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SimpleScience@Heart: iPad app identifies neurological deficit among stroke survivors

Published: 3:00 pm CDT, February 7, 2013

A new iPad app can accurately identify a type of one-sided brain damage in stroke survivors.

The condition, called unilateral neglect, can cause stroke survivors to ignore or forget their weaker side. It usually occurs in a right brain stroke, when someone fails to use their left side. Profound neglect may affect recovery after stroke.

Researchers compared patients with unilateral neglect to a group of stroke survivors without it and to a group of healthy people. The three groups drug 12 food items from one place on the iNeglect virtual table. Those with neglect showed larger deviation to the right side with the table setting test on iPad than those without neglect and the healthy group.

The app also helped show improvement in degree of neglect after several months.

 

 

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