Stem cells… a breakthrough… I mean a huge one next.
Researchers use stem cells to restore motor function in stroke patients
Ariana Cha writing in the Washington Post reported that scientists “studying the effect of stem cells injected directly into the brains of stroke patients said…that they were ‘stunned’ by the extent to which the experimental treatment restored motor function in some of the patients.” Although the study “involved only 18 patients and was designed primarily to look at the safety of such a procedure and not its effectiveness, it is creating significant buzz in the neuroscience community because the results appear to contradict a core belief about brain damage – that it is permanent and irreversible.” The findings were published in Stroke.
Arthritis patients are taking too many painkillers – raising their risk of internal bleeding, heart attack and stroke
Lizzie Parry writing for MailOnline reported arthritis patients in the UK are risking their health by taking too many painkillers, scientists have warned.
A new study found almost one in five sufferers are taking two anti-inflammatories to manage their condition, putting themselves at risk of side effects including gastric bleeds, heart attack and stroke.
The research found 97 percent of patients with osteoarthritis had restricted movement – and more than seven out of 10 had reduced mobility, with some almost unable to move at all.
Those afflicted by the condition struggle with everyday activities including walking, climbing the stairs and taking part in sports.
Comment: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have risks. Be forewarned.
Calcium Supplements Linked To Increased Risk Of Death From Heart Disease In Men.
Nnci Hellich writing in USA Today reported on a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine that showed ” high intake of calcium from supplements is correlated with an increased risk of death from
heart disease, such as heart attacks, for men, but not for women.” According to the study’s lead author Qian Xiao, of the National Cancer Institute, “Although we observed an increased risk of death from heart disease in men, we cannot say for sure that it was a result of using supplements containing calcium.” Xiao added, “We need more studies to clarify this possible relationship and the underlying mechanisms.”
Comment: Eyebrow lifting a bit. I wonder why? Is this for real?
Moderate To Intense Exercise May Reduce Risk Of Silent Strokes
Janice Lloyd writing in USA Today reported, “Older people who regularly exercise at moderate to intense levels may have a 40% lower risk of developing brain damage linked to ischemic strokes, certain kinds of dementia, and mobility problems,” according to a study published in the journal Neurology. The study found that “the MRIs of people who exercised at higher levels were significantly less likely to evidence of stroke. But, “regular light exercise… did not appear to decrease the risk for stroke.”