Neurology

Stroke: Why the need for speed

Maybe the most important thing you should know about stroke is that it is always an emergency. Always . A stroke can occur when a blood vessel that feeds oxygen and blood to the brain is blocked by a clot. That's called an ischemic stroke, and it's the most common kind. According to the American Stroke Association ASA , ischemic strokes make up about 87 percent of strokes. A stroke also can occur when a blood vessel ruptures, spilling blood into the surrounding brain. This is called a hemorrhagi...

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4/25/2019 1:40:00 PM Comments(0)

Understanding Parkinson's Disease

Close to a million people are living with Parkinson’s disease in the United States. Many aspects of this degenerative movement disorder remain a mystery, and a cure has not yet been found. Yet there are a series of medications and treatments available that work to minimize its potentially debilitating symptoms. Parkinson’s is characterized by the loss of important nerve cells in the brain. These cells produce dopamine, which is a chemical that helps to control movement and coordinati...

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4/17/2019 10:33:00 AM Comments(0)

Is it simply aging or is it Alzheimer's?

You've misplaced your car keys—again. Or you can't remember a word you've used many times, yet it's right there on the tip of your tongue. The older you get, the more likely you're apt to wonder: Are memory slips like this early signs of Alzheimer's disease? The first thing to know is that mild forgetfulness can be a normal part of aging. The concern is when memory problems become serious—you can't retrace your steps and find those car keys, for instance. Or you don't eventually come...

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9/26/2017 2:37:00 PM Comments(0)