September 23rd, 2016, is a day that can be in the history of the fight against stroke in Portugal: The 1st associative entity was founded, and is officially legalized, nationwide, led by survivors of stroke, although including families, health professionals, caregivers and friends who embrace this cause. The name of this newly founded stroke support organisation is the PT.AVC – Union of Survivors, Family and friends, also known as “Portugal AVC“.


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The author of the article: Richard Smith, Chair of Patients Know Best and icddr,b (formerly International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh) and former editor of the BMJ.

Article published on: http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/

Cardiovascular disease accounts for just over a quarter of deaths (27 per cent) in Britain and costs the economy £15 billion a year, £11 billion of which are the costs of health care. Each year 41,000 people die prematurely (under 75) from cardiovascular disease. We know how to prevent half, and possibly three-quarters, of these deaths, but at the moment we are failing to do so.


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A virtual reality world called EVA Park can improve the communication of those who have impaired speech and language following a stroke, according to research by academics at City University London.

The study, which is published in PLOS ONE, is the first exploration of multi-user virtual reality in aphasia therapy and shows the potential for technology to play an important role in improving the everyday lives of people with the condition.


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For too long the approach to raising the issues around stroke care has been fragmented. Commercial, patient and professional voices are often involved in separate campaigns leading to noise in the system that decision makers have all too easily been able to ignore. For this reason, on September 13th, Stroke Alliance for Europe European invited Stroke Organisation to host together a meeting with numerous representatives of the industry and communication agencies in the Stroke Association House, London.


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A new electrical stimulation therapy helped stroke survivors with hand weakness improve hand dexterity more than an existing stimulation technique, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

About 800,000 people in the United States have strokes each year, according to the American Heart Association. Stroke usually results in some degree of paralysis or partial paralysis on one side of the body, which can result in survivors having difficulty opening a hand. A common therapy in stroke rehabilitation uses low levels of electric current to stimulate the paralyzed muscles to open the hand, improve muscle strength and possibly restore hand function. Stimulation intensity, cycle timing, and repetitions are set by a therapist.


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Sometimes the best medicine is the care of family and friends.

Strong social support is related to shorter stay in inpatient rehab after hospitalization

A recent study from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston showed that patients with strong social support from family and friends spend less time in an inpatient rehabilitation facility. This study is currently available in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.


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On the morning of 9th September 2016, the President of SAFE, Jon Barrick made an appearance on Serbian national TV as the main guest of the Morning show. The topics discussed were all related to stroke, its prevention, treatment and rehabilitation across Europe, as well as the role of stroke support organisations in this matter.

You can watch the video clip here. Since it is in Serbian language, please read below the translated transcript of the conversation between Jon Barrick and the host of the Morning show.


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