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External link Behavior Interventions Help Stroke Victims
According to a study appearing in the journal Stroke, "a nurse-led behavioral intervention can reduce the incidence of depression in stroke survivors." The intervention that was tested is called Living Well with Stroke. It provides "individualized counseling sessions aimed at increasing pleasant social interactions and physical activity as a way to elevate mood, and was designed to be used alone or in conjunction with antidepressant medications."
External link Estrogen May Help Prevent Stroke Damage Exit Disclaimer
Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia believe that doses of estrogen may reduce the likelihood of damage after a stroke, by inactivating proteins.
External link Genetic Clues May Reveal Hypertension Causes
NIH researchers believe they may have found genetic markers in African Americans that are leading to higher rates of hypertension.
External link Exercise Curbs Stroke Effects Exit Disclaimer
In the Oct. 21 issue of Neurology, researchers found that people who had some sort of physical activity before having a stroke, were less likely to have a severe stroke and more likely to have a better recovery.
External link Movement restored to Paralyzed Limbs
Research funded by NIH has shown that monkeys’ muscles have been stimulated to produce movement through a direct artificial connection even after their arms have been numbed.
External link Social Smoking Affects Arteries Exit Disclaimer
In a study from the University of Georgia, researchers tested the arteries of young people who smoke occasionally, less than a pack per week and had not smoked two days prior to the study. Using an ultrasound, they found that occasional smokers’ arteries were 36 percent less responsive to changes in blood flow compared to the arteries of nonsmokers. After smoking two cigarettes, the occasional smokers’ arteries were 24 percent less responsive than before the cigarette, showing that even occasional smokers may have a higher risk for cardiovascular diseases than they believe.
External link Viagra’s Added Benefits Exit Disclaimer
Researchers at Queen’s University are looking to isolate an enzyme in Viagra, a drug that treats erectile dysfunction and its related cause, pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs), in order to prevent platelets in certain areas from building up and possibly causing a heart attack or stroke.
External link Healing the Effects of Stroke Exit Disclaimer
Researchers at Loyola University are studying ways to return mobility to people who have experienced debilitating strokes up to days and months after the incident. Trials of Nogo-A treatments, which jumpstarts nerve fibers in the brain and was developed for victims of spinal cord injuries, are expected to begin in 2012.

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