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Lost for Words A disease called primary progressive aphasia gradually robs people of their language skills while leaving their minds intact. Unlike other aphasias (language impairments) caused by trauma or stroke, PPA is degenerative: It gets worse, slowly and inexorably. But unlike other degenerative conditions, like Alzheimer’s dementia, it leaves most of a patient’s mental […]

We get up on the dance floor and try to synchronize our bodies to the rhythm of the music. The toe taps, wrist flicks, and questionable twerking are transformed into a graceful physical performance. The brain is able to orchestrate these movements, signaling our joints when and how to move. There are several neural mechanisms […]

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) not caused by a heart valve problem is a type of irregular heartbeat that was estimated to affect approximately 6.4 million people in the U.S. in 2014. AFib not caused by a heart valve problem puts people at a 5 times greater risk for stroke. The Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer Alliance is […]

There are millions who suffer from stroke related aphasia, but no effective drug-based treatments exist. This amazing, music-based therapy will give them hope for recovery… Melodic Intonation Therapy could hold the secret for helping those suffering from aphasia. Aphasia is a condition that affects the brain, and leads to problems with language and in particular […]

Montana resident Jerri Thueson had a stroke two years ago when she was 49. It affected her right side and her ability to speak. “I could barely make a whole sentence,” she said. Thueson went to speech therapy and found other ways to tell people what she was thinking or what she needed. She practiced […]

An article posted in NEWS-Medical: Minutes count when treating stroke, but current diagnostics take as long as three hours, careful lab work and skilled technicians to arrive at a conclusive diagnosis. Scientists at Cornell University’s Baker Institute for Animal Health have developed a device that helps diagnose stroke in less than 10 minutes using a […]

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Top Lifestyle Tips to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease As you get older, you might worry more about diseases such as Alzheimer’s, but you can actually do a lot to lower your chances of getting it. Here are some important lifestyle tips that keep your brain young! PIX 1.pages

Busting Recovery Myths – What you need for speech & language recovery. And why you might not get it. “They told me the window for my recovery had closed. You’ve plateaued and there’s nothing more we can do for you right now.” I’ve had lots of stroke and brain-injury survivors recount similar stories. And then […]

An intracranial hemorrhage is the most devastating type of stroke. Dr. David Fiorella, an interventional neuroradiologist at Stony Brook University Medical Center, explains how the Apollo System, a new minimally invasive device, can help stroke survivors suffering from this type of stroke. StokeSmart: What is an intracranial hemorrhage? David Fiorella: Intracranial hemorrhage (ICH), or bleeding […]

Recent studies indicate that incorporating virtual reality technology—including that used in popular gaming systems like Nintendo Wii, Sony Playstation, and Microsoft Kinect—into a therapy regimen can help improve mobility and function. How it Works Virtual reality (VR) simulates real-life activities and experiences and provides feedback that makes you feel like you’re part of the gaming […]