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Researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center and American University have shown that, like humans, mustached bats use the left and right sides of their brains to process different aspects of sounds. Aside from humans, no other animal that has been studied, not even monkeys or apes, has proved to use such hemispheric specialization for sound […]

The exchange of words, speaking and listening in conversation, may seem unremarkable for most people, but communicating with others is a challenge for people who have aphasia, an impairment of language that often happens after stroke or other brain injury. Aphasia affects about 1 in 250 people, making it more common than Parkinson’s Disease or […]

Workaholics May Face Higher Stroke Risk: Study Lack of exercise, stress and higher drinking rates could be to blame, researchers say WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Millions of workers who put in lots of overtime may be upping their odds for a stroke, a new study contends. “Working long hours is associated with […]

Do you tend to look on the sunny side, or do you see a future filled with dark, stormy skies? A growing body of research suggests that having a positive outlook can benefit your physical health. NIH-funded scientists are working to better understand the links between your attitude and your body. They’re finding some evidence […]

This article posted by Crystal Phend Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today Spreading out speech therapy during the chronic phase of post-stroke aphasia is better than a shorter intensive course with the same total rehab “dose,” a small study showed. Doing 6 hours per week for 8 weeks yielded significantly greater improvements on word retrieval measured […]

Stroke Hastens Cognitive Decline Cognitive scores drop faster after stroke, and impairment more likely – article by Crystal Phend Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today Stroke is associated with accelerated cognitive decline and a higher onset of cognitive impairment, researchers found. Global cognition dropped by an average 0.10 points on the six-point Six-Item Screener immediately after […]

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In one of the first studies of its kind, brain researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have found that transcranial direct current stimulation significantly improved language skills in patients suffering from primary progressive aphasia, a rare nervous system syndrome that impairs language capabilities. The findings will […]

Giving uric acid (UA) with intravenous thrombolytic therapy to patients with acute ischemic stroke could help improve 90-day outcomes, particularly in women, Spanish researchers have found. Read More

Researchers in The University of Arizona’s Aphasia Research Project, assisted by volunteer participants, study how physical brain structure and speaking, reading and writing disorders are related. They are discovering more effective treatments not only for those with speech problems, but for those with spelling and writing disorders, called “agraphia,” those with reading disorders, called “alexia,” […]

According to a study released at the International Stroke Conference, gender plays a role in a caregiver’s health. The study revealed that women, especially those caring for their spouses, were much more likely to develop serious health conditions, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. Women Are More At Risk In general, female caregivers […]