Pet robots could reduce anxiety and improve vitals, says new research

Meet Susie. She is a furry, five-pound, wide-eyed gal who looks, acts and sounds like a baby harp seal. Beneath her white fur, though, is a mix of metal and wires programmed for a very specific purpose. For the past several years, that purpose has been to help elderly patients with memory loss find comfort amid … Continue reading Pet robots could reduce anxiety and improve vitals, says new research




Twin babies give father hope to fight through brain tumor diagnosis

After struggling for years to have children, there are no greater words to hear than, “You’re pregnant.” Add to that the joy — or maybe shock — of the words “with twins,” and parents-to-be John and Stacy Ash felt doubly blessed. Everything was going well with Stacy’s pregnancy at mid-term, but not with John. During a routine eye exam, the doctor noticed pressure on … Continue reading Twin babies give father hope to fight through brain tumor diagnosis




Popular heartburn medications associated with stroke: Should you be concerned?

Heartburn can be a pain, especially following the holiday season. To find relief, millions of Americans have relied on a class of drugs called Protein Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)—medications that bind to stomach cells to reduce acid, often associated with conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and ulcers. But a new study casts doubt on … Continue reading Popular heartburn medications associated with stroke: Should you be concerned?




Remaining connected through the progression of Alzheimer’s disease

As more Americans begin to age, the number of families affected by Alzheimer’s disease — a progressive brain disorder that affects memory, thinking, and communication — is projected to grow. With the increasing prevalence of the condition, comes new challenges for families: How do they communicate effectively without straining their relationships with loved ones, especially … Continue reading Remaining connected through the progression of Alzheimer’s disease




Learning to thrive, in the face of early-onset Alzheimer’s

Larry spent a majority of his life in the Lewisville area, a sprawling suburb outside of Dallas, Texas. He raised his children there, held a prominent car salesman job locally and made several close friendships during his five decades in the town. So when he started to become forgetful — getting lost while driving, misplacing … Continue reading Learning to thrive, in the face of early-onset Alzheimer’s




New technology repairs art teacher’s ‘hole in the heart’ to reduce stroke risk

Heidi Easley was going over her Monday morning to-do list when suddenly letters and full words were missing off the page. Terrified, she grabbed her phone to search the internet for a cause, but couldn’t read anything. “One of my biggest fears came true,” she said. “I lost part of my vision for over ten … Continue reading New technology repairs art teacher’s ‘hole in the heart’ to reduce stroke risk