A robotic arm and a virtual game were essential tools in a new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine. The study results suggest that while training doesn’t change neurological repair in chronic stroke patients, it can indeed help such patients learn new motor skills and achieve more independence in their daily lives.
A report on the work is published in the journal Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair on Oct. 27. (more…)
Henry Barnett, MD, highly regarded neurologist, acclaimed stroke prevention researcher, and cofounder of the Robarts Research Institute in London, Ontario, Canada, died last week at the age of 94, a release from the Institute notes.
“He was a pioneer, a founder, and the father of the scientific and therapeutic phase of our field,” fellow cofounder Vladimir Hachinski, MD, Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences at the University of Western Ontario, told Medscape Medical News. (more…)
Today is the World Stroke Day 2016
STROKE IS TREATABLE
And treatment should be equally available across Europe
Stroke Alliance for Europe marks the World Stroke Day 2016 by joining forces with scientific and commercial partners in an attempt of measuring the actual state of stroke care across Europe, said Jon Barrick, President of SAFE.
According to the World Health Organization 17 million people worldwide suffer a stroke each year, and 6.5 million don’t survive, yet stroke, as a burden of disease, still remains little understood. (more…)
The President and Board of the WSO offered Jon Barrick, the President of SAFE, the role of being the next Chairman of the World Stroke Campaign, which he has accepted.
I think it will be good for us to be able to shape awareness and advocacy work at world level, said Barrick.
The WSD Campaign Committee and Working Group will have a lot to do in developing the new campaign theme for the 2017 World Stroke Campaign and World Stroke Day. SAFE is honoured to have our President leading the WSD17 Campaign Team. (more…)
EFNA needs people to get involved in the action to ensure access to employment for those affected by neurological disorders and chronic pain conditions.
Written Declaration no. 0112/2016 was launched on October 24th. We now have until mid-January to ensure that over half of all Ministers of the European Parliament sign this Declaration, to ensure that it does not lapse.
Please help us to achieve this goal, which will benefit all those affected by neurological and chronic pain conditions across the EU.
Stroke can happen to anyone at any age. World Stroke Day 2016 recognizes that although stroke is a complex medical issue, there are ways to significantly reduce its impact. We are calling everyone – individuals, families, communities, health professionals and governments – to join the fight against stroke. Let’s take action, drive awareness and push for better access to stroke treatments.
Stroke is the number one cause of long term severe disability. Stroke survivors and their families are dependent on progress around neurological research and neurorehabilitation to ameliorate their disability. From a patient perspective, it makes no sense for stroke to be under cardiac disease. SAFE strongly supports the previous decision ICD-11 of having all types of strokes in a single block, and that this block should be placed in the nervous system diseases chapter.
Please read below the reaction of the most eminent stroke experts to the WHO ICD-11 Classification Committee to move the newly created cerebrovascular block from neurology to circulatory disease. (more…)
NewYork-Presbyterian launched an innovative mobile stroke treatment unit in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center and the Fire Department of New York, according to a press release.
The mobile stroke treatment unit (MSTU) is an emergency vehicle deployed through 911 that is specially equipped to bring immediate care to patients who may be having a stroke. The team contains two paramedics, a CT technologist and a neurologist. The unit also contains all equipment and medications necessary to diagnosis and treat a stroke, according to the release. (more…)
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When stroke or lower extremity surgery patients have strong social and family support, they often spend less time in an inpatient rehabilitation facility, according to findings presented in the journal Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston conducted a retrospective cohort study of inpatient rehabilitation facility patients recovering from strokes or lower extremity surgeries in order to discover the patterns in shorter and longer than expected lengths of stay in these facilities. The researchers additionally wanted to examine the independent effects of social support on deviations from expected lengths of stay.
The study authors included 119,437 Medicare fee for service beneficiaries who were discharged from inpatient rehab centers in 2012 after their strokes, lower extremity fractures or lower extremity joint replacements. (more…)
October 16th – 22nd is Invisible Disabilities Week.
Let’s make the invisible visible by supporting this initiative!
Invisible disability is a term that captures a whole spectrum of hidden symptoms or challenges that are primarily neurological in nature. (more…)