Can Intense Exercise Cause a Stroke?

The well known BBC presenter Andrew Marr blames his recent stroke on overworking and an overly vigorous exercise session on a rowing machine. The 53-year-old said he had, to his detriment, believed the newspapers "... that we must take very, very intensive exercise in short bursts for good health."

"We have heard anecdotally that some activities like vigorous exercise can sometimes cause blood vessels to burst”  says Nikki Hill of The Stroke Association

Five psychiatric disorders 'linked'

These psychiatric illnesses seem very different — schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, major depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Yet they share several genetic glitches that can nudge the brain along a path to mental illness, researchers report. Which disease, if any, develops is thought to depend on other genetic or environmental factors.

Alzheimer's Disease Detected Decades Before Symptoms

Researchers have found some of the earliest signs of Alzheimer's disease, more than two decades before the first symptoms usually appear.Treating the disease early is thought to be vital to prevent damage to memory and thinking.A study, published in the Lancet Neurology, found differences in the brains of an extended Colombian family predisposed to develop an early form of Alzheimer's.Experts said the US study may give doctors more time to treat people.