Bilingualism helps in stroke recovery

Bilingualism is an independent predictor of a better cognitive outcome after acute ischaemic stroke, Indian and UK researchers say.

Their study looked at over 600 patients in the Indian city of Hyderabad, a multicultural hub where a number of languages are commonly spoken.

Around 40% of bilingual patients recovered normal cognitive function after a stroke, compared with 20% of those speaking only one language.