Brain3Magnetic stimulation of the brain appears to help speed recovery of speech and language in stroke survivors, a small new study finds.

The study, published June 27 in the journal Stroke, points to a new tool patients might use to regain lost function, the researchers said.

“For decades, skilled speech and language therapy has been the only therapeutic option for stroke survivors” who have lost some ability to communicate, study lead author Dr Alexander Thiel said in a journal news release.

“We are entering exciting times where we might be able in the near future to combine speech and language therapy with non-invasive brain stimulation earlier in the recovery,” said Thiel, who is associate professor of neurology and neurosurgery at McGill University in Montreal. “This could result in earlier and more efficient aphasia recovery and also have an economic impact.”

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July 2, 2013