Sunday, April 18, 2010
Clinical study shows patients gain limb movement years after stroke (USA)
"Patients show modest yet meaningful gains in limb movement and an improved outlook on life years after suffering a stroke, a major clinical study has found. The paper, published online this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, provides the best evidence yet that stroke sufferers in a controlled study can regain limb movement long after an injury, through intensive therapy with specially trained personnel and newly created robotic aids. 'There are about 6.4 million stroke patients in the U.S. with chronic deficits. We've shown that with the right therapy, they can see improvements in movement, everyday function, and quality of life,' said Albert Lo, assistant professor of neurology at Brown University and the study's lead author. 'This is giving stroke survivors new hope.'