Sunday January 21st 2018

Quick magnesium treatment fails to improve stroke outcomes, but study has silver lining

In the first study of its kind, a consortium led by UCLA physicians found that giving stroke patients intravenous magnesium within an hour of the onset of symptoms does not improve stroke outcomes. However, the 8-year trial did find that with the help of paramedics in the field, intravenous medications can frequently be administered to stroke victims within that so-called “golden hour,” during which they have the best chance to survive and avoid debilitating, long-term neurological damage. The latter finding is a “game-changer,” said Dr. Jeffrey Saver, director of the UCLA Stroke Center and a professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Saver served as co-principal investigator on the research, which was presented Feb. 13 at the American Stroke As…

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Quick magnesium treatment fails to improve stroke outcomes, but study has silver lining

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