snowmobiling in the beautiful Rocky Mountain backcountry with our snowmobile buddies Cy and Jeannie Scarborough and some other friends, hitting the high spots and just having a wonderful time. I noticed that my left hand was getting numb and thought that it was because I had been hanging on to the handle bars of my snowmobile for so long that it had...

    01/11/2010 10:18:35 AM PST · by decimon · 20 replies · 666+ views
    Ohio State University ^ | Jan 11, 2009 | Emily Caldwell
    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Blocking the function of an enzyme in the brain with a specific kind of vitamin E can prevent nerve cells from dying after a stroke, new research suggests. In a study using mouse brain cells, scientists found that the tocotrienol form of vitamin E, an alternative to the popular drugstore supplement, stopped the enzyme from releasing fatty acids that eventually kill neurons. The Ohio State University researchers have been studying how this form of vitamin E protects the brain in animal and cell models for a decade, and intend to pursue tests of its potential to both...
  • Risks: 5 Pathogens Linked to Risk for Stroke

    11/14/2009 7:04:29 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 1,190+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 17, 2009 | RONI CARYN RABIN
    Many strokes cannot be explained by known risk factors like high blood pressure and smoking, and scientists have speculated that infection could play a role. A new study is linking cumulative exposure to five common pathogens with an increased risk for stroke. The infections in order of significance are Chlamydia pneumoniae, Helicobacter pylori, cytomegalovirus and herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2, according to the study, published online on Nov. 9 in The Archives of Neurology. “Each of these common pathogens may persist after an acute infection and contribute to perpetuating a state of chronic low-level infection,” said the paper’s lead...
  • Bioethics — Tough questions for us all to consider

    09/30/2009 11:22:59 PM PDT · by BykrBayb · 1 replies · 632+ views
    Meadville Tribune ^ | October 01, 2009 12:05 am | James F. Drane
    After World War II, the U.S. government invested an enormous amount of money in medicine; medical research, medical procedures and medical technologies. This investment made contemporary scientific medicine into American medicine, characterized by a continuing flow of new treatment possibilities. These advances raised all kinds of ethical questions. Some were personal and individual, others were social and political. Both type questions are addressed by a new academic discipline called bioethics. The first attempt to develop a scientific medicine took place in Greece in the 5th century B.C. It was called Hippocratic medicine. Closely linked with this first scientific medicine was...
  • Prayer Request: My Mother-in-Law Has Had a Stroke

    09/14/2009 7:33:14 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 157 replies · 2,052+ views
    Asking for prayers for my 77 y/o Mother-in-law, who had a stroke Sunday morning. She holds down two part-time jobs for the Church, which she will probably now lose due to her condition and the need for extended rehab.
  • N. Korea's Kim Jong-il, Irascible and Hallucinating(S. Korean Think Tank Head)

    07/11/2009 3:28:42 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 739+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 07/11/09 | Kim Sung-jin
    /begin my excerpts N. Korea's Kim Jong-il, Irascible and Hallucinating(S. Korean Think Tank Head) (Seoul = Yonhap News) Kim Sung-jin = Due to complications from the stroke suffered August last year, N. Korean leader Kim Jong-il reportedly 'tends to be irascible and have trouble accepting negative reports,' according to Nam Sung-wook, the director of the Institute for National Security Strategy. He said, "During the first half of this year, Kim Jong-il's health is believe to be stable in general but he shows some idiosyncratic symptoms which are believed to be complications from his stroke." The comments are from excerpts of...
  • A Fourth indicator of a Stroke

    06/14/2009 5:38:02 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 59 replies · 3,425+ views
      Blood Clots/Stroke - They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue!         I will continue to forward this every time it comes around! STROKE:Remember the 1st Three Letters....S.T.R.  My nurse friend sent this and encouraged me to post it and spread the word. I agree. If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks. Seriously.. Please read: STROKE IDENTIFICATION: During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics).  She said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new...
  • Study: Lipid, BP Control Cut Stroke Risk by 65%

    06/05/2009 8:35:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 616+ views
    Family Practice News ^ | 15 May 2009 | SUSAN LONDON
    SEATTLE — Optimally controlling lipid and blood pressure levels can reduce the risk of stroke by up to 65% in patients at high risk, Dr. Pierre Amarenco reported at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology. The findings are based on a new analysis of data from the Stroke Prevention by Aggressive Reduction in Cholesterol Levels (SPARCL) trial. The results of this trial, as well as the findings of a recent meta-analysis of stroke-prevention trials (Lancet Neurol. 2009;8:453-63), suggest that the risk of stroke falls steadily in direct proportion to declines in the level of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol...
  • Paralysed stroke victim 'cured' with Botox

    06/04/2009 10:08:20 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 10 replies · 766+ views
    Times Online (U.K.) ^ | June 5, 2009 | Anne Barrowclough
    A stroke victim who has been paralysed for more than two decades can walk again after being injected with Botox. Russell McPhee was a healthy meat worker who played football, cricket and basketball when, at the age of 26, he collapsed suddenly at work. When he woke in hospital he was told he had suffered a stroke and would never walk again. “I felt my life had ended,” he said. “I lost my job, my wife left me, I ended up with nothing.” Today, Mr McPhee, 49, of Gippsland in Victoria, can walk almost unaided for up to 20 metres...
  • Telemedicine May Open tPA's Window (Treating most strokes in small and rural hospitals!)

    05/03/2009 11:59:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 494+ views
    Family Practice News ^ | 1 April 2009 | DOUG BRUNK
    SAN DIEGO — Physicians in rural Georgia are achieving the optimal window for administration of tissue plasminogen activator, tPA, to stroke patients thanks to a telemedicine network spearheaded by the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta. Known as the Georgia REACH Telestroke Network, the setup involves the use of phone consultations, videoconferencing, audio recording, review of images, and other aspects of telemedicine delivered by a neurologist to physicians in rural hospitals who don't have the benefit of a neurologist on staff or on call when a stroke patient presents to the emergency department. “The idea is that you're getting tPA [tissue...
  • Elderly stroke patient left for 20 hours without food or any fluids

    04/22/2009 6:43:26 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 8 replies · 532+ views ^ | 04/23/09 | Lyndsay Moss
    AN ELDERLY stroke patient was left without food or water for 20 hours after delays in her care by the NHS, a report revealed yesterday. The woman was taken to the Gilbert Bain Hospital in Shetland after her feeding tube became blocked. But after delays in getting an ambulance and then discharging her from the hospital, she had been without fluid or nutrition for 20 hours and was becoming dehydrated. Yesterday, the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman upheld complaints made by the woman's husband about her treatment. The report said that the patient – known as Mrs C – suffered a...
  • Botox Frees Muscles for Stroke Patients in the Know

    03/24/2009 9:06:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 1,253+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 24, 2009 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    After her stroke, Francine V. Corso, a software engineer who worked on NASA’s lunar lander, was housebound from 1992 to 2001. Her left arm was twisted up near her neck, making it difficult to pull on a blouse, and her fingers curled so rigidly that her nails buried themselves in her palm. When she finally learned to rise from her wheelchair, her contorted left leg had the so-called horse gait of many brain-injury victims — she stepped toe-downward, and then fought to keep her foot from rolling over. Now, with injections of botulinum toxin every three months, she says, “I’m...
  • Prayers for my daughter, PLEASE [Update at #330]

    02/10/2009 2:14:58 PM PST · by kitkat · 427 replies · 6,529+ views
    self | 2/10/09 | kitkat
    PLease pray for my daughter, Katie, who had a stroke and was rushed by helicopter to Cleveland for surgery. She is in her forties and has two children, one still in grade school. Since we live in different states, the information has been sketchy, but we do know that the stroke was a bad one.
  • Green light for UK stem-cell trial - Stroke patients to be treated with tailor-made brain...

    01/20/2009 11:12:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 1,041+ views
    Nature News ^ | 19 January 2009 | Helen Pilcher
    Stroke patients to be treated with tailor-made brain cells. Stem cells will be grafted into the brains of patients during the new trial.ALAMY UK researchers have been given the go-ahead for a clinical trial to assess the use of stem-cell transplants for stroke. Twelve people will take part in the preliminary safety study, the first time that brain-derived stem cells have been used to treat stroke patients.The trial, due to start later this year, will see different doses of cultured human neural stem cells grafted into the brains of patients who have had a stroke — often caused by a...
  • British scientists given permission to treat stroke victims with stem cells from aborted babies

    01/18/2009 4:15:48 PM PST · by BGHater · 15 replies · 682+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 18 Jan 2009 | David Derbyshire
    British scientists have been given permission to treat stroke patients with injections of cells from an aborted baby, it emerged last night. In a world first, stem cells from a 12-week-old foetus will be injected into patients' brains. Experts believe the cells will regenerate areas damaged by strokes and restore movement and mental skills. But anti-abortion groups condemned the trials as 'sick' and said it was barbaric for society to use aborted foetuses this way. A quarter of a million Britons have a severe disability caused by a stroke. Until now there has been no way of repairing the damage...
  • New old-fashioned drug makers: goats (their milk prevents blood clots)

    01/10/2009 12:59:15 PM PST · by FocusNexus · 336+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Jan. 10, 2009 | Karen Kaplan
    The goats being raised on a farm in central Massachusetts are genetically engineered to make a human protein in their milk that prevents dangerous blood clots from forming. The company extracts the protein and turns it into a medicine that fights strokes, pulmonary embolisms and other life-threatening conditions. GTC has asked the Food and Drug Administration to OK the drug, called ATryn. An expert panel voted overwhelmingly Friday that it is safe and effective, putting it on the verge of becoming the first drug from a genetically engineered animal to be approved in the U.S. The agency is expected to...
  • Bacon Explosion: The BBQ Sausage Recipe of all Recipes

    01/09/2009 2:01:23 PM PST · by Lucius Cornelius Sulla · 126 replies · 3,128+ views
    BBQ Addicts - BBQ Blog ^ | December 23, 2008 | Jason
    The other day the guys from contacted me in search for some barbecue bacon recipes. Of course I have plenty of great uses for bacon in a barbecue pit, but the longer I thought about it, the more I wanted to step it up a notch and clog a few arteries for those guys. Behold, BACON EXPLOSION!!! Here’s what you’ll need…2 pounds thick cut bacon 2 pounds Italian sausage 1 jar of your favorite barbeque sauce 1 jar of your favorite barbeque rub