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:http://oc1dean.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-background-story_8.html

Sunday, February 5, 2017

New stroke paralysis treatment to be tested

They don't tell you what area of the brain is being read, motor cortex? Pre-motor cortex? Executive control? What are the criteria for patients that might be helped?
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003477289
Keio University and Panasonic Corp. will begin clinical tests as early as March for putting a rehabilitation device for cerebral stroke patients into practical use.
The tests will take place under the initiative of doctors. The device will read changes in the brain waves of cerebral stroke patients and move their paralyzed fingers with the help of machines. The aim is to help them recover nerve circuits.
In a serious cerebral stroke, the nerve circuits running from the brains of patients are damaged, resulting in paralysis.
There are about 1.2 million cerebral stroke patients in Japan. About 20 percent of them have suffered serious paralysis and are unable to move their fingers, even 90 days or more after suffering a stroke. Until recently, there have been no effective methods to treat the paralysis.
A team of researchers led by two Keio University researchers — Meigen Liu, a professor of rehabilitation medicine, and Junichi Ushiba, an associate professor of science and engineering — analyzed changes in brain waves when patients intended to spread their fingers.
The researchers developed a machine to spread the patients’ fingers for them when sensors attached to their heads detected the changes, and at the same time send an electrical stimulus into the patients’ arms.
Recovery of nerve circuits is encouraged through repeating the physical movements and electrical stimulus that respond to brain waves.
Previously, 42 patients who were unable to move their fingers at all were asked to take part in special rehabilitation programs using the device for 40 minutes a day for 10 days, in addition to ordinary rehabilitation programs. Of those people, 29 were able to move their fingers again.
Hiroshi Goto, a 54-year-old research fellow of Dai-ichi Life Research Institute Inc. whose left side became paralyzed due to a brain hemorrhage in 2010, was able to move his fingers in the special rehabilitation programs.
“I repeatedly undertook other kinds of rehabilitation programs, but was unable to move my fingers at all. I once felt helpless, but now I have hope,” he said.






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  • The Yomiuri Shimbun
The clinical test will be conducted at four hospitals, including Keio University Hospital. About 20 patients will be asked to use the device, and the research team will examine its effectiveness and safety.
Toshiki Yoshimine, a special assigned professor of neurosurgery at Osaka University, said: “Rehabilitating cerebral stroke patients requires training not only their muscles but also their brains. This method is groundbreaking, and I have expectations.”Speech

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