Monday, November 3, 2014

Blood Transfusions Decrease Stroke Risk in Sickle Cell Children

  Children with sickle cell anemia who received regular (monthly) blood transfusions were 58% less likely to have silent or overt strokes compared to those that did not receive regular blood transfusions. These regularly transfused patients also experienced fewer episodes of pain as well.
NEJM Aug 21, 2014

Higher Potassium Intake Lower Risk of Stroke in Women

  In older women, higher potassium intake was associated with a lower risk of all stroke, ischemic stroke and all-cause mortality.
Stroke Sept 4, 2014

Fish Oil to Reduce Seizure Frequency

  In a study of patients with epilepsy, those that took 3 capsules of fish oil per day demonstrated fewer seizures than a higher dose fish oil group and placebo (corn oil).
Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry Sept 8, 2014

Increase In MS Exacerbations With Increased Dietary Sodium

  High intake of dietary sodium increases exacerbations of multiple sclerosis almost four-fold.
  These studies suggests that clinicians advise their patients with MS to follow a low-salt diet.
Nature 2013;496(7446):513-517
J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2014;Epub2014 Aug 28