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Stroke

New way to help stroke victims

12 years, 9 months ago

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Posted on Nov 07, 2006, 9 a.m. By Bill Freeman

Australian medical researchers are using brain stimulation to shock the body of stroke victims back into action. Doctors at the University of Adelaide say the stimulation helps to get a stroke patient's muscles to work again. "If we make the brain more excitable, it allows training to establish new connections within the brain more easily," a spokesman for the university team told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Australian medical researchers are using brain stimulation to shock the body of stroke victims back into action.

Doctors at the University of Adelaide say the stimulation helps to get a stroke patient's muscles to work again.

"If we make the brain more excitable, it allows training to establish new connections within the brain more easily," a spokesman for the university team told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Doctors measured patients' dexterity, grip and strength. They found those given the brain stimulation, along with physiotherapy, regained more strength and flexibility in their hands.

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