New vaccine shown promise in preventing secondary strokes after an ischemic stroke

New research published in journal¬†Hypertension shows that vaccine called S100A9 may be able to replace oral blood thinners to reduce the risk of secondary strokes in patients with recent¬†ischemic stroke. Japanese researchers successfully tested an experimental vaccine in mice and found that it provided protection against blood clots for more than two months without increasing… Continue reading New vaccine shown promise in preventing secondary strokes after an ischemic stroke

Understanding molecular mechanisms behind germinal matrix hemorrhage

Researchers have utilized a mouse model to determine the molecular mechanisms underlying germinal matrix hemorrhage. Nearly 12,000 premature infants born annually in the US are affected by neonatal brain hemorrhage which results in mortality and long-term morbidity. Unfortunately, no treatment exists for this condition, and the only preventive measure is steroids before birth, which has… Continue reading Understanding molecular mechanisms behind germinal matrix hemorrhage

Researchers propose video game therapy to improve mobility in stroke patients

Researchers at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL) in San Sebastian and the London Imperial College have analyzed the architecture of brain injuries in stroke patients. Based on the findings researchers propose new therapy using video games for mobility problems. The study is published in the PNAS journal. According to the BCBL… Continue reading Researchers propose video game therapy to improve mobility in stroke patients

Increased risk of cardiovascular events in HIV patients

Current methods to predict the risk of heart attack and stroke vastly underestimate the risk in individuals with HIV, which is nearly double that of the general population, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. “The actual risk of heart attack for people with HIV was roughly 50 percent higher than predicted by the risk calculator… Continue reading Increased risk of cardiovascular events in HIV patients

Research finds potential cause of chronic inflammation in diabetic patients

Inflammation is one of the main reasons why people with diabetes experience¬†heart attacks, strokes, kidney problems and other, related complications. Now, in a surprise finding, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a possible trigger of chronic inflammation. The study is available Nov. 2 as an advance online publication from… Continue reading Research finds potential cause of chronic inflammation in diabetic patients

Transplantation with induced neural stem cells (iNSC) improves stroke recovery in mice

In a study to determine whether induced neural stem cells (iNSCs), a type of somatic cell directly differentiated into neural stem cells, could exert therapeutic effects when transplanted into mice modeled with ischemic stroke, researchers found that the cells promoted survival and functional recovery. Additionally, they discovered that when administered during the acute phase of… Continue reading Transplantation with induced neural stem cells (iNSC) improves stroke recovery in mice

New MRI technique to assess stroke risk in atrial fibrillation patients by assessing blood velocity in heart

Affecting 33.5 million patients worldwide, atrial fibrillation is the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia. As if having an irregular heart beat wasn’t troubling enough, patients with atrial fibrillation are also much more likely to have a stroke. Markl, who is a professor of biomedical engineering in Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and of radiology… Continue reading New MRI technique to assess stroke risk in atrial fibrillation patients by assessing blood velocity in heart

Researchers find protein involved in death of brain cells during stroke

One particular protein is the final executioner of events that result in the death of brain cells during stroke, researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center and their collaborators report. This finding could ultimately lead to new ways to protect against brain damage. Researchers discovered that the protein, macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF), breaks the cell’s… Continue reading Researchers find protein involved in death of brain cells during stroke