Recovering from stroke with the comforts of home

Rather than going to therapy, what if therapy could come to you? Traditionally, most stroke patients have to stay at a rehab center or travel to the closest one near their home. On top of having new disabilities and having to work out harder than ever, they have to arrange for their own transportation or…

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Is a group-based approach to memory training after a stroke better than doing it alone?

With stroke being recognized as one of the most common causes of long-term disability, it might sometimes feel like your path to recovery was set long before you even experienced a stroke. But the reality is that there is still much that is unknown. And while clinical research plays a role in improving our understanding…

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Stroke patients are improving their brains while they sleep

Sometimes great things, including scientific discoveries, happen by accident. For instance, Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin when he noticed a mold that had contaminated one of his samples. And a large scale Japanese study on the effect of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) made an interesting, unexpected observation. Patients who fall asleep during their rTMS session…

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Epilepsy after stroke: what are the treatment options?

After experiencing a stroke, life changes… a lot. And for roughly 7% of stroke survivors, post-stroke epilepsy (PSE) is the challenge they face. Unfortunately, only limited treatment options for the condition exist. That’s why researchers from Japan decided to look into this topic. They reviewed the current PSE knowledge looking at the latest data on…

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Depression after stroke – including family improves outcomes

Stroke and rehabilitation are hard things for patients and their families to go through. They can be traumatic and isolating and up to half of patients battle post-stroke depression (PSD) as they recover. Family and caregivers also experience stress, and many of them become clinically depressed as well. So, no matter where you are on…

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Could a bad night’s sleep mean more than just an unproductive day for stroke survivors?

We all know that a bad night’s sleep can leave us feeling worse for wear, but did you ever stop to think that your troubled nights might mean more than just unproductive days? If the number of studies investigating the association of sleep with health is anything to go by, chances are you have —…

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How training like an athlete helped one man bike his way to a better life after stroke

We all know how important exercise is for our health. But actually walking the walk can be difficult. This can’t be truer for stroke survivors. When you’re living with limited function, it’s hard to get out there and exercise. Unfortunately, stroke survivors are probably the ones who need regular exercise the most. How can we…

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