Treatment to reduce the number of people suffering a stroke can help the NHS balance the books, writes Victoria Fletcher
Understanding Stroke 2014
Stroke is the third biggest cause of death in the UK and the largest single cause of severe disability, costing the NHS over £2.8 billion. Despite advancements in the delivery of stroke related services there are still alarming deficiencies; most notably a geographical inconsistency in access to quality stroke facilities. This report raises national awareness on how to minimise risk of stroke and looks at how technology is advancing stroke recovery at home.
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Scientists have discovered that the brain can “rewire” itself after stroke damage and are devising fun forms of rehabilitation, as Murad Ahmed reports
The brain’s ability to reprogramme itself, known as neural plasticity, is being applied to help stroke patients recover lost movement in limbs using the latest technological advances. Murad Ahmed showcases four of the most promising developments which offer the prospect of a brighter future for those in stroke rehabilitation
Smartphones, tablets and games consoles are being used to harness technology for stroke recovery at home, writes Murad Ahmed