Noninvasive Brain Stimulation May Aid Stroke Recovery

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Small study found significant improvements in partially paralyzed patients

A noninvasive method of brain stimulation helped partially paralyzed stroke patients regain a significant amount of muscle function, a new study indicates.

It included 60 people who suffered an ischemic stroke (caused by reduced blood flow to the brain) and were left with mild to moderate muscle weakness on one side of their body.

Twenty patients received transcranial magnetic stimulation applied at a five hertz (Hz) session daily for 10 days over the side of the brain affected by the stroke, 20 received a one Hz session of the unaffected side of the brain for the same time period, and 20 received placebo treatment sessions over a 10-day period. All the patients underwent the same physical therapy.

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