People of all ages have something in common — who wouldn’t want a better memory and a sharper mind? That desire grows stronger in many of us as we grow older and our bodies age. These biological changes include loss of brain mass and a breakdown of neurotransmitters, brain chemicals that send messages between cells. … Continue reading 6 of the best ways to improve your memory and brain health
Most of us have experienced the feeling that we have been in an exact moment before, that though we know this is our first time in a place or situation, there is this nagging feeling that it is strangely familiar — as if, if we could just focus a little harder, we will know what … Continue reading The science and mystery behind déjà vu
If you have pain in one of your legs, whether constant or the kind that comes and goes, the cause may come as a surprise — your back. You may be experiencing a bout of sciatica. While sciatica is one of the most common causes of leg pain, the root of the pain actually lies … Continue reading This common cause of leg pain might surprise you
Although concussions happen in an instant, they can have a lasting impact on a young athlete. In a moment of collision, your brain is susceptible to great trauma. A concussion is an injury to the brain that results in temporary loss of normal brain function. It usually is caused by a blow to the head. … Continue reading 4 ways to help your athlete avoid a concussion
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?