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Can the DASH diet decrease the risk of stroke?

Posted by on Jan 13, 2019 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study aimed to see if the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) could reduce the risk of stroke. The main finding of the study was that adherence to the DASH decreased the risk of stroke. Some background The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet was developed in 1997. It consists of 8 components: high...

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Rhythmic auditory stimulation improves impaired gait in patients with stroke

Posted by on Dec 21, 2018 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the effect of gait (walking ability) training with auditory stimulation (AS; training the movements through hearing sounds such as music) in patients with stroke. Researchers suggested that AS helps improving gait in these patients. Some background Stroke is an acute disorder caused by insufficient oxygen being...

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Electromechanical and robot-assisted arm training for improving arm muscle strength and function after a stroke

Posted by on Dec 11, 2018 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell The aim of this study was to investigate how effective electromechanical (EM) and robot-assisted (RA) arm training is for improving arm strength and function after a stroke. The main finding of the study was that patients who used electromechanical and robot-assisted arm training might improve their arm function and strength. Some...

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Can Prozac help in the treatment of difficult swallowing in patients with stroke?

Posted by on Dec 11, 2018 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated whether fluoxetine (Prozac) improves dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing) after stroke. Researchers suggested that this therapy improves swallowing function in patients who had a stroke. Some background A stroke consists of poor blood flow to the brain which results in the death of brain cells. This can be...

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Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is a safe option to treat upper limb stiffness in patients with stroke

Posted by on Dec 8, 2018 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study compared extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) and botulinum toxin type A (BOT) for the treatment of stiff upper limbs (arms) after a stroke. Researchers suggested that ESWT is a safe and effective option for the treatment of these patients. Some background Stroke is one of the leading causes of adult disability in most...

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Do bisphosphonates prevent fractures in elderly patients with stroke and Parkinson’s disease?

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the effectiveness of bisphosphonates (BPT) to prevent hip fractures in elderly patients with stroke and Parkinson’s disease. Researchers suggested that BPTs reduced the risk of fracture in these patients. Some background The risk of fracture is high in elderly patients with stroke and Parkinson’s...

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Balance training and lateral insoles improve walking ability in patients with stroke

Posted by on Nov 27, 2018 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated if balance training and the use of lateral wedges insoles increase walking ability in patients with stroke. Researchers suggested that both therapies improve the walking capacity of these patients. Some background Patients with stroke usually experience mental and movement complications. Most patients can recover...

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Repetitive peripheral sensory stimulation to treat arm paralysis in patients with stroke

Posted by on Nov 22, 2018 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the effects of repetitive peripheral sensory stimulation (RPSS) in the recovery of the arm movements of patients with stroke. Researchers suggested that RPSS is a safe and effective treatment for these patients. Some background Stroke is a major cause of disability worldwide. Arm paralysis (absence of movement) is...

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Can thyroid function tests predict outcomes after a stroke?

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated if fatigue (tiredness) after a stroke is associated with the blood levels of the thyroid hormone TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). Researchers suggested that TSH levels may have a role in fatigue after a stroke. Some background Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the US. A stroke consists of a...

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A link between low vitamin D and brain small vessel disease

Posted by on Oct 21, 2018 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study looked at the link between low vitamin D and cerebral (brain) small vessel disease in patients with a stroke. The authors concluded that patients with low vitamin D levels had a greater burden of cerebral small vessel disease. Some background Cerebral small vessel disease (cSVD) refers to problems associated with small blood...

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