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Editorial Stroke —acting FAST at all ages

On Feb 1, Public Health England released new estimates for the incidence of first stroke in England and relaunched its Act FAST campaign. FAST is aimed at the public, encouraging them to call 999 —the UK's emergency number—if there are tell-tale signs of stroke in themselves or anyone they see. FAST stands for face, arms, speech, and time (to call). The new estimates showed that about 57 000 new strokes and 32 000 stroke-related deaths occur every year in England. Of those who have e xperienced a stroke, about a quarter leave hospital with moderate or severe disability.
Source: LANCET - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Editorial Source Type: research

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Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Stroke Neuroscience Disability Health Source Type: news
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Source: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice - Category: Endocrinology Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology : JVIR - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Standards of Practice Source Type: research
Publication date: 21 February 2018 Source:The Lancet, Volume 391, Supplement 2 Author(s): Amir Abukaresh, Rami Al-Abadlah, Bettina Böttcher, Khamis El-Essi Background In the 2014 Palestinian annual health report, cerebrovascular accident was ranked as the third leading cause of death in the occupied Palestinian territory. Cerebrovascular accident is also one the most common causes of disability worldwide. Good management decreases mortality and morbidity. The aim of this study was to assess the current management of patients with ischaemic stroke at the Al-Shifa Hospital and to compare this with international guideli...
Source: The Lancet - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: PMandR - Category: Rehabilitation Source Type: research
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Source: Nephrology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 21 February 2018 Source:Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska Author(s): Simona Lattanzi, Mauro Silvestrini Posterior circulation stroke accounts for approximately 20% of all ischaemic strokes. Acute basilar artery occlusion (BAO) is one of the most severe conditions, it is associated with death or major disability in more than three quarters of the cases, and its optimal management remains unestablished. Currently, the treatment is based primarily upon consensus, the clinical practice varies widely, and the actual benefit of mechanical thrombectomy has to be fully estimated. Although the r...
Source: Polish Journal of Neurology and Neurosurgery - Category: Neurosurgery Source Type: research
DiscussionThe CHASE trial will be the first study to explore the optimum BP management for acute severe stroke. This trial potentially offers a strong argument for individualized target for lowering elevated BP in patients with severe stroke.Trial registrationClinicalTrials.gov,NCT02982655. Registered on 30 November 2016.
Source: Trials - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
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Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
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Source: Annals of Internal Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Tags: Ann Intern Med Source Type: research
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