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                               Stroke survivors can regain movement
                                                                                              improvement in quality of life for                 walking in particular were associ-
                                                                                              the robot-assisted patients com-                   ated with lower risks of ischemic,
                                                                                              pared with the usual-care group.                   hemorrhagic, and total stroke.
                                                                                              However, at 36 weeks, robot-                       Brisk walkers had a 37% lower
                                                                                              assisted therapy improved motor                    risk of any type of stroke, a 68%

                                                                                              function and motor recovery mod-                   lower risk of hemorrhagic stroke,
                                                                                              estly but significantly, compared                   and a 25% lower risk of ischemic
                                                                                              with usual care. Similar improve-                  stroke (Stroke. 2010; published
                                                                                              ments were seen for the therapist-                 online ahead of print).
                                                                                              assisted individuals.                                In other developments on the
                                                                                                 “The study provides evidence of                 stroke front:
                                                                                              the potential for long-term benefits                • Stroke may be the fi rst sign
                                                                                              of intensive rehabilitation in patients               of Chagas disease, an emerg-
                               THE TYPICAL stroke patient             Rehabilitation          with moderate-to-severe impair-                       i n g but u nder ack nowl -
                               receives rehabilitation therapy only   therapy is              ment even years after a stroke,” the                  edged i
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