Category Archives: Stroke

Left Brain, Right Side: Planning Body Movements

How does the brain make the body move? Researchers are just beginning to understand how the brain plans and executes the body’s movements. A new study from Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus investigated a little-understood aspect of movement: planning. Before moving a muscle, the brain is active for a fraction of a second….

Video Games Help Stroke Survivors Recover

Many stroke survivors find it difficult to re-master critical motor skills. New research from Lancaster University in England tested a novel rehabilitation technique to help stroke survivors regain mobility. The therapy made use of a popular video game console, the Nintendo Wii, and offered customized interventions for stroke survivors, which lead to improved motor skills…

Adults Get Cognitive Boost from Many Activities

Experts agree that it is important to exercise, especially for older adults. But does the type of exercise make a difference? Research from the University of Montreal’s Institute of Geriatrics finds that older adults can receive the same cognitive benefits from low-impact activities like walking or stretching as from high-intensity aerobic and strength training. The…

Healthy Diet, Regular Exercise Halves Women’s Stroke Risk

Leading a healthy lifestyle can cut the risk of stroke in half for women. A longitudinal study from the Karolinska Instituet in Stockholm investigated how five healthy lifestyle factors affected the risk of stroke in women. The findings indicate that a healthy diet and regular aerobic exercise can significantly limit the risk of stroke. The…

Exercise the Prescription for Stroke Survivors

Stroke is a leading cause of disability and the fourth most prevalent cause of death in the United States today. Experts say that exercise should be a part of treatment for stroke survivors. Incorporating exercise into a post-stroke treatment plan can help patients overcome many of the barriers to recovery like depression and fatigue. Scientists…

Eat Fruits and Vegetables to Reduce Stroke Risk

What can you do to reduce stroke risk? According to research from the Medical College of Qingdao University in China, eating fruits and vegetables can significantly reduce the risk of stroke. Stroke is the number four cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of death in China. The authors report that…

Stroke Patients Can Establish New Routines to Avoid Fatigue

Stroke patients suffer from ongoing fatigue, but why? A Ph.D. student at the University of Copenhagen collaborated with doctors at Glostrup Hospital in Denmark to find out. They concluded that certain actions became associated with exhaustion for stroke patients. The findings suggest that stroke patients should focus on building new routines, rather than reconstructing old…

Stroke Treatment via the Vagus Nerve

In the United States, someone has a stroke on average of every 40 seconds. Stroke is one of the leading causes of disability in the world, making it an important topic for scientific study. Researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas recently began testing vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) as a treatment for the rehabilitation…

Exercise Can Diminish Stroke Risk

A new study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham has identified the connection between exercise and stroke risk. This study was the first to examine how exercise can affect the risk of stroke in a large, biracial cohort of men and women. Researchers found that exercising four or more times weekly was the most…

What is iLs?

iLs is a complementary approach to brain fitness which can be integrated into a broad variety of educational, therapeutic and self-improvement programs. In the same way we can train our bodies to become stronger and healthier, iLs trains the brain to process sensory, cognitive and emotional information more effectively. With better synaptic connectivity, we perform better. It’s about as simple as that.

We start with music and movement, and then gradually integrate language and cognitive processes. The exercises appear simple but become increasingly difficult as we add new layers for simultaneous processing. The program involves no computers or screens of any type. Someone once referred to iLs as “a boot camp for the brain.” We’d like to think of it more as play, and we all know we work hardest when we play!

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