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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Virtual reality – how technology combines cognitive and motor training to optimize stroke rehabilitation

Physical disabilities after a stroke get a lot of attention. But lurking behind these obvious deficits are the negative effects of stroke on your brain. It turns out that training your brain after a stroke can help in regaining physical function. By improving your ability to think, you can improve your ability to learn and…

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Regardless of your cognitive abilities, you may be able to improve your balance control after stroke

Feeling off-balanced? Following a stroke, this is pretty normal. A number of factors contribute to this, including any changes you might experience in your cognitive abilities which involve thinking or memory skills. Is there any way to regain a sense of balance control? In a new study, Nigerian researchers reported that there is. Patients—both those…

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Train your brain after a stroke by seeing what’s going on inside – it also works in the chronic phase

What would you think if we told you that by getting a look at your brain activity can help you get better? It almost seems unbelievable, but it is true. By using readings from machines like an EEG (measures the electrical activity of the brain) or fMRI (images the blood flow of the brain), you…

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Pay attention! Find out how training your mind could boost your physical recovery after stroke

We all know that stroke can affect both your mind and body. But, to what extent are the two connected? Damage done to a shared pathway might cause drastic effects that may seem unrelated at first. For example, neglect is actually due to attention problems that cause problems with movement. International researchers found new evidence that…

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Music to my ears – sounds improve cognition and maximize independence after a stroke

After a stroke, independence becomes a huge priority for most patients. The disabilities that may result after a stroke often limit a person’s daily functions. That’s why rehab focuses so much on preserving a stroke patient’s function and independence. Being able to perform daily tasks and enjoy simple activities has a huge impact on quality…

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New hope for stroke survivors with sleep problems

Everyone wants to get a full night of restful sleep, but that isn’t always easy for stroke survivors.  Almost two-thirds of stroke patients suffer from poor sleep. Sleep problems are more than annoyances for stroke patients. They may increase the risk of another stroke. The typical treatment of sleep problems includes the use of medication.…

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