Friday, October 21, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Depression and Stroke

The National Insitute of Mental Health has published a brochure describing the signs and symptoms of depression and how it is linked to other illnesses, including stroke.

The brochure is available to download, order a hard copy or you can just read it online.

Click here to view Depression and Stroke

Note:  If someone you know has had a stroke, this brochure is worth reading!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

"Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese. "

Billie Burke

An apple (or pear) a day may keep strokes away

A new study, published in Stroke: Journal of the American Hearth Association, Dutch researchers found that eating lots of white fleshed fruits and vegetables may protect against stroke, translating into a 52% lower risk of having a stroke.

Previous studies have linked high consumption of fruits and vegetables with lower stroke risk, this is the first study to examine the associations of fruits and vegetables color groups and stroke.

The color of the edible portion of fruits and vegetables reflects the presence of beneficial phytochemicals such as carotenoids and flavonoids. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Laughter Might Be Good Medicine for Alzheimer's Patients

A new study performed in Australia  recently presented their findings at the National Dementia Research Forum in Sydney, Australia.  The study was conducted to explore whether and how much, humor might be as effective as psychiatric drugs in reducing the agitation that is so common in people with dementia. 

The study was performed on nursing home residents with dementia who participated in a weekly two-hour clowning session involving music, mime and humorous props and showed a significant reduction in both physically and verbally aggressive behavior.