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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Get the most out of your treadmill training – try long periods of low-intensity training

Treadmill exercise is one of the most effective ways to regain motor function after a stroke. Since training on a treadmill rewires damaged neural connections in the brain, it can help restore walking ability. In addition, this exercise reduces high blood pressure and plaque buildup in the arteries, thus improves blood flow to the brain.…

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Just published: a case study of magnetic therapy and an amazing recovery 6 years after stroke

A recent case study revealed a potential new therapy to help chronic stroke patients regain arm or hand mobility. The therapy is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). TMS uses magnetic pulses over a person’s head to change electrical activity deep inside the brain. This technology has been used to treat many psychiatric conditions such as depression.…

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Read this amazing aphasia recovery case – patient regains almost 100% pre-stroke spelling ability

Communicating with aphasia can be tough. Patients might only see slow progress. But a case study from John Hopkins University can ignite the hope of those with this language impairment. The case study The study looked at a 57-year old man with chronic aphasia who regained almost 100% of his pre-stroke spelling ability. This improvement…

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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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