Life after stroke: Tips for recovering communication skills

Life after stroke: Tips for recovering communication skills

Stroke can lead to ongoing communication problems, but recovery is often possible.

The source: medicalnewstoday.com
Written by Yvette Brazier

Every year in the United States, more than 795,000 people have a stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Furthermore, the United Kingdom’s Stroke Association note that 1 in 3 people will experience communication problems after a stroke.

Unfortunately, we often judge people on how well they communicate. From the outside, a person who has difficulty speaking may appear to have difficulty thinking, too, but this is not necessarily true. (more…)

Stroke at 34 – Interview with Diana Wong Ramos from Portugal AVC

Stroke at 34 – Interview with Diana Wong Ramos from Portugal AVC

by Jennifer Thomsen | 17.1.2017 |published on eso-stroke.org

Interview with a Stroke Survivor who had stroke at 34

By Francesca Romana Pezzella (Italy) and Anita Arsovska (Macedonia)

Diana Wong Ramos is a 39 year old stroke survivor, whom we met during the SAFE (Stroke Alliance for Europe) Conference in Amsterdam, 6th -9th of December, 2016. Diana is a brave young woman who had recently founded the Stroke Support Organization in Portugal, her Country, (Portugal AVC) together with Antonio Concenicao. (more…)

The lasting effects of ministrokes may contribute to dementia

The lasting effects of ministrokes may contribute to dementia

Evidence overwhelmingly supports a link between cognitive decline (including dementia) and cerebrovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis, arteriolosclerosis, and cerebral amyloid angiopathy. Not only do individuals with cerebrovascular diseases have a much higher incidence of cortical microinfarcts (mini-strokes), but post-mortem histological and in vivo radiological studies also find that the burden of microinfarcts is significantly greater among people with vascular cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID) than in age-matched, non-demented individuals.

Until now, the mechanisms by which these miniscule lesions (~0.05 to 3 millimeters in diameter) contribute to cognitive deficits including dementia have been poorly understood. (more…)

Classic video game system used to improve understanding of the brain

Classic video game system used to improve understanding of the brain

Researchers use Donkey Kong video game to help guide new approaches in neuroscience

The complexity of neural networks makes them difficult to analyze, but human made computing systems should be simpler to understand. In a study published in PLOS Computational Biology, researchers applied widely used neuroscience approaches to analyze the classic games console Atari 2600 – which runs the video game “Donkey Kong” – and found that such approaches do not meaningfully describe how the console’s microprocessor really works. (more…)

People with forms of early-onset Parkinson’s disease and Vitamin B3 diet

People with forms of early-onset Parkinson’s disease and Vitamin B3 diet

People with certain forms of early-onset Parkinson’s disease may benefit from boosting the amount of niacin in their diet, according to new research from the University of Leicester.

Niacin, or Vitamin B3, is found in a variety of foods, including nuts and meat.

The team from the MRC Toxicology Unit at the University of Leicester studied fruit flies with a mutation that mimics the human disease. (more…)

European response to chronic diseases – the role of civil society

European response to chronic diseases – the role of civil society

Published on ncdalliance.org

Brussels, Belgium – On the 12th and 13th of December 2016, the NCD Alliance and the European Chronic Disease Alliance (ECDA) co-organised a European meeting on the role of civil society in the regional response to NCDs. The meeting, co-sponsored by the World Health Organisation, convened NCD Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the region and brought together 67 participants from 22 countries across Europe. It aimed to share experiences, strengthen networks and increase capacity to drive advocacy, policy and accountability as well as to support implementation of the 2016-2025 WHO European Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs and other regional NCD priorities. (more…)

Stroke therapists launch free online guide to neuro rehab apps

Stroke therapists launch free online guide to neuro rehab apps

Published on www.csp.org.uk

Physiotherapists in North Devon have helped develop a free online guide to help carers, clinicians and therapists find suitable apps for neuro rehabilitation.

The mytherapy website was created by the stroke and brain injury team at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

Image source: https://www.my-therappy.co.uk/

The team, including CSP members Emma Cork and Louise Holmes, has been using apps as part of their assessment and treatment for more than four years. The new website is a toolkit for stroke patients and clinicians of apps they have found to work well. (more…)

One of the most potent ways to improve health: The social support patients already have

One of the most potent ways to improve health: The social support patients already have

Leveraging existing relationships with friends and family may be a more effective way to improve patients’ health and encourage new healthy habits and behaviors than increasing interactions with physicians or other clinicians. In a new perspective published by the New England Journal of Medicine, Penn Medicine behavioral economists suggest a five-step ladder to effectively engineering social engagements that promote health and to test their acceptability and effectiveness. (more…)

Good news: Frequent sauna bathing may protect men against dementia

Good news: Frequent sauna bathing may protect men against dementia

Image: pixabay.com

Frequent sauna bathing may protect men against dementia, Finnish study suggests.

Frequent sauna bathing can reduce the risk of dementia, according to a recent study carried out at the University of Eastern Finland. In a 20-year follow-up, men taking a sauna 4-7 times a week were 66% less likely to be diagnosed with dementia than those taking a sauna once a week. The association between sauna bathing and dementia risk has not been previously investigated. (more…)

9 ways to never have a stroke: These simple steps can lower your risk

9 ways to never have a stroke: These simple steps can lower your risk

By Teresa Dumain, first published here

Women are at greater risk for stroke than men, but these simple steps can lower your risk.

Midlife women are twice as likely as men to have strokes, an alarming fact in and of itself. But what’s even more alarming is that if you crunch the numbers, it just doesn’t make any sense. Men smoke more, drink more, and see their doctors less—probably to avoid confessing their sins. Cigarettes and alcohol up the risk of stroke, yet each year, about 55,000 more women than men suffer from them. (more…)