Neurorehabilitation

Many Stroke Patients Not Receiving Timely Rehabilitation

Many Stroke Patients Not Receiving Timely Rehabilitation

Many stroke patients referred to rehabilitation services, do not actually receive these services.

Spastic Arm Paralysis Improved With C7 Nerve Transfer

Spastic Arm Paralysis Improved With C7 Nerve Transfer

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Patients who underwent C7 nerve transfer and rehabilitation experienced better functional improvement than those who underwent rehabilitation alone.

Early Discharge Services Reduce Hospital Stay, Disability After Stroke

Early Discharge Services Reduce Hospital Stay, Disability After Stroke

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Early supported discharge services may also help care facilities better manage their need for hospital beds and conventional hospital stay costs.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation May Improve Stroke Recovery

Vagus Nerve Stimulation May Improve Stroke Recovery

More patients receiving VNS experienced enhanced arm movement over a 90-day period.

Complications That Disrupt Rehabilitation Usually Avoidable

Complications That Disrupt Rehabilitation Usually Avoidable

Preventable causes include dehydration, heart failure, pneumonia, and UTIs.

Contralaterally Controlled Functional Stimulation Improves Dexterity After Stroke

Contralaterally Controlled Functional Stimulation Improves Dexterity After Stroke

Ninety-seven percent of people who received CCFES reported improved use of their hands.

Brain-Machine Interface Training Helps Restore Mobility in Paraplegics

Brain-Machine Interface Training Helps Restore Mobility in Paraplegics

A specially designed shirt produced tiny vibrations on their arms every time the avatar moved, providing tactile feedback of each step taken.

AAN Issues Practice Advisory for Etanercept in Post-Stroke Disability

AAN Issues Practice Advisory for Etanercept in Post-Stroke Disability

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AAN GDDI subcommittee seemed less than supportive of the use of etanercept in post-stroke disability.

New Guidelines for Adult Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery

New Guidelines for Adult Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery

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Communication and coordination among the healthcare team are essential for a stroke patient's survival.

Chip Implant Helps Restore Movement in Quadriplegia

Chip Implant Helps Restore Movement in Quadriplegia

Signals from the motor cortex bypass the damaged spinal cord to help the patient move their hands and arms.

Botox May Relieve Pain in Post-Stroke Spasticity

Botox May Relieve Pain in Post-Stroke Spasticity

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The results are promising, but need to be confirmed.

Right Brain Integrity Affects Speech Fluency After Stroke

Right Brain Integrity Affects Speech Fluency After Stroke

The researchers said this may indicate a premorbid anatomical variability that proves to be beneficial in recovery.

Spine Surgery, Rehabilitation Registry Created to Track Outcomes

Spine Surgery, Rehabilitation Registry Created to Track Outcomes

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The AAPM&R and the AANS are coming together to track outcomes.

Stroke Survivor Care Costs Medicare Beneficiaries $40 Billion Annually

Stroke Survivor Care Costs Medicare Beneficiaries $40 Billion Annually

The average annual cost for providing care to a stroke survivor was $11,300.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Safe, Feasible for Stroke Recovery

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Safe, Feasible for Stroke Recovery

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A preliminary study saw some promising improvements in upper-limb movement in those treated with VNS plus therapy.

ParaStep System Enables Paralyzed Man to Walk

ParaStep System Enables Paralyzed Man to Walk

The system bypasses the injured spinal cord, passing the signal from the brain through a computer before sending it to electrodes in the legs.

New DARPA Prosthetic Enables Sense of Touch

New DARPA Prosthetic Enables Sense of Touch

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The prosthetic is connected to electrodes placed on the sensory and motor cortexes in the brain.

Non-Invasive Spinal Stimulation Shows Promise for Paralysis VIDEO

Non-Invasive Spinal Stimulation Shows Promise for Paralysis VIDEO

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This is the first study to show positive effects from spinal stimulation via electrodes placed on the skin.

Intuitive Motorized Prosthetic Leg Shows Promise

Intuitive Motorized Prosthetic Leg Shows Promise

Brain-controlled movements proved more accurate compared to other technology.

Spinal Cord Injuries On the Rise Among Elderly

Spinal Cord Injuries On the Rise Among Elderly

The number of spinal cord injury in older adults increased from 28% in 1997-2000 to 66% in 2010-2012

Virtual Reality Gaming May Help Restore Function to Paretic Limbs

Virtual Reality Gaming May Help Restore Function to Paretic Limbs

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Enhancements may have helped boost the confidence of participants.

Chip Implants Enable Thought-Controlled Prosthetics

Chip Implants Enable Thought-Controlled Prosthetics

Two chips are implanted in the posterior parietal cortex (PPC), which controls the intention to move.

Robotic Exoskeleton May Improve Rehabilitation After Stroke, Brain Injury

Robotic Exoskeleton May Improve Rehabilitation After Stroke, Brain Injury

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The robotic device allows for bilateral rehab that mimics and adjusts to natural human motions.

Exoskeleton Boots May Aid in Stroke Rehabilitation

Exoskeleton Boots May Aid in Stroke Rehabilitation

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The lightweight boots use a spring-and-ratchet mechanism to reduce the energy used while walking.

Increasing Arm, Hand Therapy Did Not Benefit Motor Performance in ICARE

Increasing Arm, Hand Therapy Did Not Benefit Motor Performance in ICARE

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The differences between groups in the primary and secondary endpoints did not significantly differ.

Aerobic Exercise May Improve Motor Function, Mood After Stroke

Aerobic Exercise May Improve Motor Function, Mood After Stroke

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Forced exercise was particularly effective in improving motor function and quality of life.

Novel Spinal Implant Restores Movement in Paralyzed Rats

Novel Spinal Implant Restores Movement in Paralyzed Rats

A new spinal implant that mimics the dura mater restored movement in paralyzed rats without damaging tissue.

Remapping Damaged Brain Could Improve Rehabilitation

Remapping Damaged Brain Could Improve Rehabilitation

Activity in brain regions distant from lesion site helps remap damaged parts of the brain.

The Latest in Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery

The Latest in Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery

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Robotics, stem cell therapy, and computer-controlled interfaces are promising, but cost may slow adoption.

New Drug Relieves Paralysis in Rat Model

New Drug Relieves Paralysis in Rat Model

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A new drug tested in a rat model of spinal cord injury showed improved movement and bladder function.

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