The New York Times (9/16, Parker-Pope) “Well” blog reports, “A large Dutch study has found that eating apples and pears is associated with a lower risk of stroke.”
The Orlando Sentinel (9/16, Jameson) reports that the research, published “in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association, spanned 10 years and included more than 20,000 adults ages 20 to 65. None had cardiovascular disease at the start of the study.”
WebMD (9/16, Hendrick) reports, “The researchers say the risk of stroke was 52% lower for people who ate a lot of white-fleshed fruits and vegetables, compared to those who didn’t.”
BBC News (9/16) reports, however, that “no link was found between stroke incidence and green (dark leafy vegetables, cabbages and lettuces) orange/yellow (mostly citrus fruits) or red/purple fruits and vegetables.” Also covering the story were HealthDay (9/16, Gordon) and the UK’s Telegraph (9/16, Adams).
WebMD (8/31, Laino) reports, “A new study suggests that waiting at least an hour after dinner before going to sleep reduces your risk of stroke by about two-thirds.” The study, presented at the European Society of Cardiology meeting, also found that “for every 20 minutes more that you wait, stroke risk drops another 10%.” American College of Cardiology President David Holmes, MD, said, “When we eat, blood sugar changes, cholesterol levels change, blood flow changes,” all of which “may affect stroke risk.”
USA Today (5/10, Marcus) reports, “One in seven strokes happens at night, and sufferers may not get medicine that could prevent brain damage, suggests a new study” published in Neurology. Investigators “analyzed data from 1,854 patients over 18 who had been treated in hospital emergency departments in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky over the course of a year for ischemic strokes.” The researchers “found that 273 patients experienced wake-up strokes.”
The CNN (5/9) “The Chart” blog reported that the “researchers found that 98 of the 273 wake-up strokes used in their study would have qualified for…clot-busting treatment if medical staff could only have known when the stroke symptoms began.”
Reuters (5/10) reports that the researchers calculate that, were the data extrapolated nationally, approximately 58,000 individuals in the US seek emergency treatment each year after waking up with stroke symptoms.
WebMD (5/9, Hendrick) reported that the investigators “compared people who reported to emergency departments with wake-up strokes to those who had strokes while awake. No differences were noted between the two groups in terms of sex, whether they were married or living with a partner, and their stroke risk factors, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, or high cholesterol.”