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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Mirror movements: don’t let your body trick you into slowing your stroke recovery!

Getting things back to normal following stroke takes time and energy. So, it’s understandable if your attention wanes a little from time to time. But these lapses in concentration could be more of a limiting factor to your rehabilitation than you realize. A new study suggests that they might increase the likelihood of ‘mirror movements’.…

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These are the most promising treatments to promote brain repair after stroke

As you would probably expect, your brain heals much differently than any other part of your body. Following an injury, it will spontaneously begin recovering for several weeks or even years when speech or cognition are affected. This unique form of healing allows the brain to reorganize and build new connections over time. By studying the…

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Commercial pilot grounded by a stroke: managed to fly again!

June 16, 2011, passengers board a commercial flight from Frankfurt Airport to JFK. The captain of the flight begins his announcement, “Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. This is your captain speaking….” This is your typical international flight: passengers settle in, flight attendants prepare for take-off. But, we need to mention one very important detail. The…

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ADHD drugs in stroke: are they worth your attention?

Stroke-related conditions can present in many different ways. Some are immediately visible, while others such as those affecting attention and our perception of the world around us are less apparent. These less visible conditions are commonly linked to unilateral neglect. This disorder affects up to 80% of right-brain stroke sufferers. A standardized approach to therapy…

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Improving attention without actually knowing it

A new study discovered that implicit learning (learning something without realizing it) might benefit stroke patients who suffer from a neurological dysfunction known as neglect. Neglect is when someone loses the ability to pay attention to things happening on a particular side of their body. Any person who suffers from neglect is unable to detect…

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