Brain Compensates For Damage After Stroke
PITTSBURGH, PA -- April 20, 1999 -- A team of brain scientists at Carnegie
Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh has found spontaneous
reorganisation of cognitive function immediately following brain damage
caused by stroke.
The findings, which appear in this months issue of the journal Stroke, are
based on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans showing that
brain function associated with language shifted away from the stroke-damaged
area of the adult brain to the corresponding area on the undamaged side of
"The new findings demonstrate extremely rapid adaptation in adult patients,"
Just said. "While no one looks forward to a stroke, there is some comfort in
knowing that we all carry around a set of thinking spare parts that know how
to install themselves if the need arises."