- Actor Tim Curry is said to be upbeat and talking following a major stroke.
- Artificial sources of light fool our brains into staying awake, says one sleep researcher.
- While the aging American population experiences more of the potentially deadly and debilitating condition of stroke, treatment costs are on the rise.
- A survey taken by the Stroke Association in the UK claims the "emotional effects felt by stroke victims are as devastating as the physical effects."
- Cutting-edge technology called Functional Electrical Stimulation, or FES, helped Wes Schlauch recover after a stroke that paralyzed half his body.
- Current guidelines for stroke prevention tend to overlook the potential role of depression.
- Researchers suggest middle-aged people who moderately exercise have a better chance of lowering heart failure risk.
- A new study debunks previous claims that a woman's removal of her uterus puts her at greater risk of cardiovascular problems.
- African-Americans have more strokes than other races or ethnic groups, but are less likely to use emergency services. A University of Michigan study explores the reasons.
- A new Institute of Medicine report found that low dietary sodium may have negative health consequences. Nonetheless, 97 percent of children and adolescents eat too much salt, according to the American Heart Association.
- A survey of fast-food restaurants and processed food in grocery stores revealed that sodium levels are mostly rising or staying the same.
- An analysis of laboratory data from Quest Diagnostics shows that a decades-long decline in low-density lipoprotein, also known as bad cholesterol, came to a halt.
A stroke is the rapid loss of brain function(s) due to disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. This can be due to ischemia (lack of blood flow) caused by blockage, or a hemorrhage. As a result, the affected area of the brain cannot function, which might result in an inability to move one or more limbs on one side of the body, inability to understand or formulate speech, or an inability to see one side of the visual field.