Breakthrough treatment incoming for stroke patients?

3 April 2012

People who have suffered a stroke could increase their chances of returning to normal health by stimulating the brain.

This is the advice which has been derived from new research by the University of Oxford, a development that could help thwart one of the most annoying challenges which stroke patients have to deal with.

For many people who have suffered a stroke, the inability to find and say words can prove very frustrating.

However, Roi Cohen Kadosh, from the University of Oxford, acknowledged: "Non-invasive brain stimulation can allow a painless, inexpensive, and apparently safe method for cognitive improvement with potential long term efficacy."

One treatment which could allow stroke patients to improve their speech and memory is transcranial direct current stimulation, which was a main focus of the research.

By applying weak electrical currents to the head over a short period of time, a patient could see their spontaneous neural activity altered for the better.

Such a treatment could represent a major medical breakthrough in the UK, seeing as the country records around 150,000 cases of the condition on an annual basis.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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