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Improvements in stroke treatment could save more lives

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Yale researchers have found ways to treat stroke patients that may otherwise be untreatable.

In a study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery, principal investigators Yale’s Charles Matouk, MD, associate professor of neurosurgery, and Nils Petersen, MD, Ph.D. associate professor of neurology, show that a method called direct carotid puncture (DCT) offers a life-saving and surprisingly safe alternative to the standard mechanical thrombectomy for patients with difficult-to-access arteries.

Americans have more than 795,000 strokes every year, leading to 140,000 deaths annually. Treatment options depend on when the stroke patient is brought to the hospital.

During the first four-and-a-half hours after a stroke starts, patients can receive tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), a protein that breaks down blood clots. But after that, it’s too late for tPA, as the risk of bleeding becomes too high. For the most severe subtype of stroke, caused by a blood clot

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Lowe’s sales soar as customers focus on improving their lives at home

  • Lowe’s just posted a 34.2% jump in year over year comparable sales in its second quarter.
  • Executives said on Wednesday’s earnings call that the company’s strong performance has been driven by a surge of consumers that are increasingly “focused on the home.”
  • Lowe’s also saw a 135% increase in year-over-year sales on its website, which has recently been revamped.
  • “We are looking forward to building on this momentum on the back half of 2020 and for years to come,” CEO Marvin Ellison said on the call.
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Consumers are continuing to flock to Lowe’s for paint, interior decor, and lighting fixtures during the coronavirus pandemic, leading to bombshell quarterly earnings results for the home improvement retailer.

The North Carolina-based company reported total sales of $27.3 billion and net profits of $2.8 billion in the second quarter. Comparable sales were up 34.2% system-wide from last

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