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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New oral anticoagulants, stroke and arrhythmia: Life or Death

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…)

New oral anticoagulants, stroke and arrhythmia: Life or Death

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…)

New oral anticoagulants, stroke and arrhythmia: Life or Death

And now FASTER: Face, Arm, Speech, Time, Eyes, React

“FASTER — Face, Arm, Speech, Time, Eyes, React — may be a better acronym for the public campaign,” said Prof. Ashok Handa, senior author of the British Journal of Surgery study.

The study included 150 patients with a confirmed transient ischaemic attack or minor stroke who presented to a clinic in England during a 5-month interval in 2014. Overall 92 (61.3 per cent) of the patients had a delay in presenting to medical services. (more…)

New oral anticoagulants, stroke and arrhythmia: Life or Death

Hope for reversing stroke-induced long-term disability

A new hope for reversing stroke-induced long-term disability emerges thanks to the novel approach in a USC-led study. A human protein combined with stem cell therapy has been found to repair stroke damage to the brain, according to a new USC-led study on mice (more…)

SAFE Regional Meetings in 2016

SAFE Regional Meetings in 2016

In 2016, SAFE had four regional meetings. The first was the one for South European countries, held in Athens, Greece on 1st June 2016. The next one was in Skopje, attended mostly by SSO representatives from Balkan countries and colleagues from UK, Nederland and Poland. The third meeting was held in Oslo, Norway, on 16th June for Northern European countries. And the final meeting gathered representatives from the East of Europe in beautiful city of Krakow, Poland, on 5th July.

The  theme for all of the 2016 regional meetings was self-management of stroke and stroke clubs, as well as supporting supporters and volunteers in SAFE member’s countries, with special focus on SAFE’s activities during 2016. (more…)

New oral anticoagulants, stroke and arrhythmia: Life or Death

European Stroke Journal: September’s issue available online

September’s issue of European Stroke Journal (ESJ) is now available. The ESJ is the official publication of the European Stroke Organisation (ESO), a fully peer-reviewed journal, launched in 2016 covering clinical stroke research from all fields.

Published research includes, but is not limited to, clinical trials, epidemiology, primary and secondary prevention, diagnosis, acute and post-acute management, guidelines, translation of experimental findings into clinical practice, rehabilitation, organisation of stroke care, and societal impact. (more…)