Two ways to train your mind and optimize your stroke rehabilitation

The road to recovery after a stroke is often a slow and steady journey that requires determination and physical will. That’s why it might come as a surprise that a lot of rehabilitation can be achieved through non-physical methods. It turns out that techniques that use the mind, can actually train the body. Researchers from…

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New evidence: citicoline, a simple over-the-counter food supplement, may improve focus and memory after a stroke.

Is it possible that a simple over-the-counter food supplement could help in stroke rehabilitation? Scientists are pretty sure of it. Citicoline is a brain health supplement that the body produces in small amounts on its own. But it is also available as a food supplement. This supplement promotes brain cell health and communication between these…

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Getting a grip on strength training could put you on the path to cognitive recovery

In the world of stroke recovery, we’re learning more and more that everything is connected. And sometimes, it’s these connections that provide us with surprising new avenues for rehabilitation. Take reduced hand strength and walking speed, for example. These are negative predictors for general health and cognitive ability in the elderly. But can training these elements…

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Changes in growth hormone after stroke – a new future treatment?

Stroke can cause more than just a lopsided smile or a weak arm. It affects your entire person. Subtle differences like memory loss and reduced energy can also be consequences. Sometimes, even personalities can take a hit and change for the worse. Though we don’t really know why this happens, scientists think hormones might play…

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Can we use amphetamines to help us recover better after stroke?

Athletes use it to run faster, and kids use it to study harder. We live in a world where performance-enhancing drugs are available at every corner. So you’d think we have something to help with stroke too, right? That’s because rehab after a stroke is no joke. Sure, it might not look like hard work to…

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Cognitive remediation: finding the sweet spot to maximize the benefits

While there are many different approaches to stroke rehabilitation, most fit into one of two categories. The physical approach is the focus of many early rehabilitation programs. The cognitive approach seeks to address the underlying problems that can persist beyond the immediately visible effects of stroke. And it’s this cognitive approach that many stroke sufferers value…

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