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Nearly 800,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke each year – one every 40 seconds. It is the fourth leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability. From cooling the brain to infusing stem cells, UTHealth is working hard to change that. An international leader in research and clinical care, UTHealth was one of the original sites in the ground-breaking trial that found tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) could help stroke patients. Researchers are now studying autologous stem cells, drugs that can be used in combination with tPA, other potential clot-busters and brain cooling for stroke. The UTHealth Department of Neurology Stroke Team has also established a strong telemedicine program that takes the best of clinical care and research to outlying hospitals and their patients. UTHealth neurologists continue to work with partners including the Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and Harris Health System’s Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital to bring cutting-edge care to patients. 

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Stroke patients treated at a teaching hospital are less likely to be readmitted

Stroke patients appear to receive better care at teaching hospitals with less of a chance of landing back in a hospital during the early stages of recovery, according to new research from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

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UTHealth researchers discover how to train damaging inflammatory cells to promote repair after stroke

Researchers at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth have discovered a way to turn neutrophils from toxic to helpful after a hemorrhagic stroke, according to results of a study published in Nature Communications.

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UTHealth launches study to compare general anesthesia and sedation in stroke treatment

A new study led by Peng Roc Chen, M.D., associate professor of neurosurgery at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), aims to determine whether sedation or general anesthesia during endovascular therapy for acute stroke is associated with better outcomes for stroke patients.

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