RSSArchive for July, 2009

Glaucoma and the Risk of Stroke

Glaucoma and the Risk of Stroke

Glaucoma is an eye disease which can affect the optic nerve and lead to visual disturbances. Raised intraocular pressure can be a significant risk factor for developing glaucoma.  Although open-angle glaucoma (OAG) is associated with some of the risk factors of stroke development, there is still no published study addressing whether OAG increases the risk […]






Childhood arterial ischaemic stroke

This review of articles and research papers ( Lancet Neurology 2008; 7:425-435) regarding the subject of childhood stroke is useful to both stroke physicians and pediatricians. Amlie-Lefond C et al, mentioned that stroke is increasingly recognised as a cause of childhood disability and lifelong morbidity. Diagnosis of stroke in children is often delayed owing to […]






Cerebellar infarction: Diagnosis and Management

Early correct diagnosis of cerebellar infarction is crucial to help prevent treatable but potentially fatal complications, such as brainstem compression and obstructive hydrocephalus. In this review article Edlow JA et al (Lancet Neurology 2008; 7:951-964) discusses the diagnosis and the management plan for patients with signs and symptoms of cerebellar infarction. It focuses on differential diagnosis of […]






Cerebral microbleeds: a guide to detection and interpretation

Cerebral microbleeds (CMBs) are increasingly recognised neuroimaging findings in individuals with cerebrovascular disease and dementia, and in normal ageing. In this Review (The Lancet Neurology, 2009; 8: 165 – 174), the authors focus on the recent developments in cerebral microbleeds and their effects on two main questions: how CMBs are detected, and how CMBs should […]






Stroke Care: a practical manual

Stroke Care: a practical manual

This is a well written book from Oxford University Press which was published in 2005 in its first edition. In their preface the authors mentioned that the book is written for people who look after stroke patients, in particular, doctors and nurses working in hospitals.  In spite of being intended for the physicians, the book […]






European Neurological Society

European Neurological Society

The 19th meeting of the European Neurological society includes workshops, teaching sessions, oral presentations and medical posters discussing several subjects related to the Neurological diseases worldwide. The total number of abstracts submitted to the Scientific Committee of the Nineteenth Meeting of the European Neurological Society was 925 abstracts. The highest number of abstracts submitted per […]






The Stroke Book

The Stroke Book

Edited by Michel T. Torbey Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Magdy H. Selim Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Paperback (ISBN-13: 9780521671606) Published May 2007 In his foreword of ‘The Stroke Book’ Professor Marc Fisher from University Of Massachusetts Medical School said that the editors have provided an excellent introductory book that overviews all of the burgeoning […]






Measurement Scales Used in Elderly Care

Measurement Scales Used in Elderly Care

Author: Dr Abhaya Gupta Radcliff Publishing Ltd ISBN: 9781846192661 This unique, concise ready reference for daily use collates for the first time the most useful, practical and simple assessment scales used in geriatric settings. It provides tools to identify clinical conditions and health outcomes objectively and reliably. It is essential as a clinical primer and […]






The effects of Botulinum Toxin A (BTX-A) on plantarflexor spasticity, stiffness and gait in chronic stroke

The effects of Botulinum Toxin A (BTX-A) on plantarflexor spasticity, stiffness and gait in chronic stroke

Plantarflexor (PF) spasticity secondary to stroke can decrease mobility and reduce function. BTX-A treatment is increasingly used clinically to reduce spasticity, but its effectiveness on mobility has not been established. This pilot study from Queen’s University in Canada which was presented in the European Stroke Conference on 30th May 2007 in Glasgow, UK examined PF […]






Retention of upper limb function in stroke survivors: the EXCITE randomised trial

Retention of upper limb function in stroke survivors: the EXCITE randomised trial

I am sure that the Stroke Rehabilitation community will welcome the results of this randomised trial (Lancet Neurology 2008; 7:33-40). The aim of constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) is to promote use of a limb that is functionally impaired after a stroke. In one form of CIMT to treat upper limb impairment, use of the less […]