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For cognitive and functional recovery after a stroke or traumatic brain injury, a longer, even more intense period of rehabilitation might improve the brain’s ability to repair and restructure itself, according to a new animal study that also confirmed the importance of intensive rehab.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine found rats with cortical injury that did not receive intensive rehab did not rebuild brain structure or recover function — while also learning a longer, even more intense period of rehabilitation might amplify the benefits. “This has implications for medical practice and medical insurance,” senior study author Mark Tuszynski, MD, PhD, said in a news release.