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What do you know about stroke?/College hoops scandal

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Mar 2, 2018 4:40 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, March 2, 2018:

Each year nearly 800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. A stroke can happen to anyone, at any time and is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.

Strokes occur when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off; brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die, abilities controlled by that area of the brain, such as memory and muscle control, are lost. How a person is affected depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much of the brain is damaged.

Most strokes can be prevented, but research shows that too few people know how to recognize when a stroke is happening. While overall stroke rates are decreasing for the older population, rates are increasing for young and middle-aged people.

Joining us on Friday's Smart Talk are  Dr. Ray Reichwein, neurologist, and Dr. Kevin Cockroft, neurosurgeon, co-directors of Penn State Health Stroke Center. Also with us is Lucy M Gnazzo, the mother of a 28-year-old woman who suffered a stroke last year and is recovering.

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Dr. Kevin Cockroft and Dr. Ray Reichwein, Penn State Health Stroke Center, Lucy M. Gnazzo


As basketball fans eagerly anticipate March Madness, much attention is now focused on allegations of recruiting improprieties that implicate some of the nation's most esteemed programs. An FBI investigation alleges loans and payments for entertainment and travel expenses for prospects and their families.  A former Penn State player is one of the players alleged to having received a loan from the agent at the center of the investigation. 

Author and Professor Gregory Kaliss, Ph.D, Visiting Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Towson University , joins us to discuss this developing scandal.

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Gregory Kaliss, Towson University

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