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Tennessee Department of Health says Wearing Helmets Saves Lives and Money

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – Traumatic brain injury can occur as a result of any head injury. Whether it is a fall from a bicycle or a motorcycle crash, a sports concussion or a head trauma to one of our brave veterans from an explosion on the battlefield, the delicate brain can suffer significant after affects.

Many of these injuries can be prevented. During observances of Brain Injury Awareness Month, the Department of Health is reminding Tennesseans of the importance of wearing helmets while riding motorcycles and bicycles to help prevent brain injuries. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association says consistent blood pressure control may cut rate of second stroke in half

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Stroke survivors who consistently control their blood pressure may reduce the likelihood of a second stroke by more than half, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

For the study, researchers analyzed the results from the Vitamin Intervention for Stroke Prevention (VISP) trial, which enrolled 3,680 ischemic stroke patients ages 35 and older in 1996-2003.

Blood Pressure Check. (American Heart Association)

Blood Pressure Check. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association reports Early Strokes leave many young adults with long-lasting disability

 

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American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – One-third of people who survive a stroke before age 50 are unable to live independently or need assistance with daily activities 10 years after their stroke, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

About 10 percent of strokes occur in 18- and 50-year-olds.

“Even if patients seem relatively well recovered with respect to motor function, there may still be immense ‘invisible’ damage that leads to loss of independence,” said Frank-Erik de Leeuw, Ph.D., senior author of the study and associate professor of neurology at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center in the Netherlands. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Stroke Association says there’s an alternative test better at finding potentially dangerous holes in the Heart

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationSan Diego, CA – An alternative test for measuring blood flow to the brain detected a potentially dangerous hole within the heart of some patients with an unexplained stroke better than a standard test, according to late-breaking science presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.

In addition, the transcranial Doppler test could differentiate the risk of future stroke or transient ischemic attack as related to the severity of the defect. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association says ‘Virtual reality hands’ may help stroke survivors recover hand function

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – “Virtual reality hands” — controlled by stroke survivors’ thoughts — could help them recover use of their hands and arms, according to a small study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013.

“Using a brain-computer interface, we’ve created an environment where people who may be too physically impaired to move can practice mental imagery to help regain use of their arms and hands,” said Alexander Doud, M.S., lead author. «Read the rest of this article»

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Alzheimer’s Association to continue to Advocate for Coverage of Diagnostic Tool Following CMS Announcement

 

Alzheimer s Association Statement

Alzheimer's AssociationChicago, IL – The Alzheimer’s Association is disappointed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) draft coverage decision on brain amyloid imaging, particularly given the clear, scientific consensus recommendations provided to CMS by the Association and the Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) regarding appropriate, limited coverage, only in specific populations.

The Alzheimer’s Association understands that CMS’ evaluation of the impact of brain amyloid imaging on health outcomes is ongoing, however the needs of Alzheimer’s community are acute. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association says early brain stimulation may help Stroke Survivors recover language function

 

Survivors treated with the technique regained more language function than those who did not get treatment.

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Non-invasive brain stimulation may help stroke survivors recover speech and language function, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Between 20 percent to 30 percent of stroke survivors have aphasia, a disorder that affects the ability to grasp language, read, write or speak. It’s most often caused by strokes that occur in areas of the brain that control speech and language. Tennessee is in the middle of the “stroke belt” of the nation, with a high rate of stroke, and this disorder affects many Tennessee stroke victims.

Stimulating brain may help stroke survivors recover language function.

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American Heart Association says eating more fiber may lower risk of first-time stroke

 

The results reinforce the importance of a diet that includes at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX - Eating more fiber may decrease your risk of first-time stroke, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Dietary fiber is the part of the plant that the body doesn’t absorb during digestion. Fiber can be soluble, which means it dissolves in water, or insoluble.

Eating more fiber may lower risk of first-time stroke

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Clarksville Academy introduces new Polar Cardio GX Training System

 

Clarksville AcademyClarksville, TN – Clarksville Academy continues to lead in enriching the education for today’s students with the use of technology. CA’s recent addition is the Polar Cardio GX Training System, which tracks and provides feedback for individual fitness performance via an electronic sensor.

Each student wears a sensor, built into an adjustable belt that is worn just below the chest. The feedback from the sensor is delivered by Bluetooth connection to the student and teacher’s iPad or Macbook.

Junior Connor Wise, Sophomores Josh Anderson & Jacob Morton work hard during spring conditioning at Clarksville Academy.  The Polar GX Cardio band monitors their progress as the workout intensifies.

Junior Connor Wise, Sophomores Josh Anderson & Jacob Morton work hard during spring conditioning at Clarksville Academy. The Polar GX Cardio band monitors their progress as the workout intensifies.

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New American Stroke Association guidelines: People having stroke should get therapy within 60 minutes of hospital arrival

 

Quality improvement programs addressing stroke care should be organized in all stroke centers.

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – People having an ischemic stroke should receive clot-dissolving therapy – if appropriate — within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital, according to new American Stroke Association guidelines published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Ischemic stroke, which accounts for nine in 10 strokes, is caused by a blood clot in the arteries leading to the brain. Calling 9-1-1 immediately after recognizing any of the warning signs of stroke — and getting  to a stroke center as fast as possible — are still the most important steps for optimal stroke care. «Read the rest of this article»

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