Study finds Increased Rate of Younger People having Strokes

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(Best Syndication News) - Strokes are happening more often at a younger age, according to a new study. The researchers published their findings in the October 10, 2012 online issue of Neurology.

Study author, Brett Kissela, MD, MS, with the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine in Ohio and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, suggests that the increasing stroke numbers in younger people may be related to diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol. Another reason may be from improved MRI imaging, which could lead to a better diagnosis for stroke.

Reduced Risk of Stroke from eating Tomatoes

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers found that people who had the highest levels of lycopene in their blood had a 55 percent reduced risk for stroke compared to those who had the lowest levels. Tomatoes contain an abundant amount of lycopene, which is an antioxidant. The study results were published in the October 9, 2012 print edition of Neurology.

The research involved 1,031 men from Finland between 46 and 65 years of age. The men were followed for an average of 12 years. At the start of the study, their blood levels of lycopene were measured. Over the duration of the study, 67 men suffered a stroke.

Elderly Women’s Brains function better with Daily Low Dose Aspirin Regimen

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(Best Syndication News) - Brain function declined less in elderly women who took a daily low-dose aspirin. These women, who were also at a high risk for heart disease, had less mental decline compared to women who did not take the daily aspirin. The study results were published in the online journal BMJ Open.

The researchers suggest that inflammation associated with heart disease may also influence the way the brain ages.

In the study, 681 women between 70 and 92 were investigated. Out of these women, 601 were at a high risk for having heart disease or a stroke. Their risk was at a 10 percent rate or higher, based on the Framingham scale.

TIA ‘Mini’ stroke could lead to Serious Disability

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that a transient ischemic attack (TIA) could develop into a serious disability in the first 90 days of the event. TIA or “mini” strokes are often considered too mild to treat. The study was published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Coutts, M.D., lead author of the study at Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, said that TIA and minor stroke patients are at a significant risk for becoming disabled and that patients should be imaged earlier and more aggressive treatments with thromboloysis should be used if a blockage is seen.

Weight Loss Pill Qsymia gains FDA Approval

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(Best Syndication News) - A new weight loss pill, Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate), was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today. Taking phentermine and topiramate weight-loss medication along with a diet and exercise program could help a person lose weight.

The drug was approved for adults that have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. Additionally, adults with a BMI of 27 or more who have either high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol are also approved to take the medication.

Qsymia is made up of two other FDA approved medications – phentermine and topiramate. Qsymia is an extended release formulation. The short-term weight loss is associated with taking phentermine. Topiramate was initially given to people with epilepsy for seizures, and to prevent migraine headaches.

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