New study finds Covid-19 can cause severe brain complications

New study finds Covid-19 can cause severe brain complications. Severe Covid-19 can damage the brain, with most common effect being stroke CREDIT: MATT YORK/AP A preliminary study of patients hospitalised with Covid-19 has found the disease can damage the brain, causing complications such as stroke, inflammation, psychosis and dementia-like symptoms in some severe cases. The findings are the first detailed look at a range of neurological complications of Covid-19, the researchers said, and underline a need for larger studies to find the mechanisms behind them [...]

Low blood pressure linked to high mortality in older people

Low blood pressure linked to high mortality in older people. International blood pressure guidelines may need to be reviewed, according to UK researchers who have found a link between low blood pressure and higher mortality among older people. A large-scale study led by the University of Exeter analysed medical records of nearly 416,000 older adults in England. “We need more research to ascertain whether aggressive blood pressure control is safe in older adults" -Jane Masoli The research, funded by the National Institute for Health [...]

Regular extended sleep or long naps increase the risk of stroke, says six-year study

Regular extended sleep or long naps increase the risk of stroke, says six-year study. Poor quality sleep can also increase the risk compared to those who sleep soundly. Extended sleep appears to increase the risk of stroke People who sleep more than nine hours a night, or have long daytime naps have an increased risk of stroke, according to new research. The Chinese study, published in the journal Neurology, examined the sleep habits of 31,750 healthy adults, with an average age of 61.7 [...]

With more young people having strokes, be alert to these warning signs

With more young people having strokes, be alert to these warning signs. Being able to identify if someone is having a stroke can literally save that person’s life. For too long, we have associated strokes with the older generation, but time and time again we’re reminded that it is not an old woman’s disease. While it’s true that a majority of strokes still happen to people who are over the age of 65, it doesn’t happen to them only. Let’s quickly take [...]

Blood pressure pills ‘work better at bedtime’

Blood pressure pills 'work better at bedtime' GETTY IMAGES To get the best out of your daily blood pressure medication, take it just before you go to bed, say researchers. It's a simple tip that could save lives, they say in the European Heart Journal . The pills offer more protection against heart attacks and strokes when taken at bedtime rather than in the morning, a large new study suggests. Experts believe our body's biological 'clock' or natural 24-hour rhythm alters our response to the medication. Synchronise [...]