Learn how health research changes lives.
VCH Research Institute's monthly health research update.
Issue 49 June 2019

Earlier, more intense exercise improves recovery for stroke patients

Lisa Leung was enjoying a regular dinner and movie outing with friends when she had her stroke. “As the movie ended, I suddenly felt so tired." When Leung leaned against the wall to rest, her friends became concerned. A 911 call confirmed a stroke and Leung was quickly taken to the nearest hospital.

Two years later, Leung is back on her feet and she credits the DOSE clinical trial (Determining Optimal post-Stroke Exercise) for getting her there. 

I say yes  

to participating in research because if there's a chance to get extra help and help others, why not? 
– Lisa Leung, Vancouver

Opportunity to Participate in Research

Can a new drug help those with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis?

This study is comparing a new experimental drug to a currently available treatment for plaque psoriasis.

Can e-cigarettes help smokers quit?

This study is evaluating whether the use of e-cigarettes can aid in smoking cessation.

Are we able to better understand the factors contributing to Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?

This study aims to gain insight into MS disease progression by using tools from various fields such as epidemiology, medical imaging and immunology.

Find a Research Study

Helpful tips for stroke recovery

by Dr. Thalia Field
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Be informed.
Know what kind of stroke you had and what medications you are taking and why. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of health care professionals.
Gradually increase activity.
Post-stroke fatigue is very common. Gradually increase activity to ensure you are not overdoing things too soon.
Reach Out. 
Experiencing a stroke can be stressful for you and your loved ones. Stroke support groups are available for survivors and for caregivers.

Upcoming Events

Arthritis and Medication

Join The Arthritis Society of BC/Yukon for a discussion on the benefits and side effects of arthritis medication and supplements, and learn how to take an active role in managing your pain. Learn more.

Date June 18, 2019
Location Kerrisdale Community Centre
5851 West Boulevard, Vancouver

Restorative Movement and Mindfulness for Brain Health

Learn about mindfulness and its potential benefits for those who have experienced a brain injury or concussions. Learn more.

Date June 21, 2019
Location Watson Centre Society for Brain Health
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