WCNR 2018: Highlights of clinical trials design workshop

Clinical trials design workshop at WCNR 2018, included 4 international trialists: Professors Steven Cramer (USA), Janice Eng (Canada), Gert Kwakkel (The Netherlands) and Julie Bernhardt (Australia). The presenters covered a range of issues in clinical trial design, recent progress in establishing standards for stroke recovery research and described several design approaches. All the speakers emphasised that rehabilitation is a young field and we have a long way to go - but greater international cooperation is now happening and we have exciting times ahead

WCNR 2018: Highlights of clinical trials design workshopProf Cramer focused on the importance of getting our entry criteria and stratification right in trials – to reduce variance and to provide us with the greatest potential to find an effect when one actually exists. The importance of getting the right patients into trials was emphasised, one of our challenges in the field as […]

‘Dysphagia rehabilitation is the need of the hour’

At WCNR 2018, Dr Eiichi Saitoh, Executive Vice President, Professor and chair, Dept of Rehabilitation Medicine, School of Med. Director, Research Center of RSH and Activity Assitive Technology, Fujjta Health University and Dr Yoko Inamoto, Associate Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation School of Health Sciences, Fujita Health University briefed the delegates about dysphagia. Speaking further about the past, present and future of robotic technology in lower limb recovery, he explained, the robot is a good device for people with disability

‘Dysphagia rehabilitation is the need of the hour’Dysphagia is the medical term used to describe difficulty swallowing. Dysphagia includes difficulty starting a swallow (called oropharyngeal dysphagia) and the sensation of food being stuck in the neck or chest (called esophageal dysphagia). Dr Eiichi Saitoh, Executive Vice President, Professor and chair, Dept of Rehabilitation Medicine I, School of Med. Director, Research Center of […]

WFNR to train people for neuro rehabilitation in remote areas of the world

At World Federation of Neuro Rehabilitation (WFNR), which is hosting 10th world congress here in Mumbai, Dr David Good, President Elect, of WFNR, said the organisation is planning to send faculty to train people in countries where neuro rehabilitation is not developed. A special faculty will be assigned to even remote countries in the world to develop neuro-rehabilititon in them

WFNR to train people for neuro rehabilitation in remote areas of the worldDr David Good emphasised that in order to create short-term solutions for creating good services for neuro rehabilitation, it is necessary to create home based care centres. When asked about the global scenario in the field of neuro rehabiliation, he said, “Neuro rehabilitation is fairly well developed in some countries, but in many countries it […]

‘Telerehabilitation can provide essential services to stroke, Parkinson’s patients’

At WCNR 2018, Dr Anne Hill, Postdoctoral Research Fellow Telerehabilitation Research Unit at the University of Queensland, Australia, conducted a session on experience in speech and language telerehabilitation. According to her, there is a growing body of evidence for the use of telerehabilitation in speech pathology especially in people affected with Parkinson's and stroke. So, it’s about taking that evidence and putting it into services

‘Telerehabilitation can provide essential services to stroke, Parkinson’s patients’Dr Anne Hill explained, “Telerehabilitation is the delivery of services over distance using some form of technology. It enables us to provide access to services. This is especially important to people in rural areas or people in urban areas, who have difficult accessing services.” Dr Hill, whose speciality area is speech pathology said, “People who […]

‘It is the general health system which has to respond for the rehabilitation’

At WCNR 2018, Padma Bhushan Dr Nirmal Kumar Ganguly, Former Indian Council of Medical Research's Director General,  highlighted neurological disorders from in and around the world. He professed that we need to create awareness, advocacy, policy changes,  concepts about healthy aging, remove stigmas attached to it and train large number of people on various steps of rehabilitation

‘It is the general health system which has to respond for the rehabilitation’Dr Nirmal Kumar Ganguly, who is a recipient of Padma Bhushan in India has won 118 awards and has 778 research papers in his name said, “Neurological  disorders like dementia, Alzheimer’s , Parkinson’s, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, vertigo and migraine need strong rehabilitation. They need policies. For many of them, policies are in place. […]

‘Patients should get the care they need’

The 10th Congress of the World Federation of NeuroRehabilitation (WFNR) kicked off with a bang. In an interesting session on technological applications for Aphasia Rehabilitation, Swathi Kiran, Professor, Boston University, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences said, as time passes, there will be more tools for patients to tackle it at home

‘Patients should get the care they need’Aphasia is a medical condition caused by damage in the brain. It is characterised by a person’s inability to speak, understand, read and write among others. At WCNR 2018, Swathi Kiran, Professor, Boston University, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences highlighted, “Patients with aphasia have a hard time getting the therapy they need because of various […]

Stroke: A leading cause of disability in urban India

With over 1.5 million cases of stroke reported in the country each year, the incidence has increased by a staggering 17.5% during the last 15 years, says study. Despite availability of excellent health care services, increased awareness regarding prevention and identification of stroke symptoms, stroke remains a leading cause of disability with urban India at one-and-a-half times at greater risk than rural India

Stroke: A leading cause of disability in urban IndiaMultiple studies over the past have revealed that stroke is a huge problem in the country. Now, a Bangalore based study revealed that male versus female incidence is 2:1, i.e., men are at greater risk than women. It also concluded that stroke is no more a disease of the elderly; it has now become more […]

Mumbai doc’s mission to make India, epilepsy free

Epilepsy is a brain disorder due to which a person has repeated seizures over time. One of the reasons why it goes untreated is its expensive treatment. Owing to this, a city doctor has made it his life goal to provide free medications to the needy. Now, he will soon start an epilepsy rehabilitation centre in Mumbai

Mumbai doc’s mission to make India, epilepsy freeOn any Tuesday, as you walk your way through the threshold of Epilepsy Foundation in Lotus House Churchgate, you will surely find a long queue of people awaiting their turn to meet Dr Nirmal Surya. “Epilepsy affects at least 11to12 million people in India. Out of these, 70 per cent of the people are those who […]

‘Centre’s guidelines to rehabilitate mentally ill should be implemented without manipulation’ demand experts

Social workers and experts in the field have welcomed the judgment but they have also raised concerns over the implementation of the guidelines and demanded that the court’s orders should be implemented without any manipulation

‘Centre’s guidelines to rehabilitate mentally ill should be implemented without manipulation’ demand expertsOn July 10, the Supreme Court ordered all the states and Union territories of India to implement the guidelines formulated by the Centre to ensure social security and a rehabilitation program for persons treated and recovering from mental illness. Social workers and experts in the field have welcomed the judgment but they have also raised […]

Burns hospital opens butterfly garden that heals patients

Appreciating NBC’s efforts, plastic surgeons said therapeutic healing is a recognised therapy worldwide. Patients at National Burns Centre (NBC) will be taken to the garden for half-an-hour every day

Burns hospital opens butterfly garden that heals patientsMany studies carried out across the world have emphasised and affirmed the general belief that spending time in nature can heal a person. Taking a cue from this, Navi Mumbai’s National Burns Centre (NBC), specialised centre for burns treatment and rehabilitation, has built a butterfly garden to help in healing and rehabilitating patients who have […]