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Breakthrough Treatment Offers Hope for Stroke Recovery - November-03-12

Scientists at Ain Shams University in Egypt wanted to know if using magnets to stimulate the neurons in the brains of stroke patients could help them recover from their post-stroke paralysis. To find out, they recruited a group of 60 stroke sufferers who had mild to moderate muscle weakness down one side of the body.

The study participants were divided into three groups. One group received magnetic stimulation to the half of the brain affected by the stroke. The second group received magnetic stimulation to the half of the brain not affected by the stroke, and the third group served as a control and did not receive any magnetic stimulation.

The results were quite exciting.

Both treatment groups saw significant improvements. They gained more control over fine motor movements like the ones used for writing or cutting up food, and they also saw a measurable improvement in bigger-muscle activities like walking as well.

In other words they were actually recovering from their paralysis and not just learning to work around it, as is often the case with traditional therapies.

Perhaps equally exciting was the finding that the success of the therapy was not tied to the amount of time that had elapsed since a patient had a stroke. In fact, the rTMS was just as effective for those participants who had a stroke three years ago as it was for those who had suffered one within the last month.

Unfortunately there arenít any rTMS-treatment centers in the United States yet. But with the results of this latest research the therapy will in all likelihood eventually be adopted as a regular tool in stroke-rehabilitation programs.

In the meantime, you can check for any open clinical trials using rTMS at And if youíre willing to travel, you may want to consider a visit to Canada for treatment.

by Alice Wessendorf

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