Navigation Links
Brain Stimulation Might Help Stroke Patients With Swallowing Problems

FRIDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- Electrical stimulation of the brain could help stroke patients avoid potentially dangerous problems with swallowing, preliminary research indicates.

The treatment has only been tested in a small number of patients and needs further exploration. Still, the findings published online March 24 in the journal Stroke are "encouraging," said Dr. Larry B. Goldstein, director of the Duke Stroke Center at Duke University Medical Center.

An estimated 795,000 people suffer a stroke each year in the United States, and most of them survive, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But many lose some of their ability to swallow, a problem known as dysphagia.

"Post-stroke swallowing difficulty is an important problem. Up to half of stroke patients studied have dysfunctional swallowing, and up to a third of these patients aspirate, swallowing material that enters the windpipe rather than going into the stomach," Goldstein explained. "This can cause pneumonia, which can prolong hospitalization, interfere with recovery or increase the chances of dying."

In the new study, researchers mildly stimulated the brains of patients through electrodes placed on the scalp. The idea is to boost activity in certain parts of the brain.

Patients who received the treatment had an easier time swallowing than patients who didn't. Eighty-six percent of patients who received the treatment improved their swallowing by at least two points on a seven-point scale, while only 43 percent of other patients did.

The 14 patients in the study had all suffered strokes between one and seven days earlier, and were being treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

"Further studies are warranted to refine this promising intervention by exploring effects of stimulation parameters, frequency of stimulation, and timing of the intervention in improving swallowing functions," the researchers wrote.

More information

For more about dysphagia, visit the U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCES: Stroke, news release, March 24, 2011; Larry B. Goldstein, M.D., director, Duke Stroke Center, professor, medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. UCSF, UC Berkeley join forces to advance frontier of brain repair
2. NeuroImage: Multiplexing in the visual brain
3. Steroid May Help Cut Pneumonia Risk After Brain Trauma
4. Bilingual neurons may reveal the secrets of brain disease
5. Rat Study Sheds Light on How Alcohol Affects Young Brain
6. Self-administered light therapy may improve cognitive function after traumatic brain injury
7. Brains of Phonetics Experts Differ From Those of General Public
8. Unprecedented view of protein folding may help develop brain disease therapies
9. Brain injuries rise sharply in minor hockey after bodychecking rules relaxed: Study
10. Single gene defect causes brain tumor
11. New mouse model explains common pediatric brain tumor
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Brain Stimulation Might Help Stroke Patients With Swallowing Problems
(Date:10/13/2015)... , ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... review of Anik Singal's newly launched "Publish Academy" training course . Singal's ... business opened for enrollment today, and marketers around the Internet are weighing in ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... T-System and Centegra ... than 59,000 emergency department visits per year, today announced the successful and rapid ... improve clinical, operational and financial outcomes. , In less than four ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... , ... Local Gold’s Gym franchise owner, Bryce Berry, received the Visionary of ... owns and operates Gold's Gym Cheyenne in Cheyenne, Wyoming, received the award ... States. A brand leader in global fitness, Gold’s Gyms are located worldwide. Every fitness ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... , ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... Affinity have developed valuable new strategies for enrolling and serving insurance consumers who ... to obtain health insurance and pay monthly premiums. In “Health Plan Engagement Strategies: ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... team: Debbie Vereb has been named the organization’s Executive Vice President of ... have been hired to key leadership roles in the company. , Debbie Vereb’s ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/12/2015)... MENLO PARK, Calif. , Oct. 12, ... of R&D and Chief Scientific Officer of ... leading biotechnology company in the emerging field ... BioPharma Dealmakers webcast, sponsored in part by ... medicine. Dr. Lebkowski will discuss the progress ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... 12, 2015 The global infertility treatment ... million by 2020 from USD 1,822.32 million in ... and 2020. By product, the market includes antivibration ... systems, micromanipulator systems, ovum aspiration pumps, sperm analyzer ... market is segmented into in vitro fertilization, artificial ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... -- Elbit Imaging Ltd. ("EI" or the "Company") ... of directors approved a program to repurchase up to NIS ... Notes and Series I Notes, which are traded on the ... Company will have a significant preference to the purchase Series ... time in the open market on the Tel Aviv Stock ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: