SCM July/August 2006

Updated:Oct 30,2013

Stroke Connection Magazine - Jul Aug 2006New Directions in Rehab

This month’s feature examines new developments in neuroscience that will affect rehab. The article discusses:

  • A robotic knee brace being developed at Spaulding Rehab in Boston;
  • Cell therapy with quotes from neuroscientists Michael Chopp from HenryFord Hospital, Dr. Steven Cramer from UC-Irvine and Douglas Kondzialka from University of Pittsburgh;
  • Cortical stimulation with quotes from Dr. Richard Harvey of Rehab Institute of Chicago (RIC) and stroke survivor Judy Walsh of Chicago;
  • Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation with quotes from Dr. Gwyn Lewis of RIC;
  • Neural prosthetics with quotes from neuroscientists Joseph Pancrazio of NINDS, John Chae of Cleveland Clinic and Philip Kennedy of Neural Signals, Inc., in Atlanta;
  • A neural prosthetic that treats drop foot.

Supplemental Material:
In our September/October 2004 issue, we covered a number of leading-edge rehabilitation developments. See the updates on those therapies.

Other articles include:

Stroke as a Symptom? 

Kim Trow of Buffalo, N.Y., was diagnosed with lupus when she was 26. Her first symptom was a stroke. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disorder in which the system that usually protects a body against infection suddenly becomes the enemy within. There are 1.5 million Americans, mostly women, with lupus.

Making a Splash

Water therapy may be a good alternative for survivors with balance problems and hemiparesis. This article explores this therapeutic option and gives resources for accessing it. Quotes experts from the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

A Caregiver’s Advice

Caregiver Betty Suttlif of Princeton, Ill., shares how she has weathered the trials of her husband’s stroke. From too little insurance and therapy to too much worry and work, she provides a perspective on stroke that only a deeply committed caregiver can manifest.

Illinois Stroke Family Camp

Marylee Nunley of Peoria, Ill., is doing a good thing – she has put together stroke camps where survivors and caregivers can get away for a weekend of “Retreat and Refresh.” The camps are staffed by trained therapists. Stroke caregivers have the opportunity to relax and the survivors get the chance to engage in outdoor activities and pampering from a local cosmetology school. 

Guidelines for Preventing Another Stroke  

This is a plain-English explanation of the American Stroke Association’s new guidelines on recurrent stroke.


Letters to the Editor is features correspondence from readers about the magazine’s editorial content.

Stroke Notes features ‘newsy’ stroke-related information on stroke research, risk reduction, ASA events, advocacy efforts, etc. In this issue we report on developments from the International Stroke Conference:              

  • Brain researchers view in 3-D, time-lapse images what had been thought impossible: brain cells growing dendrites.
  • The first trials of constraint-induced therapy show it to be effective in recovering motor function years after stroke.
  • Folic acid enriched foods may explain significant decrease in stroke deaths.
  • New Low-Salt Cookbook
  • Promotion of Power To End Stroke and Soul Food Recipes

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

Life At The Curb a regular humor column by comedian and stroke survivor Jon Kawie. In this issue Jon shares his adventures behind the wheel.

Everyday Survival features helpful tips for activities of daily living and resources. In this issue we highlight adaptive kitchen aids from four online catalogs.