With so many medical advancements in 2018, it is difficult to pick a favourite to focus on first. We decided that we simply had to start somewhere, so today we will take a look at the possible new treatment for stroke, developed by Cleveland Clinic, with support from the National Institutes of Health, in the United States.
This new method of treating stroke patients has been a breakthrough in modern medicine, drastically increasing the chances of recovering more fully, and lessening the effects of stroke on the body and mind.

Significance of the Treatment

Survivors of stroke often experience disability and reduced quality of life as a result of the event. Persistent cognitive shortfalls and improper neural responses can lead to serious social, physical and cognitive consequences for the patient.

The Method

The new treatment is known as Deep Brain Stimulation: a therapy which helps patients to regain motor function after being paralysed from a stroke. The procedure includes the implantation of a medical device called a neurostimulator inside the brain. The neurostimulator sends electrical impulses through electrodes into the surrounding brain matter and stimulates neurotransmitters, neurons and surrounding matter.
This procedure is primarily used for treating movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor.

The Case

The 59-year old patient that was first to ever receive this treatment has made vast improvements in their recovery since the operation, further backing research behind the method. These developments have prompted the National Institutes of Health to continue the trial and have given an approximate $2.5 million grant to Cleveland Clinic to further their research.

Social and Economic Benefit

Stroke sometimes takes an otherwise healthy and capable individual out of an empowered position, and can plunge them into physical, social and financial difficulty. This can be from a stroke-induced disability that inhibits a person from doing their most skilled job or impairs their cognitive ability significantly.

Individuals who have lost their livelihood to stroke could potentially get it back, if research and trials continue to yield positive results. The value of independence and dignity, particularly as a mature member of society, is not to be underestimated. Sometimes, it is simply the social empowerment of a situation that speaks for its success.

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