SCM July/August 2005

Updated:Dec 21,2012

Stroke Connection Magazine - Jul Aug 2005Harmonic Healing —  Music helps the brain and body men

Survivor and musician John Hopkins is the focus of this issue's feature story, "Healing through Music." For John and other survivors, music has taken on a healing role, a way to get beyond their deficits and find joy where once there was only despair.

Determined Kathy
Kathy Morelli was an avid bicyclist before her stroke. With a little help from her friends, she's on the road again.

Advances in Rehab
Two new, up-and-coming post-stroke therapies are highlighted.

Stroke, You're the Cure
Find out what ASA is doing and what you can do to make a difference.

Examining Medicare Reform
Plain-English explanations of recent changes and how they may affect stroke survivors and recovery.

Cholesterol — New Information for High-Risk Patients
When it comes to "bad" cholesterol, new guidelines for high-risk patients say "the lower the better."


Letters to the Editor features correspondence from readers about the magazine's editorial content. Further information on Central Pain Syndrome as mentioned in this issue's Letters to the Editor.

Stroke Notes features "newsy" stroke-related information on stroke research, risk education, ASA events, advocacy efforts, etc. In this issue:

  • Virtual Reality Games Spark Gains — Playing interactive virtual reality games significantly improved motor function in a small study of stroke survivors.
  • New Clot Buster — Desmoteplase, a genetically engineered blood-clot buster, is showing potential in the treatment of acute ischemic stroke.
  • Long-Term Air Pollution Exposure May Be Bad for Arteries — A study published in the February 2005 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives found that patients with long-term exposure to air pollution are more likely to develop atherosclerosis.
  • Possible Treatment for Brain Hemorrhage — A coagulation factor called NovoSeven Recombinant Activated Factor VII (rFVlla) reduced mortality and hematoma growth, and thus improved clinical outcomes for patients with acute intracerebral brain hemorrhage (ICH), according to a 2004 study.

Readers Room features personal stories, letters, poems and artwork from stroke survivors and family caregivers. 

Life at the Curb: Operation Stroke Proof
In this issue, survivor and comedian John Kawie comments on the CVA FSST (Cerebral Vascular Accident Feng Shui Stroke Team) that 'stroke-proofed' his apartment.

Everyday Survival features helpful tips for activities of daily living and resources. In this issue:

  • Without a Prescription: What You Need to Know About OTC Medicines — Medicines sold without a prescription, called over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, can contain up to 1,000 active ingredients according to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.