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Pulmonary embolism with floating right atrial thrombus successfully treated with streptokinase: a case report.

Massive pulmonary embolism (PE) is associated with significant mortality, especially if compounded by haemodynamic instability, right ventricular (RV) dysfunction and right atrial (RA) thrombus…

Treatment of Wide-Necked, Small Aneurysms With Pipeline Stent Results in High Occlusion Rates

By Alex Morrisson HOUSTON, Tex — February 28, 2017 — A new stent device makes it possible to protect patients found to have small to medium-sized wide-mouth brain aneurysms that have not ruptured, researchers reported here at the 2017 International Stroke Conference (ISC). After 1 year,…

Risk of Subsequent Malignancies Reduced Among Childhood Cancer Survivors

CHICAGO — February 28, 2017 — Although the risk of subsequent malignancies for survivors of childhood cancer diagnosed in the 1990s remains increased, the risk is lower compared with those diagnosed in the 1970s — a decrease that is associated with a reduction in therapeutic radiation dose,…

Increased Incidence Subdural Haematoma Linked to Increased Use of Anti-Clotting Drugs

CHICAGO — February 28, 2017 — An increased incidence in Denmark of subdural haematoma from 2000 to 2015 appears to be associated with the increased use of antithrombotic drugs, such as low-dose aspirin, vitamin K antagonists (VKAs), clopidogrel, and oral anticoagulants, according to a study…

Inactivity, Excess Weight Linked to Hard-to-Treat Heart Failure

DALLAS, Tex — February 28, 2017 — Lack of exercise and excessive weight are strongly associated with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). “Previous studies have consistently found an…

Neuroprotective Antibody Shows No Significant Impact on Walking After a Stroke

By Alex Morrisson HOUSTON, Tex — February 28, 2017 — An attempt to use an antibody to protect against nerve damage and improve patients’ walking ability after a stroke did not appear to improve outcomes, according to a study presented here at the 2017 International Stroke Conference (ISC)….

Patent Foramen Ovale Closure Device Shows Long-Term Benefit vs Medical Management in Stroke Prevention

By Alex Morrisson HOUSTON, Tex — February 28, 2017 — After a decade of follow-up, the use of patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure device appears to reduce the risk of stroke recurrence significantly better than medical treatment alone, according to a study presented here at the 2017 International…

Parkinson’s Disease May Have Link to Stroke

DALLAS, Tex — February 28, 2017 — Parkinson’s disease may be linked to stroke, much like Alzheimer’s disease and stroke are linked, according to research presented at the 2017 International Stroke Conference (ISC). To see if an association exists between stroke and Parkinson’s disease, Benjamin…

Taking Influenza Drugs During Pregnancy Does Not Increase Risk of Adverse Neonatal Outcomes

LONDON — March 1, 2017 — A study published by the BMJ finds no increased risks to newborn babies if their mothers have taken drugs to prevent or treat influenza during pregnancy. This is the largest study to date to assess potential risks of taking antiviral drugs during pregnancy and the…

Wireless Stimulation May Ease Migraine Pain as Well as Drugs

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn — March 1, 2017 — A wireless patch that you wear on your arm may help reduce migraine pain as well as drugs, according to a study published in the March 1, 2017, online issue of the journal Neurology. “These results need to be confirmed with additional studies, but they are…

Ultrasound-Guided Aspiration of Symptomatic Baker’s Cysts Reduces Pain

By Jill Stein VIENNA, Austria — March 1, 2017 — Aspiration of Baker’s cysts under ultrasound and fluoroscopic guidance followed by a therapeutic injection of methylprednisolone and bupivacaine reduces symptoms in most patients, according to a study presented here at the 2017 Annual European…