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Monday, December 17, 2018

Sleep Apnea Can Double Risk of Hard-to-Treat Hypertension in African-Americans

A new study published in Circulation reveals that African-Americans with moderate or severe sleep apnea are twice as likely to have hard-to-control high blood pressure when their sleep apnea…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Large Global Registry of Stroke-Inducing Blood Clots Launched

The single largest global registry will collect and analyze stroke-inducing blood clots removed from the brain by thrombectomy. The Excellent Registry will enroll up to 1,000 ischemic stroke patients …

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Biases in Dementia Screening Tools

Brief cognitive tests are useful screening tools for dementia in the primary care setting; however, a study published in the journal Neurology Clinical Practice shows that 3 of the most comm…

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Friday, November 16, 2018

New Campaign Urges Women to Take The Lead on Brain Health

A new campaign, Be Brain Powerful (, has been launched to encourage women to talk about brain health and take steps to preserve cognitive function has been launched. This $2 m…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Migraines that Affect Vision May Increase Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

People who experience migraine with visual aura may have an increased risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib), according to a study published in Neurology.  Participants in thelongitudinal, co…

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Study Confirms Benefits of Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy

A prospective, multi-center clinical study of 42 patients with brain lesions that recurred after stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for metastatic brain tumors showed positive outcomes for lase…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Montreal Cognitive Assessment—A 10-Minute Test—May Predict Long-Term Outcomes for Patients with Stroke

In a prospective study (Neurology. 2018:October 18.) of 274 patients in France and Germany, the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) was administered 1 week after these patients had experienced a…

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Monday, October 08, 2018

Culturally Tailored Skills-Based Intervention More Effective for Secondary-Stroke Prevention for Hispanic Patients

Although there are evidence-based interventions proven effective for reducing the incidence of a second stroke, repeat stroke is frequent, accounting for approximately 25% of all stroke. Repeat stroke…

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Exercise May Reduce Stroke Severity

In a study published in the online issue of Neurology (September 19, 2018), researchers have shown that people who exercise have lower stroke severity if and when they do experience stroke. In th…

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Friday, September 07, 2018

Neuromodulation Effective for Dysphagia in Patients Who Experience Stroke and Reduces Length of Hospital Stay

Despite improvements in stroke care and patient outcomes, approximately 16% of patients who experience a stroke have a tracheostomy and ventilatory support. Dysphagia can significantly delay removal o…

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Tuesday, September 04, 2018

New 7th Generation Mechanical Thrombectomy Device Launched by Penumbra

The Penumbra JET 7 and Penumbra JET D reperfusion catheters are no commercially available in the US, manufactured by and available from Penumbra (Alameda, CA). Both catheters are powered by the Penumb…

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Intrathecal Baclofen More Effective Than Oral Medication for Treating Pain in Patients With Poststroke Spasticity

Results from the SISTERS trial (NCT01032239) show that intrathecal administration (ITB Therapy; Medtronic, Dublin, Ireland) of baclofen (Lioresal Intrathecal; Saol Therapeutics, Roswell, GA) is a more…

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Wednesday, August 01, 2018

First Patient Enrolled in Phase 3 Study of Athersys’ Stem Cell Treatment for Patients who Experienced Ischemic Stroke

The first patient has been enrolled in a phase 3 study, MASTERS-2 (NCT03545607), which is a pivotal study that has received special protocol assessment, fast-track designation, and regenerative medici…

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Breaching the Blood-Brain Barrier: A Potential New Treatment Modality

In a small, yet groundbreaking, clinical trial, MR-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) (ExablateNeuro; Insightec, Miami FL) was used to open the blood-brain barrier (BBB) safely in 5 persons with mild-…

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Aggressive Treatment of Hypertension Promotes Healthy Brains and Hearts

Aggressive lowering of systolic blood pressure (BP) reduces the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and combined MCI and dementia. In the SPRINT trial (NCT01206062), 2 strategies for managing high…

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