Clinical Trials: What You Need To Know, and How Do You Find One

After having a stroke, you’ve received various forms of treatments. You may have taken prescription medications, undergone certain procedures, and received therapy from various rehabilitation professionals. All of these treatments, before being used with patients, have been thoroughly researched and tested through studies called clinical trials. What are clinical trials? Clinical trials refer to research…

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Three stem cell clinical trials for stroke explained – Part III of our Strokemark special report

We are all waiting for stem cell treatment to become available. And as we wait, there is actually a lot of work going on to make that happen. To date, several pilot clinical trials have shown that delivering stem cells taken from different sources in different ways (IV, IA, IC; see glossary section for explanation)…

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What are stem cells and how might they be able to help you? Part II of our Strokemark special report

Most cells in our body are specialized, meaning they perform a defined role. They might protect us from the outside world (skin cells), help us to lift a finger (muscle cells), or aid us in remembering our shopping list (nerve cells). Let’s compare the role of different cells to people responsible for different jobs. We…

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Putting the patient first: how patient-centered care adds value to stroke recovery

“Client-centered” or “patient-centered” are buzz words treatment providers often use, but do we know what they mean? The concept of client-centeredness comes from the theories of Carl Rogers. And it has been adopted by many other professions including occupational therapy (OT). While your treatment team might be familiar with the ins and outs of what…

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Glossary: What terms do I need to know when interested in stem cell therapies for stroke recovery?

Once you start reading about stem cell therapies, it is very easy to get confused. No article will only use the term “stem cell”. Most will discuss a specific type of stem cell. Therefore, it is important to note that there are different kinds of stem cells, derived in different ways. As you find out…

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Stem cell treatment and stroke: What’s in it for you? A Strokemark special report

“Stroke patient able to walk again after stem cell treatment.” The internet is full of stories like these. Stories that report the wonders of stem cells and present the treatment as a cure for everything. But is there any truth behind these headlines? As with anything else, if it sounds too good to be true,…

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Adding your favorite songs to your rehab program might do more than just lift your spirits

A good tune can help lift our spirits and enrich our lives. Besides making us happy, music can also help us improve our health. It turns out that we can use music to help us recover after a stroke. This simple, enjoyable remedy can be used with exercise programs during rehab! A recent study by…

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NASA and the strength-enhancing exosuit: are we any closer to making our Sci-Fi dreams a reality?

However you might feel about your body, there is no denying that, when it’s working, it’s great at what it does. Namely, it keeps you standing strong while performing the controlled movements you need to get you through the day. In fact, the design is so good that emulating it has become a science all…

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