Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Hemorrhagic (bleed) Stroke, Simplified (but its still complicated)

Hemorrhagic stroke: 

Bleed in the brain or brainstem. 

These two are the two types of hemorrhagic (bleed) stroke: 

1. Intracerebral hemorrhage: In the "meat" of the brain (cerebrum).

2. Subarachnoid hemorrhage: Between the brain and the meninges (meninges, the layers of "brain wrap" and surround the entire brain). 

Approximately 25% of patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage die within 24 hours, with or without medical attention. 

  • Other disorders that involve bleeding inside the skull include epidural hematomas and subdural hematomas, which are usually caused by a head injury. These disorders cause symptoms that sometimes resemble those of a stroke.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Vocal Music Listening Helps Recover Language

Everyone knows that listening to music is good for your brain, staves off dementia and Alzheimer's, and may be beneficial for gait, the timing of upper extremity function, communication outcomes, and quality of life after stroke. 


And it may help people with aphasia recover language. But the same question always comes up: What kind of music is the best?


Kinda a cool study from the great country of Finland may have answered that that question (for survivors with aphasia, at least).

They had three groups:

1. Listened to music with a singer singing lyrics 

2. instrumental music (with no sung lyrics) 

3. narrated audiobooks.


The  winner? “Vocal music”—music that included sung lyrics.

But there was another thing they did: They interviewed the participants to find out their favorite music.


1. Listen to music to help language recovery

2. Choose music that has sung lyrics

3. Choose music you love


    ✔️ 1 hour a day

    ✔️ 2 months

    ✔️ Keep a diary to make sure you stick to it

Blog Archive