Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Very Popular Drink Linked To Brain Damage

More negative results on alcohol, while I look at all these positives. But listen to your negative Nellie doctor instead of me.

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Negative here:

Very Popular Drink Linked To Brain Damage 

The drink was linked to shrinkage in the hippocampus, an area critical for memory and other mental functions.
Even moderate levels of alcohol consumption are linked to long-term brain damage and declines in mental skills, new research finds.
Moderate alcohol intake means around 14 to 21 units per week.
The study also found no support for the idea that low levels of alcohol intake are beneficial for the brain.
The conclusions come from a British study of 550 healthy men and women followed over 30 years.
At the start of the study, people’s average age was 43 and none had alcohol problems.
All participants had regular brain function tests and an MRI scan at the end.
The researchers adjusted for many factors that could have been influential, such as age, sex, education, exercise levels and medical history.
They found that people who drank more over 30 years had increasing shrinkage of the hippocampus.
The hippocampus is a brain structure crucial for memory and other functions.
People who drank moderate amounts (14 – 21 units per week) had more shrinkage in their hippocampus than those who abstained.
For those who drank over 30 units per week, the situation was even worse.
Up to 7 drinks per week was not linked to any beneficial effect, as some other studies have reported.
The UK has recently reduced its alcohol guidance limits to 14 units for men and women.
The US, however, recommends a maximum of 24.5 units per week.
The study’s authors write:
“Our findings support the recent reduction in UK safe limits and call into question the current US guidelines, which suggest that up to 24.5 units a week is safe for men, as we found increased odds of hippocampal atrophy at just 14-21 units a week, and we found no support for a protective effect of light consumption on brain structure.”
Dr Killian Welch, writing in a linked editorial, said:
“We all use rationalisations to justify persistence with behaviours not in our long term interest.
With publication of this paper, justification of “moderate” drinking on the grounds of brain health becomes a little harder.”

The study was published in the British Medical Journal (Topiwala et al., 2017).

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