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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Strategy training after stroke is much more important than you think

Goal. Plan. Do. Check. These are the steps of strategy training, a practical tool to help stroke patients identify, assess, and solve problems on the road to regaining their independence. Most therapists consider strategy training useful for patients who have a good grasp of their strengths and weaknesses (good self-awareness). But typically it is not…

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This is how a scientific article made me realize what the real problem was with dad

Often reality blindsides stroke patients. Things that look okay right after a stroke, turn out to be problematic, while symptoms that look horrible go away in no time with minimal effort. This can be very confusing, especially because each stroke is different. Family members are confused as well about how to manage a case of…

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Good news: you can heal the brain while toning and strengthening the body!

We all hear that exercise is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Here’s yet another argument why you should get active!  Cognitive impairments like poor decision making, lack of attention, decreased thinking speed and memory loss are prevalent after a stroke. More than 80% of stroke patients experience problems with cognition in addition to their physical…

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New evidence: transient ischemic attack (TIA) may not be transient at all, but there’s a lot you can do about it

A recently published study from the Netherlands suggests that transient ischemic attacks (TIA), or mini-strokes, may leave more long-lasting damage than previously thought. If your doctor told you that your stroke was “transient”, you may be misinformed. Lead researcher Dr. Frank Rooij analyzed brain imaging on TIA patients. He found that almost a third of…

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Watch this video, listen to the music – healing the brain after stroke one note at a time

Hans Christian Andersen once said, “where words fail, music speaks.” This resonates especially with stroke patients engaging in music therapy! Most people love to listen to music. Many have even played a musical instrument, sang in a choir, or learned to dance to a melody. Now stroke patients can use their love for music to…

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