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Ipsilesional anodal tDCS enhances the functional benefits of rehabilitation in patients after stroke

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Science Translational Medicine  16 Mar 2016:
Vol. 8, Issue 330, pp. 330re1
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aad5651

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Stimulating motor recovery in stroke

Rehabilitation of movement after stroke requires repeated practice and involves learning and brain changes. In a new study, Allman et al. tested whether delivering brain stimulation during a 9-day course of hand and arm training improved movement in patients after stroke. The authors found greater improvements in movement in patients who received real compared to sham (placebo) brain stimulation. Better scores in patients who received real stimulation were still present 3 months after training ended. These findings suggest that brain stimulation could be added to rehabilitative training to improve outcomes in stroke patients.

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