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UK study targets childhood stroke

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The first UK study to systematically investigate childhood stroke has been launched by researchers from Bristol University.

The Study of Outcome of Childhood Stroke (SOCS) will monitor all cases of child stroke from the south and east of England for a year.

The exact incidence of childhood stroke is unknown as there is no national registration system.

Estimates suggest at least one child per day has a stroke, and the figure could be as high as five, according to researcher Finbar O’Callaghan, senior clinical lecturer at the university’s division of child health.

Details of the study, which runs until June 2009, can be found at www.childstroke.org.uk

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