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Stroke Smart Magazine

November/December 2007

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Twice As Many Kids May Be Having Strokes
Pediatric Strokes are not as rare as we once thought. Now, researchers say new technology and better research shows the number of kids having strokes have more than doubled. In response to this trend, the University of California at San Francisco (UCFS) has started a new pediatric stroke center. 

Stroke symptoms in children are the same ones that adults exhibit.  But a neurologist, seeing these symptoms in a child, is more likely to ascribe the cause to some other brain-related function.  Neonatal strokes are even more difficult to identify because infants are much less likely to display the symptoms that a child or adult may.  This is why UCSF’s Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Center is critical, to assist in the recovery and prevention of pediatric stroke.


New Stroke Treatment?
SA team from the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland has started injecting immunoglobulin (a blood protein that fights off foreign substances) into the veins of a stroke patient. The research has show brain cells may be protected from the effects of a stroke.


Video Games for Stroke Therapy
Aphasia is the total or partial loss of the ability to use words, most often caused by a stroke or other brain injury that damages the brain's language center. Nearly one million people in the U.S. have aphasia.

In an effort to increase aphasia awareness, both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives approved resolutions declaring June 2007 National Aphasia Awareness Month. For more information about aphasia and National Aphasia Awareness Month, visit http://aphasia.org/.

Music Therapy for Stroke Survivors
Music therapy is known for helping stroke survivors regain language skill but now researches say survivors are regaining some of their memory. Studies at Beth Abraham Rehab Center in the Bronx, New York have shown that music therapy can also assist in walking, balancing and it can improve paralysis.


Senator Johnson Back at Work
After suffering a life-threatening stroke in the beginning of 2007, Senator Tim Johnson, D-S.D. has returned to work.  He says that he feels good and is taking everything “one inch at a time”.


“Weird” Treadmill Therapy for Stroke Survivors
A new, “weird” treadmill is being used in stroke therapy at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Md.  The treadmill has two belts that move in opposite directions almost like you are moon walking.  The theory is that separate nerve networks control each leg’s movement.  Scientists are using a brief workout on the treadmill to help patients regain their normal stride.


Disaboom.com: Quality of Life
There is a new website dedicated to people with disabilities.  Unique to this interactive site is its ability to specifically address quality of life issues, including job opportunities and travel.


Medicare Prevention Brochure
The new Medicare Preventative care services brochure is a quick guide to what prevention services are covered and is available by calling 1-800-STROKES


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