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National Stroke Association
National Stroke Association
September 2013

Two New Spasticity Resources
Treatment Webinar

Spasticity is a condition that does not allow someone to voluntarily relax their muscles. Learn about treatments in this educational webinar on Sept. 17, led by Dr. Mary Elizabeth Nelson, DNP, RN, APNP, nurse practitioner at the Medical College of Wisconsin and specialist in spasticity management.

Webinar iconTuesday, Sept. 17, 2013
7-7:45 p.m. CDT

Register for this webinar

This webinar is sponsored by Medtronic, Inc.

Support Group Program

National Stroke Association’s Spasticity-in-a-box program for support groups is now available. Our second offering of meeting materials for stroke support groups includes:

  • A DVD of the iHOPE: Getting a Grip on Spasticity webinar
  • A discussion guide for group activities
  • Act FAST magnets and wallet cards

Order todayQuantities are limited—order your complimentary Spasticity-in-a-box program for your stroke support group by calling 1-800-STROKES (787-6537) or emailing supportgroups@stroke.org.

This program is sponsored by an educational grant from the Allergan and Medtronic Foundation.

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Unpredictable Emotions?

Pseudobulbar Affect video title pagePseudobulbar affect (PBA) is a medical condition characterized by sudden and uncontrollable episodes of crying or laughing. PBA can occur in stroke survivors and is thought to affect more than 1 million people in the U.S.

Only a doctor can diagnose PBA. However, the Center for Neurologic Study-Lability Scale (CNS-LS), developed by healthcare professionals, can help you assess whether you have symptoms of PBA.

» Watch a video about PBA.
» Take the CNS-LS assessment.

To order a DVD of the video, call 1-800-STROKES (787-6537).
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Your Story Can Make a Big Impact

sanLogo.pngYour elected officials make decisions that affect stroke diagnosis, treatment and recovery. But many of them don’t have any experience with stroke. You have that experience and your elected officials need to hear about it! But how?

Register for this webinarJoin us for an online training on Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. EDT on how to effectively communicate your stroke story to your elected officials. Your story can impact the decisions of lawmakers in Washington, D.C., or in your state capital. Those changes can help prevent future strokes, ensure access to therapy services, provide supportive services for caregivers and much more.
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Run With Us

Stroke Challenge Team Shirt GraphicTime is running out—join more than 40,000 people taking on 26.2 miles through New York City this fall. By joining our 2013 ING New York City Marathon Stroke Challenge team, you can participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Join this team

Apply to our team
by Sept. 14 and you can get a free Stroke Challenge shirt. Challenge yourself in the celebration of stroke awareness and show your community what stroke means to you. We want you on our roster!
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Stroke Clinical Update photoClinical trials use volunteers to test new medicines or medical devices for safety and effectiveness before they are made available to the public. National Stroke Association’s website provides detailed information about clinical trials.

This page also provides information about featured trials, such as PRISM II, a trial to study a treatment for post-stroke pseudobulbar affect and PLUS, a study evaluating an investigational medication for people with post-stroke spasticity of the lower limb.

The process of enrolling in a clinical trial can be confusing. CureLauncher provides a free, personalized clinical trial matching service that matches people to any of more than 200 stroke-related clinical trials.

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Corporate Alliance Board Members

Chairman level
Allergan, Inc. • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Genentech, Inc.

Executive level
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company/Pfizer Inc. Partnership 
 Medtronic, Inc.  

Director level
Acorda Therapeutics
Allsup, Inc.Avanir Pharmaceuticals
  • Bioness Inc. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. LundbeckPatterson Medical 

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