New devices causing ‘paradigm shift’ in stroke care

New devices causing ‘paradigm shift’ in stroke care

New devices called stent retrievers, which effectively reverse strokes, have revolutionized the treatment of certain stroke patients, says sciencedaily.com citing an article in the journal Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics.

“Stent retrievers are a major advance in acute ischemic stroke care and will have significant impact on the evolution of stroke systems of care,” according to the article by Loyola Medicine neurologists Rick Gill, MD and Michael J. Schneck, MD. Dr. Gill is the outgoing chief resident and Dr. Schneck is a professor in the Department of Neurology of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. (more…)

A historical moment for the fight against stroke in Portugal: Portugal AVC is here

A historical moment for the fight against stroke in Portugal: Portugal AVC is here

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“. (more…)

What if everyone over 55 was offered a pill to prevent heart attacks and strokes?

What if everyone over 55 was offered a pill to prevent heart attacks and strokes?

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: https://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. (more…)

Virtual world improves communication following stroke

Virtual world improves communication following stroke

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. (more…)

TOGETHER AGAINST STROKE: SAFE, ESO and the Industry

TOGETHER AGAINST STROKE: SAFE, ESO and the Industry

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. (more…)

New electrical stimulation to improve hand function after stroke

New electrical stimulation to improve hand function after stroke

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. (more…)

Family and friends are “the best medicine” for the better life quality

Family and friends are “the best medicine” for the better life quality

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. (more…)

The President of SAFE on Serbian TV: Try and fight this terrible illness

The President of SAFE on Serbian TV: Try and fight this terrible illness

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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A historical moment for the fight against stroke in Portugal: Portugal AVC is here

New oral anticoagulants, stroke and arrhythmia: Life or Death

The new oral anticoagulants provide the same stroke prevention as warfarin but cause less intracranial bleeding, reports an observational study in more than 43,000 patients presented at ESC Congress 2016 by Dr Laila Staerk, a research fellow at Herlev and Gentofte University Hospital, Denmark.

“Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac rhythm disorder and currently affects more than 10 million Europeans,” said Dr Staerk. (more…)

A historical moment for the fight against stroke in Portugal: Portugal AVC is here

Brain perceives taste with all senses, scientific evidence reveals

The phrase “it looks so good you can almost taste it” may actually be scientifically proven based on the findings of a new study by Stony Brook University researchers that explored how the brain processes stimuli predicting taste. They discovered that the gustatory cortex, the part of the brain that mediates the conscious perception of taste, relies on all the senses to anticipate taste. (more…)