Thrombolysis will continue to be the mainstay for acute stroke treatment

Thrombolysis will continue to be the mainstay for acute stroke treatment

Thrombolysis will continue to be the mainstay for acute stroke treatment, despite the recent revolution in neurointerventional clot retrieval. However, as there are ongoing limitations of thrombolysis of bleeding risk and reduced efficacy in large clots – what possible therapeutic advancements can complement or act as an adjuvant to thrombolysis? Neurointervention – effective, but limited […]

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January 2nd, 2017

Recruitment in a Cluster Randomized Stroke Trial

Generally, the unit of randomization in a randomized clinical trial (RCT) is the individual participant (the patient). Occasionally, the unit of randomization can be a cluster, such as hospitals, schools, villages, etc. When randomizing large groups, the concept of cluster randomized trials (CRTs) has become increasingly common. Patient clusters are allocated to the intervention arms […]

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December 13th, 2016

Pragmatic approach to cluster randomized trials – a perspective from HeadPost

Cluster randomized trials (CRTs) is the concept of grouping individuals for randomization into a treatment or control group. The design is increasingly becoming more common when randomizing large groups. It also reduces bias as there are less decision making required from clinicians or nurses. A study to compare the effects of a patients head position […]

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December 9th, 2016

Investigator networks cultivated through risk-factor trials, drives data diversity in dementia research

Extensive investigator networks, cultivated over the course of some of the world’s largest clinical trials into the risk factors for dementia, presents an exciting opportunity for the future of dementia trials. Diabetes, hypertension, stroke, vascular disease, smoking, poor diet, physical inactivity and even depression have been linked to an increase in the likelihood of an […]

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October 30th, 2016

Cluster Randomized Trials – a HeadPost study

The concept of grouping subjects for randomization is called cluster randomized trials (CRT) – this concept is becoming increasingly common when randomizing large groups. However, when CRTs involve interventions at a cluster level, informed consent from participants may not always be possible to obtain. As informed consent is a fundamental ethical requirement for clinical trials, […]

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October 28th, 2016

Computer Games Helping Recover from Stroke

An ongoing study in Australia is showing how computer games can help patients recovering from strokes, brain injuries, amputations and other conditions. The study is the largest trial of its kind to utilize computer gaming technology in rehabilitation. The George Institute’s Professor Cathie Sherrington is leading this study that is testing a wide range of […]

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October 24th, 2016

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