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Benefits of PFO Closure Confirmed in Publication of Trial Data

Friday, September 15, 2017—Recently published data in The New England Journal of Medicine from three different studies show that closing a patent foramen ovale (PFO) significantly reduces the rate of re…

Stroke Rates Decreasing Among Men, Steady in Women

Thursday, August 10, 2017—Although stroke incidence rates are dropping overall, new findings suggest that those decreases are only seen in men. In a new study published in Neurology (published online A…

Dysport Approved for Lower Limb Spasticity

Thursday, June 22, 2017—The FDA has expanded the indication of Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA, Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals) to include lower limb spasticity. In a Phase 3 study, adult patients treated with…

Endovascular Intervention Found Effective for "Late Window" Stroke Patients: DAWN Trial Analysis

Tuesday, May 16, 2017—The window for reducing disability and improving functional independence in stroke patients receiving endovascular therapy could extend as far as 24 hours, according to prelim…

Elevated B2M Levels Tied to Ischemic Stroke Risk in Women

Friday, May 12, 2017—β2-microglobulin (B2M) levels may be an indicator of ischemic stroke risk in women, according to new findings published in Neurology (May 10). Investigators performed a n…

AAN 2017 Meeting: Racial and Regional Disparities Identified in Endovascular Care Delivery

Friday, April 28, 2017—Access to endovascular care is significantly impacted by factors such as race, region, and hospital, according to findings presented this week at the American Academy of Neuro…

Stroke Hospitalization Rates and Risk Factors Increasing in Young Adults

Monday, April 17, 2017—Rates of acute ischemic stroke are increasing in young adults, new findings suggest (JAMA Neurology, April 10). Investigators analyzed stroke hospitalization rates as well as …

ISC 2017: Exercise Significantly Improves Cognitive Impairment After Stroke

Thursday, February 23, 2017—New research presented at the ongoing International Stroke Conference 2017 suggests that structured exercise training can significantly improve brain function in stroke surviv…


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