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Stroke Centers Better at Treating Strokes

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Duke Clinical Research Institute studied nearly 31,000 patients who were admitted to both accredited and unaccredited primary stroke hospitals in New York for one year.

All participants suffered an acute ischemic stroke where blood flow to the brain is blocked by a blood clot.

The authors found a lower death rate among patients one month after hospitalization at designated stroke centers compared to undesignated hospitals. The mortality rate dropped from 12.5 percent to 10.1 percent.

Long term survival also improved slightly a year after treatment.  The death rate at specialized stroke centers was 22.3 percent compared to 26 percent at other facilities.

The study shows that when time permits, it is better to take a stroke victim to a designated center. Almost 700 of the 5,000 acute care hospitals nationwide are designated stroke centers.

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Global Cost of Alzheimer's Care Expected to Rise

The global cost of Alzheimer's disease and dementia care is projected to soar in the upcoming years, according to a report released Tuesday by Alzheimer's Disease International, a non-profit international federation of Alzheimer's organizations. Such costs currently account for one percent of the global gross domestic product, or $604 billion and some estimates say the care-related costs will double by 2030.  The report also states that countries including France, Australia and England have adopted national Alzheimer’s disease plans, while the United States has yet to do so.  An estimated 35.6 million people suffer from dementia worldwide.

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