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Stroke

Updated 30 July 2014

Magnetic brain stimulation might aid stroke recovery

Magnetic stimulation of the brain appears to help speed recovery of speech and language in stroke survivors, a new study finds.

Magnetic stimulation of the brain appears to help speed recovery of speech and language in stroke survivors, a small new study finds.

"We are entering exciting times where we might be able in the near future to combine speech and language therapy with non-invasive brain stimulation earlier in the recovery," said Thiel, who is associate professor of neurology and neurosurgery at McGill University in Montreal. "This could result in earlier and more efficient aphasia recovery and also have an economic impact."

The researchers said that between 20% and 30% of stroke survivors suffer from aphasia (difficulties with speaking, understanding language, reading or writing).

Two stroke rehabilitation experts were cautiously optimistic about the results.

The US National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke outlines what you can do to prevent stroke.

 

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