Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Smartphone App Spells New Hope for Stroke Victims

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Smartphone App Spells New Hope for Stroke Victims

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STROKE patients have achieved "significant" improvements in reading skills by using a smartphone app designed by London academics.

Some participants in a trial of UCL's iReadMore app saw their ability to identify words improve by as much as 25 per cent. The app, which will soon be available as a free download for Android phones, could enable thousands of patients to undertake unlimited therapy at home. Stroke patients typically need 100 hours of speech and language therapy but the NHS only provides 12 hours free.

One patient, Sarah Scott, who suffered a stroke nine years ago aged 18 at school, said the app helped her become more confident and boosted her independence. Ms Scott, from Welwyn Garden City, Herts, previously told how it could be "really scary" to talk to strangers and encounter unexpected words, and she had had to go to America for intensive therapy.

She said she would "definitely" recommend the app, adding: "You can feel very isolated and dependent on others without the ability to read, write or speak. …

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