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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Could a bad night’s sleep mean more than just an unproductive day for stroke survivors?

We all know that a bad night’s sleep can leave us feeling worse for wear, but did you ever stop to think that your troubled nights might mean more than just unproductive days? If the number of studies investigating the association of sleep with health is anything to go by, chances are you have —…

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How training like an athlete helped one man bike his way to a better life after stroke

We all know how important exercise is for our health. But actually walking the walk can be difficult. This can’t be truer for stroke survivors. When you’re living with limited function, it’s hard to get out there and exercise. Unfortunately, stroke survivors are probably the ones who need regular exercise the most. How can we…

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What does my child need after a stroke? Looking to meet the needs of pediatric patients and their families

Stroke survivors have an uphill battle ahead of them. Strokes can devastate patients with disability and health problems for the rest of their lives. Most of the time, we think of stroke happening to our grandparents and older friends. But stroke can sometimes affect children too. When it comes to a child stroke survivor, what…

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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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Using watch-like devices to record your movements – how tracking turns everyday activities into stroke training opportunities!

If you’ve recently suffered a stroke, you know how important it is to stay active. Anyone who has some problems with their arm function needs to exercise more. The only way to improve is to train. But sometimes that’s easier said than done. Training an arm impairment can be downright discouraging at times. And the only…

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Up a river without a paddle in your rehabilitation? Then virtual canoeing might be for you

Rehab is something you have to do, but it can be a chore sometimes. Why not make it a little more entertaining with some video games. The use of virtual reality which combines video games with exercises is an up and coming therapy in stroke.  It gives patients visual feedback as they train. Hence, speeding…

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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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