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Stroke treatments in the future could be significantly better than they are now, thanks to research that has found a new way to safely remove clots in patients.

Doctors currently treat stroke by using an infusion which removes the blood clots by dissolving them. However, patients who are given this treatment stand a risk of swelling in the brain and excessive bleeding.  In addition, patients must receive the infusion within three hours of suffering the stroke for the treatment to be effective.

However, researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston are using a drug combination that will potentially improve outcomes for stroke patients. The researchers conducted tests on mice, and found that when the mice were given the new treatment, there was a drop in bleeding levels, lowered swelling in the brain, and limited brain damage, compared to animals that were not given the treatment.

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According to a new study, younger persons are at an increasingly higher risk of suffering a stroke.

The research was recently conducted by researchers at the Loyola University Medical Center, and the findings have been reported in the American Academy of Neurology. According to the study, approximately 15% of the most common types of strokes in the United States now occur in young adults. Even more worrying is the fact that many young people who were not considered a high-risk category for strokes earlier are now showing risk factors for such strokes.

Approximately 85% of all strokes reported in the United States every year are ischemic strokes, caused by a block of blood flow to the brain. The number of young people who now show risk factors for ischemic strokes has increased, including diabetes, obesity, hypertension or high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels. In addition, younger persons often times engage in unhealthy activities such as smoking, which can also increase the risk.

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According to research recently published by the University of Michigan Health System, persons who have suffered a traumatic brain injury are at a much greater risk of suffering a stroke later in life, compared to those who have no history of brain injury.

The research was conducted on people with an average age of 49.2 years. Researchers found that persons who had suffered a traumatic brain injury earlier in life had a much higher risk of suffering an ischemic stroke, which occurs when there is a severe lack of blood flow to the brain. Ischemic strokes can leave a person with devastating and lifelong health issues, and even permanent disability. In fact, stroke is one of the major causes of long-term disability among American adults.

The outlook after a stroke is not entirely bleak, and as many as 70% of survivors of a stroke can expect to regain some degree of functional independence. However, roughly 30% of persons who suffer a stroke remain permanently disabled, and may suffer symptoms such as full or partial paralysis, language problems, cognitive difficulties, and sensory disturbances.

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New research being conducted by researchers at the University of Connecticut Health Center is focusing on strategies to prevent the catastrophic effects of stroke. As any Atlanta disability lawyer knows, in most cases of stroke, the person does not die immediately, but may suffer from catastrophic consequences that can have a devastating impact on the rest of his life.

In many cases, persons with stroke are left with severe physical and mental disabilities that even prevent them from being able to care for themselves, or perform routine tasks every day. In many cases, patients need long-term and even lifelong assistance, because they lose their ability to move their limbs for minor functions. In some cases, patients are not even able to get themselves out of bed.

Another major effect of stroke is the effect on speech centers in the brain. Many patients who have suffered a stroke cannot speak any more, and others who have suffered a stroke may have slurred speech. What is worse is that the number of people who suffer and survive a stroke is expected to grow with an increase in the senior population in the country.

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According to new research, persons who have suffered a stroke have a much higher risk of suffering suicidal thoughts. The study was presented recently at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference. The report presented found that nearly 8% of stroke survivors had suicidal thoughts or suicidal fantasies.

There are currently about 6.2 million survivors of stroke living inside the United States. According to earlier research, a significant number of these survivors do experience depression after the stroke. In fact, earlier studies have found that as many as one third of persons who have suffered a stroke suffer from symptoms of depression after a stroke, and the depression automatically leads to poorer outcomes for these patients.

However, this is the first time that research has actually focused on the risk of suicidal thoughts and suicidal fantasies among stroke survivors. The main aim of the study was to determine exactly how many survivors seriously contemplate suicide.