COVID 19 – How Strokemark is adapting its stroke rehabilitation program

At Strokemark, we have always felt that it’s important for stroke patients to have the chance to continue to improve their health once they’ve left a rehab center. Our at-home rehab program has been years in the making. And now, as the coronavirus crisis creating a new normal for many people, this topic is all…

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Social networks support your stroke recovery

There is no one size fits all method to stroke rehabilitation. Your recovery depends on different factors like how much you exercise, how intensely you train, your nutrition, and genetics. But is there more to the equation? A group of researchers thought there was and so they looked into the influence that a social network…

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Is it possible to regenerate neurons using material already found in the brain? Part II of our interview with Prof. Berninger

Most of the current research involving stem cells has to do with injecting or implanting them with the hope that there will be positive effects, mostly expected from bystander effects due to the secretion of hormones and other molecules. As we learned from Prof. Berninger in Part I of his interview, there is no real…

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Learn what a leading expert has to say about stem cell research: Part I of our interview with Prof. Berninger

Stem cells are a hot topic, not only for us but for the scientific community. Breakthroughs are being made every day in many different fields, including stroke. That’s why we set out to learn more from a leading expert on this topic. Recently, a team from Strokemark met with Prof. Benedikt Berninger from The Center…

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Three stem cell clinical trials for stroke explained – Part III of our Strokemark special report

We are all waiting for stem cell treatment to become available. And as we wait, there is actually a lot of work going on to make that happen. To date, several pilot clinical trials have shown that delivering stem cells taken from different sources in different ways (IV, IA, IC; see glossary section for explanation)…

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What are stem cells and how might they be able to help you? Part II of our Strokemark special report

Most cells in our body are specialized, meaning they perform a defined role. They might protect us from the outside world (skin cells), help us to lift a finger (muscle cells), or aid us in remembering our shopping list (nerve cells). Let’s compare the role of different cells to people responsible for different jobs. We…

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Glossary: What terms do I need to know when interested in stem cell therapies for stroke recovery?

Once you start reading about stem cell therapies, it is very easy to get confused. No article will only use the term “stem cell”. Most will discuss a specific type of stem cell. Therefore, it is important to note that there are different kinds of stem cells, derived in different ways. As you find out…

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Stem cell treatment and stroke: What’s in it for you? A Strokemark special report

“Stroke patient able to walk again after stem cell treatment.” The internet is full of stories like these. Stories that report the wonders of stem cells and present the treatment as a cure for everything. But is there any truth behind these headlines? As with anything else, if it sounds too good to be true,…

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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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