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Unique Oxford study of vascular disease welcomes 10,000th participant

                                                    Peter Casey was the study’s 10,000th patient   The only project of its kind anywhere that studies all acute vascular events, such as strokes and heart attacks, to develop … Read more

New tool to improve blood pressure measurement

Scientists at Oxford University have developed a new way of estimating our true underlying blood pressure that overcomes common problems in a clinical setting which can lead to misleading results. Blood pressure measurement is frequently used by medics to understand our health, and dangerously high blood pressure (hypertension) can lead to serious conditions like heart … Read more

Electrical brain stimulation could support stroke recovery

Applying an electric current to the brain can help recovery from stroke, Oxford University researchers at the John Radcliffe Hospital have found. A team from Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, led by Professor Heidi Johansen-Berg and Dr Charlotte Stagg, studied the use of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to support rehabilitation training. The technique … Read more

WATCH: Simple approach to research is key to improving stroke treatment

Stroke is one of the biggest killers in the UK but world class research is helping cut the number of deaths and improve prevention. In the latest Oxford Biomedical Research Centre public talk, clinical neurologist Professor Peter Rothwell outlines leading stroke and related dementia research. He examines how new understanding is pioneering  earlier recognition of … Read more

Remodelling the Brain: an insight into research that could aid stroke recovery

Our brains adapt whenever we learn a new skill, such as juggling and they also adapt after damage such as stroke. In this Oxford Biomedical Research Centre public talk, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience Heidi Johansen-Berg shows how brain imaging allows us to watch the brain remodel, reorganise and rewire. Prof Johansen-Berg, a Wellcome Trust Senior … Read more

Treating the brain with tiny electric currents may aid stroke recovery

Tiny electric currents applied across regions of the brain can improve hand movements in recovering stroke patients for a short period, an Oxford University study has demonstrated. The researchers are hopeful that developing this brain stimulation technique further may provide a useful addition to standard physiotherapy in helping the recovery of stroke patients. The study … Read more

Heart attack: risk more likely to be inherited than for stroke

In a study published Tuesday in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics, scientists at the University of Oxford showed that people are more likely to inherit the risk of having a heart attack than the risk of having a stroke. Senior author Peter Rothwell, a professor of clinical neurology at Oxford University, said that the study, which confirmed … Read more

Patients tell of their experience of TIAs and minor strokes

Healthtalkonline is a website that provides a rich resource of more than 2,000 people’s experiences of health and illness.  It’s also a great source of reliable information about conditions, treatment choices and support. Adding to the growing list of diseases covered by Healthtalkonline is a new section on TIAs (transient ischaemic attacks and minor strokes) … Read more

Maternal stroke history linked to Myocardial Infarction risk in women

Women whose mothers had a stroke are at increased risk for both stroke and myocardial infarction, new research has shown. In a study of sex-of-parent and sex-of-proband interactions for family history of stroke in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients, Amitava Banerjee of the University of Oxford, England, and colleagues evaluated the family histories of 1,957 … Read more

Preventing strokes research

Two projects led by Professor Peter Rothwell, from the Department of Clinical Neurology, University of Oxford, are leading to major improvements in the effectiveness of stroke prevention. Results from the study (named EXPRESS) indicated that urgent use of existing treatments (including antiplatelet drugs, blood pressure-lowering and cholesterol-lowering drugs) reduced the risk of major stroke by … Read more

Variable blood pressure a new stroke risk factor?

Three recent papers recently published in The Lancet, and a further study in The Lancet Neurology, show that it is variability in patients’ blood pressure that is more likely to predict the risk of a stroke than a high average or usual blood pressure level. The results of the studies, led by Professor Peter Rothwell … Read more