US Senate candidate, John Fetterman, who suffered a stroke earlier this year, has been criticized by the opposition for his performance in recent broadcasts and in this week's debate. Following his stroke, Fetterman developed aphasia, auditory processing, and speech issues which have led some to question his fitness for office. While aphasia and auditory processing disorders can make the speech of sufferers difficult to understand, they do not imply cognitive impairments. Researchers shed light on aphasia and stroke recovery, reporting auditory processing symptoms as a result of stroke do not alter one's intelligence, behavior, or other executive abilities.
Gabapentin, a medication commonly prescribed to control seizure activity, may enhance stroke recovery and restore fine motor function, a new study reports.
A new long-term study reveals people who followed diets that were high in plant-based food items and were lower in sugars had a 10% reduced risk of suffering from an ischemic stroke later in life.
A new online tool can help individuals determine their risk of ischemic stroke. Preliminary findings from those who used the tool report a strong association between metabolic syndrome and ischemic stroke risk was in white women.
A new case study reveals a link between COVID-19 and clotting in blood vessels in the brain that results in an increased risk of ischemic stroke. Five of the six cases included in the study suffered an ischemic stroke within 8-24 days of the onset of coronavirus symptoms. Early use of anticoagulants might help reduce the risk of blood clotting and stroke in patients with COVID-19.
Several infections have been linked to increased risk of ischemic stroke. The strongest link was found between urinary tract infections, which increased stroke risk by more than three times within 30 days of infection.
Sphenopalatine ganglion stimulation increased cerebral blood flow, stabilized the blood-brain barrier and reduced infarct size in preclinical models of ischemic stroke. The stimulation also showed benefit in randomized human trials and improved functional outcomes.
Listening to music was associated with improvements in memory and cognition while participating in mindfulness improved mood in patients who recently suffered an ischemic stroke. Researchers believe combining the two approaches may enhance both cognition and mood in patients early post-stroke.