In a nutshell This study investigated the effect of theta-burst stimulation (TBS) and low-frequency magnetic stimulation (LFMS) in patients with stroke and arm impairment. Researchers suggested that TBS and LFMS combined with physical therapy improved arm function in these patients. Some background Stroke is one of the main causes of chronic...Read More
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Robot-assisted left-hand training improves hemispatial neglect in elderly patients with stroke
In a nutshell This study investigated the effectiveness of robot-assisted left-hand training in older patients with stroke and hemispatial neglect (HN). Researchers suggested that robot-assisted hand training improves HN in these patients. Some background Stroke is a condition that affects the brain. The blood flow to the brain stops due to...Read More
Home-based graded motor imagery training improves arm function in patients with stroke
In a nutshell This study investigated the effect of home-based graded motor imagery (GMI) training in the treatment of patients with stroke and arm impairment. Researchers suggested that adding GMI training to standard stroke therapy improves arm recovery. Some background More than 795,000 people in the US have a stroke every year. It...Read More
Which statin is best for preventing strokes?
In a nutshell This study compared several statin medications for the prevention of cardio-cerebrovascular (CCV) events such as strokes, heart attacks of death. It found that atorvastatin (Lipitor), pitavastatin (Livalo), rosuvastatin (Crestor), and simvastatin (Zocor) were all equally effective at preventing CCV events. Some background The most common...Read More
Can diet reduce the risk of a second stroke?
In a nutshell This study looked at the effect of different diets on the risk of a second stroke in patients who had already suffered one stroke. It found that the Mediterranean diet (MD), reduction of salt intake, and folic acid supplements may reduce the risk of a second stroke. Some background Diet is an important factor in the development of...Read More
A Silent Condition: Chronic Kidney Disease
March is National Kidney Month. People don’t think about their kidneys until something goes wrong with them. Several Medivizor blog posts have described the structures in the kidney, the connection between kidneys and blood pressure, and kidney stones and the risk of heart attack or stroke. Chronic Kidney Disease is another kidney problem but it is...Read More
Does intensive cholesterol-lowering therapy affect the risk of hemorrhagic stroke?
In a nutshell This study investigated the effect of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels on hemorrhagic stroke risk. Researchers suggested that the use of intensive cholesterol-lowering therapy is not associated with an increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke. Some background A stroke might happen due to a blood clot (ischemic) or a burst...Read More
Botulinum toxin A improves shoulder pain and movement in patients with stroke
In a nutshell This study investigated the effectiveness of Botulinum toxin A (Botox; BTA) in treating shoulder pain in stroke survivors. Researchers suggested that BTA improves pain and shoulder movement in these patients. Some background A stroke happens when the blood flow to the brain is cut off. This may be due to a blood clot or a burst blood...Read More
Which antiplatelet drug is best for stroke prevention, cilostazol or aspirin?
In a nutshell This study compared two antiplatelet medications that are used to prevent strokes, cilostazol (Pletal) and aspirin. They found that patients treated with cilostazol were less likely to have a second stroke, or a brain bleed compared to aspirin. Some background An ischaemic stroke results from a blockage...Read More
Looking for stroke survivors to test three different recovery treatments
In a nutshell This trial is comparing conventional physical therapy, a powered exoskeleton (PE), and a combination of both treatments for stroke survivors. The main outcome will be the change in walking and balance before and after treatment. This trial will be conducted in California, US. The details A stroke happens when the blood flow to the brain...Read More
Which anti-platelet drug is most effective for preventing stroke?
In a nutshell This study looked at the use of antiplatelet medications to prevent stroke. They found that patients taking aspirin or ticlopidine (Ticlid) were less likely to have a second stroke than patients taking clopidogrel (Plavix). Some background The most common type of stroke is called an ischaemic stroke. Ischaemic stroke means that...Read More
Is a combination of bempedoic acid and ezetimibe an effective treatment for high cholesterol?
In a nutshell This study looked at the effectiveness of a combination of bempedoic acid (Nexletol) and ezetimibe (Ezetrol) in lowering cholesterol. It found that this treatment combination significantly lowered cholesterol levels. Some background High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Statins are the most commonly used...Read More