Stroke Rehabilitation Therapy Paired with Vagus Nerve Stimulation Looks Promising for Recovering Arm Function in Small Stroke Recovery Pilot


As originally published in  27 Sep 2018 issue of Stroke.   Vagus Nerve Stimulation Paired With Upper Limb Rehabilitation After Chronic Stroke- A Blined Randomized Pilot Study STROKEAHA.118.022279 A new pilot study found that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), in addition to regular rehabilitation therapy, can double the rate of recovery for stroke patients. Important Safety Note:  Implanting a …

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New Tufts Stroke Fitness Club Coming Soon!


Get your workout in before you start your day! Announcement: New! Tufts Stroke Fitness Club If you live in or around Boston and want to meet up with a like-minded group to continue exercising regularly (or if you are simply in need of a nudge to start-up again )  here's something you might be interested …

Can Apple’s New Watch Series 4 Help With Reducing Strokes?


The Apple Watch 4 that was revealed earlier this week at the latest Apple Event will include electrocardiogram testing, often referred to as an ECG.  This test is how medical professionals check the electricity in a patient’s heart.  With this new innovation, Apple has demonstrated they are making a big move into marketing the smartwatch …

Run to Support Stroke Awareness with Tedy’s Team


Boston 2019 ? I'm tempted, that's all I can say.  Earlier this week the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) announced they have started to open registration for the 2019 Boston Marathon. My joints are still achy, my training time is limited, but something is still calling me to go back and try one more time.  Last …

Get Moving!


Latest Research Reveals: Exercise is Key!   Want to add a few years?  Not just to live longer and improve your lifespan, but to increase your healthspan.  [ Definition: healthspan –the period of a person’s life during which they are generally healthy and free from serious or chronic illness.]  Solution: Get moving!!  Study after study reveals …

Exercise, Longevity and Your Neural Health


What should I know about the role of exercise and longevity? I was recently asked this question by Emma Picard of the Attleboro based Sun Chronicle for their weekend edition focusing on Longevity  (read her article online here).  My response was simple yet this answer is often ignored and its effectiveness overlooked.  As PT’s we …

Stroke and Young Adult (SAYA) Program at Tufts Medical Center


Help needed to learn more about stroke and young adults. Can you share your story? post by David Dansereau,MSPT Know-Stroke.org A stroke is devastating at any age.  When you are forced to deal with a stroke at a young age, there are many additional challenges during your recovery.  From getting back your independence, restoring your identity and …