Twenty months after a stroke, music therapy helps a patient improve neglect

Rock singer Bono of U2 once said that music can change the world because it can change people. Many people think that he’s right from a social activism perspective, but new research indicates that he may also be right from a neurological perspective, especially in the case of those affected by unilateral spatial neglect (USN).…

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Electrical currents to improve speech: the evidence thus far

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a method of stimulating the brain with a low-intensity electrical current. The current can increase or decrease the activity of nerve cells in the brain, allowing researchers to target areas of the brain damaged by stroke. This technology boasts many benefits, as it is portable, non-invasive, does not hurt,…

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Orthopedic footwear: the results are in, are you sticking with the program?

When it comes to post-stroke recovery, there are a lot of things competing for your attention. And that’s understandable — you’re learning, re-learning, and making discoveries every day. But as you move from the earlier days of stroke to the longer-term, chronic phase of stroke, your focus can change. You might go from looking at…

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Expert verdict just in: this is what drives positive recovery after stroke

After suffering a major stroke, the early stages of recovery are the most crucial. But with all the different therapies and medications out there, it’s hard to know what’s best for each patient. Stroke recovery varies so much for each person. It’s challenging to predict what treatments are going to work best and how patients are…

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What you can do to improve your bone mass even if you cannot move as much as you want to

Bone loss is a severe problem for sedentary or older people. People with a low Bone Mineral Density (BMD) have a higher chance of fracture. Falls or even everyday activities can cause their bones to break. Low BMD is also a serious problem for stroke patients who have issues with walking and exercising. Since load-bearing activities…

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