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Senator claims angels visited him in hospital

Illinois Senator Mark Kirk had an otherworldly experience while recovering from a massive stroke. Kirk had been taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospita…

Man wakes from coma speaking new language

When 81-year-old Alun Morgan suffered from a stroke he woke up to find that he could speak Welsh. Now retired, Alun lives with his wife in Somerset an…

Lectures for a New Year: A Brain Scientist Studies Her Own Stroke

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuroanatomist (or “brain scientist”) from Indiana. In 1996 she experienced a major stroke, out of the blue, at age 37. As a scientist deeply involved with brain function, she was ideally situated to understand the stroke as it happened (as much as anyone can during a frickin’ [...]

RIP, Clarence Clemons

Saxophonist Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band has died from complications of a stroke he suffered last weekend. Clemons played on such classic hits as “Born to Run” and “Thunder Road” and is widely credited with helping to shape Springsteen’s sound. He passed away at a hospital in Palm Beach, Florida, where he had stayed [...]