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Behavioral factors can raise stroke risk

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a number of factors can put people at higher risk for a stroke.

While medical conditions can increase that risk, lifestyle factors play a role as well.

For example, use of birth control pills can increase the risk of blood clots that lead to stroke – as can pregnancy itself.

But a number of studies show that pills with the synthetic hormone drospirenone can ...

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Stem cells appear to aid stroke recovery

Researchers in Bolivia have announced that rats injected with stem cells recovered from strokes more quickly, and their findings have potential for treating human stroke victims.

According to a BBC story, current best practice for stroke treatment is to treat many patients with “clot-busting” drugs in the first hour after a stroke has taken place, commonly referred to as the “golden hour.”

The most common types of strokes are caused by a blockage ...

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Medical conditions can trigger stroke

While it’s impossible to predict exactly who will suffer a stroke, medical experts have identified a number of risk factors.

Among them are use of alcohol or tobacco, long periods of physical inactivity, pregnancy and use of birth control pills. Although all birth control pills can increase the risk of blood clots that trigger strokes, a number of studies indicate that pills with the compound drospirenone can read more.... --> continue reading...

Doctor wrongly excluded from Yaz panel

A physician affiliated with public health watchdog group Public Citizen released a statement on Dec. 6, 2011, regarding his removal from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee meeting to discuss the risk of blood clots from the Yasmin line of birth control pills.

Dr. Sidney Wolfe M.D., is director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. He was originally supposed to be part ...

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Mirena lawsuit filed

A Pennsylvania woman has filed a federal lawsuit against Bayer over complaints that the German drugmaker failed to provide adequate warning of health risks associated with its contraceptive Mirena, Bloomberg reports.

Mirena is an intrauterine device that prevents pregnancy for as long as five years. According to the lawsuit that Tricia Prendergast filed in Philadelphia, Bayer doesn’t warn that it can become embedded in the body or cause an ectopic pregnancy. Prendergast claims she required surgery to remove the ...

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Pharmaceutical industry influences medical policy

The American Psychiatric Association recently voted to drop its old recommendation against diagnosing depression in the bereaved, which the Washington Post noted could be a financial bonanza for antidepressant manufacturers.

But according to an investigation by the Post, the committee that drafted the new diagnostic guidelines was composed largely of people with financial links to the pharmaceutical industry.

A story in the Post says officials with the Institute of Medicine argue that such ...

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