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Stroke patients should have access to robust palliative care, American Heart Association urges in first-of-its-kind statement

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Stroke survivors have "enormous" palliative care needs, and healthcare providers should ensure they can provide these services, according to a scientific statement released Friday by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Flu shot cuts stroke risk 24%

Flu shot cuts stroke risk 24%

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People who are vaccinated against the flu are 24% less likely to suffer a stroke during that flu season, say British researchers who analyzed records of nearly 50,000 patients.

Flu vaccine cuts stroke risk by nearly 25%, researchers say

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People who are vaccinated against the seasonal influenza are 24% less likely to suffer a stroke during that flu season, according to recently published research out of the United Kingdom.

'Virtual hands' take stroke rehabilitation into a new realm, researchers believe

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3-D glasses soon might be seen in long-term care facilities as well as movie theaters, thanks to a potential breakthrough in stroke rehabilitation. Stroke survivors in a study successfully used a virtual reality system to activate parts of their brain linked to motor skills, researchers recently announced.

Stroke survivors unaware of therapy options for spastic muscles, survey finds

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Many stroke survivors don't know about the therapy options that can address spastic muscles, which is a common and often disabling condition, according to a recent survey.

Strokes drastically reduce quality of life, showing need for better care systems, researchers say

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The system of post-stroke care warrants increased attention in light of a study showing people have poor quality of life in the years following a stroke, according to researchers.

All stroke patients should have access to rehabilitation, skilled nursing care: American Heart Association

All stroke patients should have access to rehabilitation, skilled nursing care: American Heart Association

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Every person who has a stroke should have access to needed rehabilitation and skilled nursing services regardless of how they are financing their healthcare, according to a new policy recommendation from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

Treatable attention disorders in stroke patients are often undiagnosed, study finds

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Many stroke survivors have undiagnosed attention-related disorders that could be treated with therapy, according to newly published research.

Tough problem, simple message: PTSD, stroke and long-term care

Tough problem, simple message: PTSD, stroke and long-term care

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By now you may have heard: One in four stroke survivors develops post-traumatic stress disorder. "Only now are we starting to see that this is a serious problem," a lead researcher told me this week. And it's not just a problem related to stroke. It's time to admit it: We need better treatment for these people.

Post-stroke care should be 'uniform' across age groups, study finds

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Post-stroke treatments can benefit older people as much as younger ones, according to recently published research from the University of Georgia.

Diabetes research ignores older people, study finds

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Far too few clinical trials are focused on seniors with diabetes, according to an analysis recently published in the journal Diabetologia.

Left brain language function is linked to better post-stroke recovery from aphasia, researchers find

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After a stroke, adults rely on their left hemisphere to preserve language function or recovery, new research suggests. This discovery could open up new rehabilitation strategies, researchers say.

Stroke or dizziness? Bedside test can tell

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A bedside device that measures eye movements could become a standard way of determining if extreme dizziness is being caused by a stroke, researchers say.

Enzyme test could reveal who will need long-term care after one type of stroke, researchers say

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By testing for particular molecules in cerebrospinal fluid, doctors can identify who is most likely to need long-term care following a subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) stroke, according to researchers.

A study that may never be done — but should

A study that may never be done — but should

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Government agencies and lobbyists are famous for conducting studies that prove a point — theirs, namely. That's why I'll be very interested to see who will have the courage to conduct one of the most important long-term care-related studies that should be completed over the coming year.

Rising Alzheimer's toll presents an opportunity for vendors

Deaths linked to Alzheimer's disease have increased in the last decade while those for stroke, breast cancer and HIV have dropped, said researchers calling for more funding for the memory-robbing disease.

Bedside device accurately determines if extremely dizzy people are having a stroke, researchers find

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A bedside device that measures eye movements could become a standard way of determining if extreme dizziness is being caused by a stroke, researchers say.

Tuesdays with Kathy

Tuesdays with Kathy

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Amour isn't just a movie about an elderly couple. It also thoughtfully provokes questions about how families interact when confronted with long-term care situations. It also raises questions for caregivers.

Intra-arterial clot therapy does not lead to higher rate of independent living, researchers determine

Clot-busting devices administered through the artery do not improve victims' chances of living independently after a stroke, according to research published Thursday.

Quick treatment after transient ischemic attacks could prevent many strokes, researchers document

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Seniors who suffer transient ischemic attacks, or mini-strokes, are at greatly heightened risk for experiencing a full-blown stroke soon after and should seek treatment quickly. That's according to recently published research from neurologists at Chicago's Loyola University Medical Center.

Loopholes to help you track Medicare Part B therapy billing

Loopholes to help you track Medicare Part B therapy billing

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Every time we send our patients to the hospital for rehab-related tests, exams or services, these services are billed to Medicare Part B, and, therefore, reduce our cap allowances. Any small oversights could have major impacts on our ability to successfully track therapy cap levels. Here's some help.

New stroke guidelines stress fast treatment, involvement of caregivers outside hospital

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Rapid treatment and vigilant, trained post-acute care providers allow the damage caused by strokes to be minimized, according to guidelines released Thursday by the American Stroke Association.

Long-time aphasia sufferers speak fluidly with help of iPod touch

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Those who have experienced Broca's aphasia for decades can speak more fluidly through therapy that involves mimicking other speakers, according to study results published in the journal Brain.

CDC: Mortality rates for top five causes of death fell between 2010 and 2011

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Rates for five of the top 15 causes of death have fallen significantly over the past year, though overall lifespan has stayed the same, a government analysis found.

Sojourn takes top Dignity Award in 2012 McKnight's Technology Awards

Sojourn takes top Dignity Award in 2012 McKnight's Technology Awards

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Sojourn Senior Living, based in Illinois, combined a driving simulator and joystick that allowed a resident to operate a motorized wheelchair.

Seniors with untreated sleep apnea have higher risk of cardiovascular death, study finds

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Seniors with untreated obstructive sleep apnea have a higher risk for dying from a cardiovascular problem, according to a new Spanish study.

Shift workers at higher risk for stroke, heart attack, study finds

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Shift workers, especially those working overnight, are at a higher risk for having a stroke or heart attack, an analysis finds.

Therapy robots a success with recovering stroke victims, research finds

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An experimental "socially assistive" robot has been shown to get better results in elderly rehabilitation patients than human therapists, preliminary research finds.

Statins could lower atrial fibrillation risk in seniors with hypertension, research suggests

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Cholesterol lowering medications known as statins might help prevent new-onset atrial fibrillation in elderly adults with hypertension, a new study reports.

Risk factors for hospital readmission following a stroke identified, researchers say

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Three key factors can help determine which patients receiving inpatient rehabilitation following a stroke are at a higher risk for being readmitted to the hospital, a new study finds.

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