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Lamar Odom Can't Recognize Family: Report

Bad news for Khloe Kardashian's husband

(Newser) - After news of Lamar Odom's "shocking" improvement , a dark turn: The former NBA player is in "rough shape" and struggles to recognize family and friends, a source tells TMZ . Worse, the source adds, doctors believe his brain has suffered major damage. Odom's estranged wife, Khloe Kardashian,... More »

Key Clinton Aide Shalala Suffers Stroke

Ex-health secretary fell ill in NYC after Clinton Global Initiative

(Newser) - Closing ceremonies for the Clinton Global Initiative had just wrapped up in Manhattan Tuesday night when Donna Shalala, the head of the Clinton Foundation, fell ill, reports the New York Times . The 74-year-old, a trusted confidante who had previously served eight years as Bill Clinton's health secretary, had suffered... More »

New Blood Pressure Study Could Save Many Lives

Researchers say our blood pressure needs to be much lower

(Newser) - Today, federal health officials announced the "potentially lifesaving" results of a major study that could reduce the overall mortality rate of the United States, the New York Times reports. The study, which looked at 9,300 people over the age of 50, found that doctors aren't aiming low... More »

Even a Little Non-Aspirin Painkiller Could Be Bad News

Risk of heart attack, stroke from NSAIDs higher than thought, even in small amounts

(Newser) - The FDA advised back in 2005 that non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs , could up the risk of heart attack and stroke. But the agency is now boosting that warning, noting that drugs like ibuprofen (often sold under the Motrin IB brand), naproxen (Aleve), and celecoxib (Celebrex) may pose a... More »

Star Trek's 'Uhura' Has Stroke

Actress Nichelle Nichols is recuperating

(Newser) - Another jolt for Star Trek fans: Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played Lt. Uhura, suffered a mild stroke last night, according to a post on her Facebook page . "She is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was," says the post. notes that Nichols,... More »

Will You Die Young? Answer May Be in Your Grasp

Grip better than blood pressure at predicting health risks: study

(Newser) - Perhaps palm readers are on to something. A massive study of some 140,000 people aged 35 to 70 in 17 countries finds the palms of a person's hands may be better than blood pressure at indicating their risk of heart attack, stroke, or an early death. Specifically, researchers... More »

Mini-Strokes Changed Caesar's Personality

Researchers say it makes more sense than epilepsy

(Newser) - Julius Caesar crumpled to the ground during the Battle of Thapsus in 46BC, and theories for the dizziness and limb weakness said to have caused that fall have ranged from epilepsy to malaria seizures and parasitic infection, the Guardian notes. But now two Imperial College London researchers have proposed his... More »

How More Than 8 Hours of Sleep Could Be Bad for You

Study ties it to increased stroke risk

(Newser) - Sleeping more than eight hours a night? That may be too much of a good thing, because you're more likely to suffer a stroke, according to a study out of the University of Cambridge. Researchers analyzed the sleep patterns of nearly 10,000 people ages 42 to 81 in... More »

More Than 2 Drinks a Day? Your Stroke Risk Is Higher

It only takes exceeding 8 ounces of wine for men and 4 for women to see the effect

(Newser) - Looking forward to kicking back a few beers during the Super Bowl? And on Saturday? And tonight? Here's some news that could give those who have more than two drinks a day on a regular basis pause. Using 43 years of data on 11,644 same-sex Swedish twins, researchers... More »

Hoping to Fend Off Dementia? First, Stand on One Leg

Japanese study finds 'low-tech' warning of future problems

(Newser) - Think you're at risk of a stroke? Then try standing on one one leg for at least 20 seconds, a new study says. Japanese researchers had nearly 1,400 women and men, with an average age of 67, try the balancing act for at least a minute—and found... More »

Roller Coaster Triggers Stroke in 4-Year-Old

He's the youngest known person to suffer a stroke from a roller-coaster ride

(Newser) - A 4-year-old boy went on a couple of roller-coaster rides during a family vacation over the summer and left the amusement park with a torn carotid artery. Doctors report in the journal Pediatric Neurology that the jerkiness and gravitational forces of the ride appear to be the culprit, and that... More »

Man Dies After Chiropractor Manipulates His Neck

Jeremy Youngblood died of a stroke after his neck was manipulated

(Newser) - Chiropractors have come under fire for increasing young people's risk of stroke before, but the recent death of a 30-year-old in Oklahoma has left physicians angry, chiropractors in a defensive crouch, and a family in mourning. Jeremy Youngblood, 30, had a stroke at a chiropractor's office in Ada... More »

Selfie Video May Have Saved a Woman's Life

Stacey Yepes knew something wasn't right, and her footage helped prove it

(Newser) - Just two days after a doctor told her she was merely stressed out, Stacey Yepes pulled over to film a selfie video because, for the third time in three days, the Canadian woman felt one side of her face go numb. The move may have saved the 49-year-old's life;... More »

Women Must Track Stroke Risk Better Than Men Do

Say the American Heart Association, American Stroke Association

(Newser) - Women need to be more vigilant about their stroke risk than their male counterparts, say new guidelines —the first geared specifically to the fairer sex. While both sexes share many risk factors (think high blood pressure, obesity, and smoking), women have an additional set all their own. Pregnancy, childbirth,... More »

For Heart Patients, Exercise as Good as Drugs

But don't chuck the pills just yet, researchers say

(Newser) - A lot of heart patients would be just as well off—and some potential stroke victims even better off—if their doctors prescribed physical activity instead of drugs, according to a new study. Researchers say they crunched the numbers from hundreds of studies involving 340,000 patients to pit medication... More »

CDC: 200K Americans Die Needlessly Each Year

From heart disease and strokes, finds new study

(Newser) - Quitting smoking, keeping blood pressure and cholesterol levels down, and popping the odd aspirin could stop hundreds of thousands of Americans from dying unnecessarily every year. That's according to a new report by the CDC, which says 200,000 heart disease and stroke deaths each year are preventable, the... More »

Randy Travis Suffers Stroke

Singer in critical condition after surgery

(Newser) - Randy Travis' health trouble took a bad turn last night when he suffered a stroke in the hospital, reports ET Online . As a result, he underwent emergency surgery to try to relieve pressure on the brain, reports CNN , quoting the singer's publicist from the Heart Hospital at Baylor Plano.... More »

Hidden Risk for Stroke Survivors: PTSD

1 in 4 stroke or mini-stroke survivors develop PTSD within one year

(Newser) - On the heels of a study linking heart attacks and PTSD comes evidence that strokes can be lumped into the mix, too. About 23% of stroke and mini-stroke patients will develop post-traumatic stress disorder within a year, while 11% battle the disorder after 12 months, according to a study published... More »

‘Dystextia': Mangled Texts Can Point to Brain Disorders

Doctors say garbled messages might be diagnostic tool

(Newser) - You might want to turn off your phone's autocorrect, because your garbled typing could save your life. Doctors are calling it "dystextia," when brain-related problems such as strokes start showing up in text messages, resulting in bizarre ones, reports Reuters . Researchers say the first documented case of... More »

Iraq's President Suffers Stroke

Medical team is trying to stabilize Jalal Talabani's condition

(Newser) - Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has had a stroke and his medical team in Baghdad is still trying to stabilize his condition, a government spokesman said today. Talabani's office earlier said the Iraqi president had been rushed to the hospital after showing signs of fatigue last night; an Iraqi Cabinet... More »

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