Forgetting why you came into a room, where your keys are or someone’s name are all signs of a busy life — but they can also be signs of dementia. Sometimes, the signs are not as obvious as memory loss. Some people may be unable to find the right words, repeat themselves or get lost … Continue reading Simply aging or something more serious?
Elizabeth Jameson never intended to be an artist. For many years she worked as a human rights lawyer, fighting for social justice for children with disabilities and gender equality. But after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1991, she decided to end her career as a lawyer and transition her passion of service … Continue reading Artist with MS turns her brain scans into beautiful works of art
As a child, Megan Kidd remembers waking up in a daze, unsure of her surroundings. Sometimes she would find herself in another room. Other times trying to recall what she said a few moments before. “I didn’t understand what was happening, or why I would say or do weird things, then totally black out,” said … Continue reading Life uninterrupted following epilepsy surgery
On the first Tuesday of every month, you will probably find Kathy Floyd strolling along the walking path at the Baylor Tom Landry Health & Wellness Center. She comes for fitness, some fresh air; but most importantly, she comes here to find common ground. It’s not the beautiful gardens that keeps her coming back, but the people. It’s where … Continue reading Still walking & rolling with ‘Walk with a Doc’
Judy Buck was enjoying a normal Saturday morning, working on her grocery list, when her life took a dramatic turn. “My eye started watering, and then my whole left side got heavy,” Judy said. “I knew something was wrong.” Judy’s husband raced her to the local hospital emergency department where Judy was diagnosed with a stroke. Stroke … Continue reading 8 questions that can predict your risk of stroke
Unlocking the data stored within our DNA can help us learn a host of different things about our ancestry and health. But how much should you worry if your genes are linked to the development of disease? 23andMe, a genetic testing company, aims to arm people with foreshadowing about their health risks. It recently received … Continue reading Can a saliva test really detect your genetic “risk” of Alzheimer’s?
Getting from point A to point B may sound simple. Just get in the car and go. Drive to work, drive to a doctor’s appointment or drive to a child’s athletic event. Most people take for granted the freedom that driving gives them. Being able get behind the wheel and get to where you want to … Continue reading On the road Again: Driving after a brain injury
For nearly 50 years, Luetta Mahavier, 84, has suffered from essential tremors. They started around age 40 and slowly got worse. She began adapting her lifestyle to work around the immense shaking. “I would order things at a restaurant that I knew I wouldn’t need to cut,” Luetta said. “Or I would know where to put my … Continue reading Treating tremors with deep brain stimulation
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