Breastfeeding might cut off stroke risk: Study

Breastfeeding might cut off stroke risk: Study

A new research has found that breastfeeding can reduce stroke risk in post-menopausal women. The study, which was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association showed 23 per cent lower risk of stroke among breastfeeding women. “Some studies have reported that breastfeeding may reduce the rates of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and risk of developing Type-2 diabetes in mothers,” said lead author Lisette T. Jacobson, Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. Recent findings point to the benefits of breastfeeding on heart disease and other…

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One in 10 stroke survivors require more help with taking medication

One in 10 stroke survivors require more help with taking medication

One in 10 stroke survivors need more help with taking medication, according to a study. According to the Stroke Associations, as many as four in ten people who have had a stroke, go on to have another one within ten years. As a second stroke carries a greater risk of disability and death than first time strokes, it is important that survivors take medicine daily to lower their risk. Half of survivors of stroke are dependent on others for everyday activities, though the proportion dependent on others for medicine taking…

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Early Periods at the Age of 13 or Younger May Put Girls at Risk of Stroke

Early Periods at the Age of 13 or Younger May Put Girls at Risk of Stroke

The onset of menstruation signals that a girl has hit her puberty. Of course, it is not an easy cycle – the whole process of menstruation, but every woman must go through it. While it makes a woman capable of giving birth to a child, on the other hand, it also brings along with it various hormonal changes which causes mood swings, abdominal pain, back ache, muscle pull, so on and so forth. There are various home remedies women can turn to for some relief, as well as resort to…

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Daily Stress May Put You at Heart Disease, Stroke Risk

Daily Stress May Put You at Heart Disease, Stroke Risk

Sounding an alarm bell for those who take unnecessary stress at workplace or at home, researchers have now linked chronic psychosocial stress with an heightened risk of developing heart disease and stroke. According to the team from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, heightened activity in the amygdala — a region of the brain involved in stress — can lead to cardiovascular disease in humans apart from established causes like smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes. Previous research has also shown that the amygdala is more active in people…

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India Urged to Take Better Initiatives at Stroke Management

India Urged to Take Better Initiatives at Stroke Management

A global meet of experts on neuro sciences — which saw over 500 participants — on Monday called upon the Indian government to increase initiatives for more awareness on brain strokes. According to them, the necessity for better awareness was more among women as in certain parts of the country women are five times more prone to stroke incidences than men. “This is attributable to the poor socio-economic status and literacy rates among women. The average age of patients with stroke in developing countries (India) is 15 years younger than…

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One Fifth of Brain Stroke Patients Aged 40 and Below

One Fifth of Brain Stroke Patients Aged 40 and Below

Neurosciences experts from around the world on Friday warned that patients with brain stroke are continuously rising in India and nearly one-fifth of patients with first-ever stroke admitted to hospitals are aged 40 years or less. Doctors participating at a three-day international meet to discuss the epidemic of stroke cases, also said that India had witnessed a extreme rise in smoking, systolic hypertension, high fasting blood glucose level, and lower high-density lipoprotein cholesterol in the population at a younger age predisposing to a stroke sooner. The first day on Friday…

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An Egg a Day May Cut Stroke Risk: Study

An Egg a Day May Cut Stroke Risk: Study

A daily dose of one egg daily – an affordable source of high quality protein – may cut the risk of suffering a stroke by 12 per cent, a new study has claimed. One large egg boasts six grammes of high-quality protein and antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, found within the egg yolk, as well as vitamins E, D and A, researchers said. Consumption of up to one egg per day had no association with coronary heart disease (CHD) and a 12 per cent reduction of stroke risk, they said. Researchers…

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Ignoring a Minor Stroke Ups Risk for More Strokes Soon After

Ignoring a Minor Stroke Ups Risk for More Strokes Soon After

People who have a minor stroke – or even a mini-stroke – are at serious risk for further strokes in the next few days, but many people delay going to the hospital because they do not recognize the symptoms, UK researchers warn. Often for these kinds of stroke, experts recommend surgery within 48 hours to unclog a major artery that supplies blood to the brain. People may not realize that vision problems can be an indicator of stroke, which can add to the delay in treatment, the researchers write in…

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Most Fatal Type of Stroke Declining Along With Smoking Rates

Most Fatal Type of Stroke Declining Along With Smoking Rates

The type of brain bleeding that causes the most lethal kind of stroke has declined substantially since 1998, possibly as a result of falling smoking rates, according to researchers in Finland. Bleeding in the space between the brain and the thin tissue covering it, known as subarachnoid hemorrhage, affects fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S. each year and represents about 10 percent of all strokes. About 50 percent of all cases die within a year, the study authors note in the journal Neurology. In Finland, however, a decline since…

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Anemia Tied to Worse Survival Odds After Stroke

Anemia Tied to Worse Survival Odds After Stroke

Some older adults with anemia may fare worse after a stroke, a study suggests, although the reason and the right treatment are still unclear. Anemia is common in older adults and has various causes, including a lack of red blood cells or low levels of hemoglobin, the proteins in red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body. When researchers analyzed data on almost 30,000 stroke patients, they found anemia associated with almost twice the risk of dying in the first year after an ischemic stroke – the most common…

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