Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Prochazka Study

Subjects needed for study on improving 

hand function after stroke

Dr. Arthur Prochazka in the Centre of Neuroscience, University of Alberta, is presently conducting research study entitled:



Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Canadians ask questions about stroke

Every year, about 50,000 Canadians suffer a stroke that results in death or disability. In honour of Stroke Awareness Month, Dimensions invited Canadians to ask questions about stroke, which we then posed to a scientist in the field....

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Target for Stroke Therapy Drugs

New understanding of post-stroke neurons could transform patient treatment and recovery. A drug that aids neuron repair has improved recovery in mice by as much as 50 percent.

Every year, nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. suffer a stroke. It's the country's third-leading cause of death, and a primary cause of severe, long-term disability—the damage it does to the brain is largely irreparable. But a study published online yesterday in the journal Nature describes how a drug helped repair the brains of mice to a degree that was previously impossible.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

There are Differences in Rehabilitation Outcomes in Different Countries

In a comparison of stroke rehabilitation in 4 European countries, Lisbet De Wit and colleagues discovered that gross motor and functional recovery were better in the German and Swiss centers compared with the UK center, but Personal self-care recovery was better in the UK compared with the German center.

Previous studies in the same centers indicated that German and Swiss patients received more therapy per day. This was not the result of more staff, but of a more efficient use of human resources. This study indicates potential for improving rehabilitation outcomes in the UK and Belgian centers, Motor and Functional Recovery After Stroke (Stroke. 2007; 38:2101-2107).

Recognizing stroke in kids key to treatment

Stroke doesn't affect just adults.
That's what the family of a 15-year-old Lethbridge boy has found out.