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Therapies 'improve walking in stroke survivors'

Therapies 'improve walking in stroke survivors'
14th February 2011

Over half of stroke survivors who take part in a physical therapy programme involving walking or a home-based treatment focusing on strength and balance, experience improved walking ability, research has shown.

Scientists from the Locomotor Experience Applied Post-Stroke (LEAPS) trial assigned participants to either the physical therapy programme that used a body-weight supported treadmill or the home-based programme.

Additionally, individuals in a third group who had not received any of the extra care exhibited improved walking speed, but only about half as much as those who had received the walking or home-based programme at two months.

Meanwhile, research from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine found that those who drank diet soda daily were 61 per cent more likely to experience a stroke than those who drank none.

However, the Calorie Control Council has said that the findings are critically flawed, emphasising that the findings are speculative and preliminary at this point.

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