Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
My back ground story is here:

Saturday, February 10, 2018

5 Ways To Train Your Brain For Success

Ok, pop psychology but better than anything you are getting from your doctor.

1.Learn something new every day

2.Don’t get comfortable

3. Meditate more

4. Exercise both sides of your brain

5. Improve your lifestyle

The Belief That Cuts Dementia Risk In Half

I am incredibly positive about my old age, way too many things to accomplish. I'm retiring at the end of the month, may finally catch up on my reading and writing. I'll never catch up on travel. I bet your doctor can't even espouse these simple words to help you recover.
The simple belief about old age that halves your dementia risk.
Having a positive attitude towards ageing can half the risk of developing dementia, new research finds.
People with the strongest genetic risk factor for depression — the ε4 variant of the APOE gene — were 49.8% less likely to develop the disease compared to those with a negative view of ageing.
For those without the genetic risk factor, those with positive beliefs about ageing had a 43.6% lower chance of developing dementia.
Professor Becca Levy, the study’s first author, said:
“We found that positive age beliefs can reduce the risk of one of the most established genetic risk factors of dementia.
This makes a case for implementing a public health campaign against ageism, which is a source of negative age beliefs.”
The study followed 4,765 people with an average age of 72 over four years — none of them had dementia at the start of the study.
All were asked about their attitudes towards ageing.
For example, they were asked how much they agreed with statements like “The older I get, the more useless I feel”.
Among those testing positive for high genetic risk, 6.1% with more negative attitudes towards ageing developed dementia.
In comparison, only 2.7% of people with a positive attitude towards ageing developed dementia.
Research has shown that people’s attitudes towards ageing can be changed, the authors write:
“Short- and long-term randomized controlled interventions conducted with older participants have shown that positive age beliefs can be bolstered and negative age beliefs can be mitigated with corresponding changes in cognitive and physical performance.”
Thinking positively about ageing may help to reduce the built up of damaging proteins in the brain linked to dementia.
The study’s authors write:
“The positive age beliefs of older individuals appear to provide a means of coping with exposure to ageism which is prevalent in society.
It has been shown that older participants in a positive-age-belief intervention interpreted their environment in a more age-friendly way.
The reduction of stress by positive age beliefs could potentially contribute to a lower incidence of dementia among older individuals in general and specifically among those with APOE ε4.”

The study was published in the journal PLoS One (Levy et al., 2018).

Really Easy Method For Fighting Loneliness That You Can Do Alone

I bet in the 10 years since this research came out your doctor has not incorporated it into your recovery protocols. You will need this since you will lose a majority of your friends.

Aristotle believes that there are three different kinds of friendship; that of utility, friendship of pleasure, and virtuous friendship. 

and that you will likely lose all of the first two?
The every day coping mechanism that is naturally used by resilient people.
Nostalgia can help fight loneliness and may also protect mental health, a study finds.
Thinking back to better times, even if they are tinged with some sadness, helps people cope with challenging times.
People who are more resilient naturally use nostalgia to help themselves feel better, the researchers also found.
The study’s authors write:
“Nostalgia, a sentimental longing for the past, is a self-relevant and social emotion: The self almost invariably figures as the protagonist in nostalgic narratives and is almost always surrounded by close others.
Along with close others (family members, friends, partners), the most common objects of nostalgic reverie are momentous events (birthdays, vacations) and settings (sunsets, lakes).”
Nostalgia often includes a mix of positive and negative emotions.
One remembers a far off, warm day surrounded by friends who are now far away or gone.
The feelings of camaraderie are tinged with those of loss and sadness.
However, psychologists still find that nostalgia is, on balance, a positive feeling.
The authors write:
“…recollections of nostalgic events include more frequent expressions of happiness, and induce higher levels of happiness, than of sadness.
Moreover, positive and negative elements are often juxtaposed in the form of redemption, a narrative pattern that progresses from a dismal to a triumphant life scene.”
For the study, people were made to focus on loneliness.
This had the effect of making them more nostalgic — especially among more resilient people.
The authors explain the results:
“Nostalgia magnifies perceptions of social support and, in so doing, thwarts the effect of loneliness.
Nostalgia restores an individual’s social connectedness.
…the association between loneliness and nostalgia is
particularly pronounced among highly resilient individuals.
It is these individuals who, when lonely, report high levels of nostalgia.”

The study was published in the journal Psychological Science (Zhou et al., 2008).

Neuroscience Says This Kind of Lighting Can Reduce Brainpower by 30 Percent

Does your doctor and stroke hospital have enough brains to turn up the lighting in your hospital and rehabiltation areas? Or will this never get implemented because your hospital has no one to read and implement research into practice? Why the fuck are you paying your stroke doctor and hospital anything at all for rehab?
Think about the environment in which you're reading this.
Specifically, how's the lighting?
I ask because a new laboratory study out of Michigan State University suggests that working in dim lighting can "change the brain's structure and hurt one's ability to remember and learn," according to a university press release.
The study tracked the brains of Nile grass rats in a lab experiment. Half the animals were kept in an environment where the lights were dim, simulating what humans might encounter in typical indoor lighting like an office, or outside on a cloudy midwinter day.
The other half were kept in an environment with much brighter lighting--think of a sunny day outside.
Results: The animals that were kept in dimmer light "lost about 30 percent of capacity in the hippocampus, a critical brain region for learning and memory, and performed poorly on a spatial task they had trained on previously."
"This is similar to when people can't find their way back to their cars in a busy parking lot after spending a few hours in a shopping mall or movie theater," said Antonio Nunez, a psychology professor and co-author of the study, which was published in the journal Hippocampus.
Obviously, this is a classic "lab rat" study. The researchers said they chose Nile grass rats because they share an important attribute with humans: They're diurnal, meaning they naturally wake and work during the day and sleep at night.
Also, of course, the scientists could control the amount of light that they were exposed to over a significant period of time. Try doing that with humans.
Nevertheless, the results comported with expectations. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the researchers believe that reduced lighting led to a significant reduction in a brain substance called  "brain derived neurotrophic factor." 
Reducing that substance makes it more difficult for neurons to connect with one another in the brain. 

"Since there are fewer connections being made, this results in diminished learning and memory performance that is dependent upon the hippocampus," explained Joel Soler, a doctoral graduate student who was the study's lead author.
"In other words," Soler continued, "dim lights are producing dimwits."
So, what to do with this information?
The study authors' immediate thought is about how we could possibly improve cognitive performance in elderly people, or those with glaucoma or other eye and brain conditions, by increasing their light exposure.
But you might well be thinking exactly what I was when I first heard about this study: Should my office be brighter?
So many of us work in open offices now, with lighting limited to fluorescent bulbs in the ceiling and, if you're lucky enough--a seat by a window. Is that factor alone enough to negatively impact our performance?
Is that why our company's CEO can ask me about an email I sent two days ago -- and leave me feeling like an idiot when I can't remember it at all for a minute?
It sounds quite possible, and I wonder how many of us are experiencing the same thing. Are we all in the same dimly lit boat, so to speak?
Let us know in the comments what you think. I'd also like to know informally--where are people reading this, and is the lighting around you bright enough to make you feel like you'd be doing your best work?