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.
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Newcastle U. testing wearable to restore hand, arm function in stroke survivors

What else is your doctor looking at to restore your arm and hand function?  ANYTHING AT ALL? Or just sitting on his/her ass waiting for SOMEONE ELSE TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM.
Newcastle University is testing a wearable device in partially paralyzed stroke patients to see if it can restore hand and arm function.
The device, about the size of a mobile phone, strengthens connections between the brain and spinal cord by delivering electrical shocks to the arm and making audible clicks, according to a statement. The treatment is delivered via a pad on the arm and an earpiece. The clicks and electrical stimulation are delivered continuously.
"We think that if they wear this for 4 hours a day we will be able to see a permanent improvement in their extensor muscle connections which will help them gain control on their hand,” said Stuart Baker, a professor of movement neuroscience at Newcastle University, in the statement.
In a human study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the researchers found that using the miniaturized device strengthened the signal pathway, known as the reticulospinal tract, in 15 out of 25 participants. Now, the university is collaborating with the Institute of Neurosciences in Kolkata, India on a 150-participant clinical trial. They expect data by the end of the year.
Stroke patients often have partial paralysis of the arms, typically on just one side. Only 15% of them spontaneously regain the use of their hand and arm. And while efforts have been made to fortify brain connections using similar methods, these have all required unwieldy equipment that used mains electricity, according to the statement.

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