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This week: Stroke awareness, Alzheimer's study

Effective stroke treatments are keeping more Americans alive, and helping to prevent disability from stroke. Part of the key is early action. May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and in this segment of "HealthLink on Air," Dr. Hesham Masoud goes over the common symptoms and treatments for stroke. Masoud is an assistant professor of neurology, neurosurgery and radiology at Upstate Medical University, and a member of Upstate University Hospital's comprehensive stroke team.

Also this week, Upstate's geriatrics chief, Dr. Sharon Brangman tells about a study she's leading to determine if a particular blood pressure medication can treat disruptive agitation. That's a condition that up to 90 percent of people with Alzheimer's disease will develop, and some of the symptoms can cause even more distress than the loss of memory -- for the person with Alzheimer's as well as for their caregivers. To volunteer for the study, call 315-464-3285, or send an email to GeriResearch@upstate.edu

Listen this Sunday, May 16 at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. for more.