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
If you are misplacing your keys or forgetting items at the grocery store, you may be looking at ways to train your brain. With the growing prevalence of dementia and other cognitive diseases, many people are looking for prevention methods, as they see their loved ones suffer. Unfortunately, solving cognitive decline isn’t as easy as … Continue reading Do mind games actually improve cognitive function?
Televisions were strategically positioned in the Clear Lake High School hallways in suburban Houston on Jan. 28, 1986. The TVs were broadcasting the late-morning launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Dion Graybeal was among those shuffling between classes and catching glimpses of the countdown with fellow student Scott Smith, the oldest child of mission pilot Michael … Continue reading How NASA’s Challenger tragedy influenced the way we treat stroke victims
Patti Foster, a radio personality with a zest for life, was severely injured in a horrific car wreck in 2002, and suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI), along with multiple injuries and fractures all over her body. She had been ejected out of her vehicle after a semi, going 70 mph and pulling a trailer full of cars, … Continue reading Patti Foster is thriving with a traumatic brain injury
A well-balanced, whole food diet can provide most of the nutrients we need for optimal health. However, certain supplements can be beneficial for reducing inflammation and supporting the health of our brain and nervous system: Omega-3 fish oil supplement with EPA and DHA: Unless you are eating several servings of fatty fish each week, you … Continue reading 4 supplements to give your brain a boost
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. It is estimated that more than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease, almost two-thirds of which are women. Several diets and specific foods have been found to be protective against cognitive decline and even Alzheimer’s. Recently, new research has emerged on a … Continue reading Follow the MIND diet for a healthier mind