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Stroke Stimulator

 

Recovery after a stroke can be a long and frustrating journey. Now researchers hope to shorten the trip with an experimental therapy.

Researchers are testing electrical stimulation on stroke-damaged brains. In a Northwestern University study, surgeons implant tiny electrodes on the surface of the brain where movement was affected by the stroke. The electrodes are connected to a small generator implanted in the patient's chest.

Dr. Robert Levy says brain stimulation may either encourage new neural connections in the stroke area - or train nearby healthy cells to take over the job of the damaged cells.

Researchers are in phase three of the clinical trial. If you're interested in participating and want to see if you are eligible call 888-546-9779 or 312-238-1427.

For information about the procedure:

Northstar Neuroscience, Inc., http://www.northstarneuro.com/news_stroke.html, or call (888) 546-9779

For general information on stroke:

American Stroke Association, http://www.strokeassociation.org

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, http://www.ninds.nih.gov