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Aerobic exercise after stroke turbo-boosts blood flow to parts of brain responsible for cognition

Aerobic exercise training following stroke, as delivered through a cardiac rehabilitation program, increases blood flow throughout the brain, according to a study at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. The small study, funded by the HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery, compared seven people who took part in a six-month training program with 13 people who did not exercise. Brain imaging showed blood flow increased by as much as 20 percent

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Prescription for recovery? Researchers determine ideal DOSE of exercise to improve walking, thinking and quality of life after stroke

Determining Optimal post-Stroke Exercise (DOSE) trial is the first study to control for exercise intensity and dose early after stroke.  Preliminary data have found that individuals post-stroke in in-patient rehabilitation programs may be able to tolerate more exercise during their day. Funded by the HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery and led by researchers in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto, the goal of the DOSE trial is determine

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Hand-held iRecover tablet delivers in-hospital stroke rehabilitation and kickstarts recovery

The reality is that at least 50 per cent of Canadians who experience a stroke do not receive the optimal amount of rehabilitation while in the hospital, and many patients spend hours waiting around for their next therapy session. Researchers at the Ottawa Hospital are trying to change that. They have developed a fully-loaded hand-held tablet, called iRecover, with apps to assess communication skills and deliver speech therapy to patients at the bedside.

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A long-distance relationship that works! E-therapy helps stroke patients in rural communities regain speech

Canadian Stroke Congress news: Telerehabilitation is an effective way to deliver speech therapy to people after stroke, according to a study by Toronto and Winnipeg researchers. More than a third of people who have a stroke experience communication loss – the inability to speak, read or process language. However, many Canadians don’t have access to therapy because they live in rural or remote areas. This study, involving researchers at Baycrest

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UBC invests $1.5M in national effort to fast-track stroke recovery research

Heart & Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery links leading research institutions to find better ways to restore lives affected by stroke TORONTO _ The University of British Columbia has joined the Heart and Stroke Foundation and six leading academic research groups to build an international powerhouse in stroke recovery research, research leaders announced today at the Canadian Stroke Congress. UBC’s investment of $1.5

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