Jennifer Reilly, an active, healthy 27-year-old woman, was surprised to wake in the night with an agonizing headache. The next day, she related the incident to a co-worker, who insisted she see a doctor. At the UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Liebeskind informed her that she’d had a stroke. “I was really skeptical,” said Reilly. She … Read More

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke, and, each year, about 800,000 Americans have a stroke. Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Recovery for stroke survivors can be difficult due to the brain damage that occurs, which can severely impair cognitive function. A stroke occurs when blood … Read More

The human body typically does a good job maintaining and regulating temperature, but in some cases, extreme heat and excessive sweating can result in complications. Some common types of heat-related illnesses include heat cramps, heat syncope, heat stroke, and dehydration. Heat cramps are muscle cramps and spasms that occur as a result of exercise and … Read More

Does an aspirin a day really lower the risk of heart disease? Aspirin is a small, yet effective, over-the-counter drug. Also known as acetylsalicylic acid, this pill relieves minor pain and reduces fever and inflammation. Besides having these benefits, it is also widely recognized to prevent heart disease. Aspirin reduces the chance of plaque build up … Read More

New research indicates that a person’s balance may be a telling sign of his or her brain’s health. The inability to balance on one leg for more than 20 seconds may indicate brain damage and a risk of stroke, even in seemingly healthy individuals. Researchers at the Kyoto School of Medicine in Japan tested about … Read More

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