Another stroke overlooked in a young adult


It took 30 minutes for friends and coworkers to call 911 and get help for then 19 year old Phoebe Dow.   They were trying to figure out, “Are you Ok”?  “Are you intoxicated?” Phoebe was not OK, she was having a stroke.  But, that couldn’t be, right?  “Everyone knows kids and young adults can’t  have […]

The Future of PFO Closure: Is the Glass Half Full or Empty?


Was the PFO tipping point reached with the results of the recent RESPECT Clinical Trial? Not Sure, because if you gather all the recent PFO press headlines you’ll still be left wondering what it all means.  Here’s a sampling: St. Jude Device to Close Heart Holes Fails to Prevent Stroke BloombergNeither study determined that St. Jude’s […]

Strokes on the rise for children, according to the American Stroke Association | abc7chicago.com


“Strokes in children often go unrecognized”….. http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/health&id=8855765

Gore Medical Products Division Purchases Closure 1 Data from NMT Medical


  The purchase of  this stroke and PFO (patent foramen ovale) data from Closure 1 as well as intellectual property is reported to be ” in the spirit of collaboration and in the interest of advancing scientific and medical understanding”. posted by David Dansereau for know-stroke.org FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Oct 19, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — W. […]

“Upload” more Brain Power? Is this the future of Stroke Rehab/Recovery ?


While researching emerging technologies for brain recovery as part of my new book, I started following the work that the MIT Media Lab is doing especially the work of Ed Boyden a biological engineer and brain and cognitive scientist.   If you have the time go watch the video he did for TED below, this is […]

Exercise Guidelines for PFO Patients Needed


The PFO Research Foundation recently met in Washington, DC for its first PFO Summit.  I attended the event and was hoping for both practical and selfish reasons to get some clarity on exercise guidelines from some of the world’s top authorities on PFO.  Instead, what I learned in one of the breakout sessions aimed at […]

Time is Brain (and we still need to know more about PFO and Stroke…)


As you might be aware May is Stroke Awareness Month. I hope that you take some time this month to review and advance your knowledge on stroke!  To keep up to date, I just finished viewing a replay on the Rhode Island Hospital (Providence) website where they created a stroke e-presentation for the EMS Community featuring Dr. […]

Do stroke victims work harder using new gaming technologies?


Research Update: Recently I had the chance to try out the Nintendo Wii Fit system for the first time. I’ll plan to follow up with a post later on my thoughts on this device as a stroke rehabilitation tool. Since using the system and forming my own opinion, I wanted to research how other therapists […]