Can computers help us recover speech after stroke? Find out how!

Stroke survivors can often develop problems with speaking if the damage affects language areas of the brain. This condition is called aphasia, and the treatment usually is speech therapy. Communicating is essential for a good quality of life. Imagine not being able to read stories to your grandchildren! Unfortunately, it’s really hard to re-learn how to…

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Using magnets to find your voice again after stroke – how treating both sides of the brain helped one man regain his speaking abilities

Imagine losing your ability to speak. Your communication skills reduced to one-word utterances. Imagine one day being able to hold a meaningful conversation and the next day hardly being able to say a word. This problem, known as aphasia, can happen after a stroke if the part of the brain that handles language is affected.…

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Trying to find the right time to treat aphasia after a stroke – early treatment is not necessarily better

Imagine wanting to say something, but your words just won’t come out or knowing someone is talking to you, but you can’t understand. These types of difficulties with speech production and language comprehension, known as aphasia, are common following a stroke. This condition is caused by an injury to the brain. Up to one-third of…

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How mindfulness can help you find the words again – one stroke patient’s journey

A hot topic in our world today is the importance of mindfulness and mental health. We usually think of these methods as helpful ways to prevent disease. But, what if it can help the sick too? A woman who couldn’t speak Catherine is 60-year-old, African-American woman had survived a left-hemisphere stroke 14 years ago that…

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Researchers are developing an app for stroke patients with aphasia to increase talking time

Being able to participate in everyday conversation is a primary goal for many stroke patients with non-fluent aphasia. With non-fluent aphasia, you are able to understand everything easily. However, it can seem nearly impossible to get the right words to come out of your mouth. One way to measure your ability to participate in social…

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Which type of magnetic stimulation frequency shows the most promise for post-stroke aphasia patients?

In the X-Men movies, super-villain Magneto can bend metal with his mind. It’s an entertaining but farfetched proposition. But magnetism is one of the most powerful forces in the natural world. And now there is a treatment that uses it. Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is a magnetism-based therapy that is currently being studied as…

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New study shows that less is more – focus on one thing at a time to optimize your aphasia therapy

A lot of human communication is non-verbal. People communicate with facial expressions, like a smile or an arched eyebrow. People point, sign, and gesture to enhance and enliven what they are saying. To most of us, it seems natural that aphasia patients can benefit from a mix of speech and gesture in their therapy. But…

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