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
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
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?
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
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
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
Imagine that you’re home alone with your 7-year-old, helping her with homework. You reach over to point to a math problem, but your arm goes numb and falls off the table. The right side of your face droops. You try to say her name, but your speech slurs and you can’t talk. These are all symptoms … Continue reading Would your kids know to call 911 if you had a stroke?
At some point in our lives, many of us will become caregivers — whether taking care of a young child, or an aging parent. But as more and more Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the role of a care provider will become more prevalent than ever before. Consider this: nearly 5.4 million Americans are … Continue reading How to keep a loved one with Alzheimer’s safe
It is not unusual for a patient to report concussion-related concerns to me. Some tell me that they are worried their memory has been declining due to an injury suffered years ago. Others may share recent car accidents, sports-related injuries, or run-ins with kitchen cabinets. It can be frightening when a person perceives change in … Continue reading Can concussions cause lifelong problems?
For two years, a tiny device protruded from within my dad’s chest, monitoring his every heartbeat. I hated the creepy thing for the memories it unearthed. You couldn’t pay me a million dollars to relive the day he had his stroke. But I also hinged my hopes on what it might tell us: If his … Continue reading After his stroke, I hold my dad closer to my heart