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Stroke Survivors Getting Behind the Wheel

Drivers who have had recent strokes are more likely than drivers who have not had strokes to make errors during complex driving tasks, according to two small Canadian studies presented at the International Stroke Conference 2015.

The ADA Turns 25

Starting in the ’70s, the disability rights movement learned an important lesson from the civil rights movement and got organized. Their goals were the elimination of attitudinal, communication, transportation, policy and physical barriers so as to integrate people with disabilities into society.

Volunteers Urge Congress to Increase Access to Telestroke

Last year, Nancy went to her local hospital with stroke symptoms, but there was no neurologist on site. Luckily, one 60 miles away was able to diagnose and prescribe her care virtually via stroke telemedicine or telestroke. Learn more about telestroke and see how you can help increase access to more Americans.

Four Kansas City Teen Stroke Survivors Graduating Together in 2015

In the fall of 2011, Abby Anderson, Blake Ephraim, Madeline Mudd and Molly Ogden were among several thousand freshmen starting high school in the Kansas City area. Then came a traumatic series of events, all in a two-year span. Each suffered a massive stroke.

Stroke Drops to No.5 Cause of Death in U.S.

Stroke has dropped from the nation’s fourth-leading cause of death to No. 5, according to new federal statistics. It is the second time this decade that stroke has dropped a spot in the mortality rankings.

Getting the Right Care

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, affecting nearly 800,000 people each year. Timely access to lifesaving treatments and rehabilitation are critical to improve outcomes for patients.

Eating the Right Food

Postmenopausal women who eat foods higher in potassium are less likely to have strokes and die than women who eat less potassium-rich foods, according to new research in Stroke.

Small Strokes Offer Big Info

Getting a CT scan of the brain within 24 hours of a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or a non-disabling stroke can predict when patients will be at the highest risk of another stroke or when symptoms may worsen, according to new research published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Wife of Popular TV Personality Shares What She's Learned as a Caregiver

Denise McEwen doesn't believe she ever heard the term "caregiver" before 2005. It was that November that her husband experienced a devastating stroke and she become one.

Artists in Recovery

A study by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that an interactive computer program called ‘Embedded Arts’ is safe and well-tolerated by patients receiving occupational, recreational or physical therapy.

How to be a Happy Caregiver

Stroke caregivers are happier when they continue to enjoy their own hobbies and interests, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

A New Alternative to Warfarin

A new drug not yet available in the United States was as effective in preventing strokes and safer than the blood-thinner warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation, according to a clinical trial presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013.

Another Step toward Virtual Rehab

‘Virtual reality hands’ may help survivors recover hand function

More Good News About Aspirin

Aspirin may be a promising alternative for those who can’t take long-term anticoagulant drugs that prevent clots from reoccurring in the veins, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Keep Using Your Brain

Cognitive abilities such as memory and attention are not only important after a stroke but also before, according to research published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.
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Recreation Can Help With One-Side Neglect

Adapting hobbies and other fun activities to help survivors improve one-side neglect.

Peeling an Orange with One Hand

Don't pass up on a scrumptious orange, peeling it with one hand can be done.

Managing Caregiver Expectations: Recovery

Most people choose the role of family caregiver with little or no knowledge of what they’re getting into. Stroke is a sudden occurrence that requires many decisions to be made very quickly.

Washing Under Your Unaffected Arm

Here was my challenge: when bathing, how to wash under my “good” arm considering I cannot use my affected arm and hand?

Managing Caregiver Expectations: The Medical Team

The third of a three-part series on how to use journaling as a method to help manage expectations across different aspects of your caregiving experience.

It CAN Be Done!

It’s often the very simple two-handed tasks, when approached with one hand, that seem to morph into monstrously frustrating and anything but the simple tasks we used to know. Case in point, opening cans and jars.

Tips from Survivors: Fingernail Grooming & More

Two great tips for caring for your nails with the use of only one hand plus advice for shoes, dental floss and a device that helps when peeling fruits and vegtables.

Helpful Communication Apps After Stroke

Apps and websites that may be helpful for stroke families.

Folding Laundry One-Handed

Step by step instructions that simplify folding with the use of only one hand.

Managing Caregiver Expectations: Family & Friends

The first of a three-part series on how to use journaling as a method to help manage expectations across different aspects of your caregiving experience.

Expanding Comfort Zones

It is no mystery that friends and family drift — they feel awkward because they see how hard it is for the survivor to communicate. They don’t want to aggravate him or her nor do they know how to help. For the most part, they don’t understand that aphasia is a language disorder, not a thinking or reasoning disorder. We are all so accustomed to speaking that people don’t naturally understand that intelligence and emotion are distinct from speech.