Thursday, December 18, 2014

Positive news for new stroke treatment - clot removal

There's promising news that there's more than one way to battle a clot-related stroke. Maybe, in some circumstances, better than current medical treatment.

Read here about a study showing how clot removal proves mettle in large-vessel strokes:

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Headlines can hit or miss the story

Photo from the
National Institute on Aging
I'm a journalist by trade, and I've seen some great - and not so great - stories about strokes, research and treatment.

For instance, over the last few days, I've seen stories about a recent study about memory loss and stroke risk. The study included a portion saying that people who complain about memory loss have a higher risk of stroke. But then it gets muddy.

The researchers included three groups, by level of medication - low, medium and high. And the high group members seemed to have had a higher stroke risk. Or did they?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Post-TIA brain scans might yield vital information

Nobody likes to hear bad news - but sometimes, bad news might save a life.

Many people have transient ischemic attacks, or mini-strokes, before a larger stroke occurs. Now, imaging after a mini-stroke can help map a plan of treatment and, potentially, preventing a more serious stroke.

You can read here about how brain scans yield clues to future stroke risk:
Brain scans taken shortly after a mild stroke can help identify patients at risk of suffering another stroke within three months, a new study suggests.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Ignorance about stroke can kill or disable

If you're here, chances are you've had a stroke or know someone who had a stroke. That means you're likely more educated than most people about stroke risks, signs and the potential outcomes, both good and bad.

I ran across a couple of articles about the lack of knowledge in the United States - where this blog is based - and halfway across the globe. One article reports that more than half of Americans don’t know if they are at risk for:
Despite the prevalence and potential severity of stroke, many Americans still don’t know the risk factors or signs of a stroke. About one third of Americans are unable to recall the warning signs of a stroke, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Nearly 60 percent of Americans don’t know if they are at risk for the disease, the American Stroke Association (ASA) said.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Post 700: '...there is no failure'

Inside the will of God there is no failure. Outside the will of God there is no success.
I ran across this quote not long ago. Now, I don't pretend to know all there is to know about God's will. Yet, this quote strikes me as true.

Today's posting is No. 700 on this blog. And I would hazard a guess that at least a time or two, I've had some success. Those times with positive responses, both public and private. The posts that were personally therapeutic.

My personal prayer with Post 700 is to move upward to success - not necessarily as people see it, but as God sees it.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Better speed to stroke treatment

More evidence that mobile stroke treatment can result in better outcomes. Just read about a recent study indicating that a mobile unit speeds access to tPA:
Nearly one-third of (32.6%) ischemic stroke patients who were transported in the special ambulance received thrombolysis, compared with 22% of patients who received conventional care ..., reported researcher Martin Ebinger, MD, of the Charite-Universitatsmedizin in Berlin, and colleagues.
Hospital transport ... increased the number of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) treatments within the critical window of 1 hour (the "golden hour") from symptom onset almost 10-fold, they wrote online in JAMA Neurology.
Golden-hour thrombolysis was associated with better short-term outcomes in the study population, they added.
Read the whole article for details for a way to improve the application of this treatment and improved versions in the future.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

'... Only God is here.'

Here then I am, far from the busy ways of men. I sit down alone; only God is here.
John Wesley
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Today, I'm thankful of my times alone with God. Much of mine don't involving sitting, but rather running. In most places, there are lots of opportunities to run in groups. As a longtime runner, though, I like to run alone.

But not really alone. That's the time when I am away from the "busy ways of men" and find myself with God. When I pray, when I praise, when I worship. There are other times I do all these things, but today, I give thanks for those times when I'm alone with God.

 Have you found your times when you can sit down alone with only God? If so, when is that time? And if not - try it!