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How an education-based support group helps traumatic brain injury survivors thrive

Adjusting to life after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is daunting, challenging and life-changing. A TBI affects all areas of a person’s life, from your physical and mental health to your relationships and career. Adjusting after this life-altering event can seem overwhelming. Through my work, I have helped many individuals living with brain injury return …

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How innovative brain surgery ended tremors for this Navy veteran with Parkinson’s

Imagine not being able to sleep, eat, shower or the other little things we all do every day without a thought. For years, this was my life with an aggressive form of early-onset Parkinson’s disease. I could barely live my life. But you know what really bothered me? That I couldn’t play with my son. …

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How stroke care is evolving to improve patient recovery

The story of medicine over the last 100 years has been one of tremendous progress. Over the past decade, care for stroke — a leading cause of death and disability in the United States — has seen particularly exciting advances. With all the media coverage about cancer and heart attack, though, stroke is often overlooked …

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In stroke care and treatment, every minute matters

Stroke causes an estimated 140,000 deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The longer a stroke is in progress, the greater the risk of permanent brain damage or death. This is why Comprehensive Stroke Centers are designed around very rapid diagnosis and treatment. For every minute a patient is having a …

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Innovative heart device explores connection between A-fib and stroke

A recent innovation in heart rhythm monitoring has given neurologists and cardiologists a crucial new tool in detecting a potentially dangerous irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, or A-fib. A-fib, one of the leading causes of stroke, is a condition that leaves blood stagnating in the heart instead of being pumped through the body, forming …

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Can smartphones improve life for those with Alzheimer’s? New study explores

Early detection is critical in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. That’s why researchers at Baylor Scott & White Research Institute are working on a potentially life-changing screening to identify new genes that could trigger the condition. Discovering new triggers would no doubt have a profound impact on the future of Alzheimer’s care, but there’s also …

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Solving the mysteries of early-onset Alzheimer’s

A dangerous assumption many make when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease is that it only affects the elderly. In reality, Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of the death in the United States and can be diagnosed as early as your 40s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, while deaths from chronic conditions like heart disease …

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New stroke guidelines shape treatment options

Stroke is a highly disabling disease that affects nearly 800,000 Americans each year, and is the second leading cause of death worldwide. Fortunately, in recent years, much research and many resources have been dedicated toward stroke treatment and prevention, leading to the most recent guidelines from the International Stroke Conference. With these new guidelines, some …

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