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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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This anti-clot drug could reduce stroke risk too

A drug to treat bleeding may benefit some stroke patients as well, according to a study. The research, led by experts at The University of Nottingham, found that giving tranexamic acid (TXA) to people who had experienced intracerebral haemorrhage reduced the number of deaths in the early days following the stroke. It also found that both the amount of bleeding in the brain and number of associated serious complications were lower in the patients who had received the TXA treatment. However, the trial found no difference in the number of…

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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

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

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

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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