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From Low to High: We Can Improve Tristate’s Poor Rank in Well-Being

From Low to High: We Can Improve Tristate’s Poor Rank in Well-Being

By Scott Ries, MSW, LISW-S The 2016 national State of American Well-Being report card is out, and the Tristate does not fare well. Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio all rank in the bottom six states according to an index produced by Gallup and Healthways. The index measures states and communities in five categories: Purpose: liking what…
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When a Tremor’s Cure Is in the Mind

When a Tremor’s Cure Is in the Mind

Through most of medical history it was known as “psychogenic tremor,” an uncontrolled shaking of a hand or limb that was unrelated to any detectable neurological abnormality. The cause was unknown. It was thought to be “bizarre” and described by some as “a movement disorder that isn’t real.” Today it is better known as functional…
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8 Ways to Love Your Brainy Valentine

8 Ways to Love Your Brainy Valentine

The day is almost here, and even if you have already found the perfect card, made dinner reservations or ordered flowers, you might also consider a timeless gift of caring for your brainy Valentine. Here are eight gift ideas from our experts on brain health at the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute. Give them…
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Epilepsy Treatment Advances with Positive Results from Three Cannabis-Based Drug Trials

Epilepsy Treatment Advances with Positive Results from Three Cannabis-Based Drug Trials

The coming year is likely to include a milestone in the treatment of severe epilepsy: a formal request that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approve a drug derived from marijuana. Epidiolex, made from purified cannabidiol, a compound in the marijuana (cannabis) plant, will be submitted to the FDA for approval soon, says Michael Privitera,…
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Statins Assume a Starring Role in Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease

Statins Assume a Starring Role in Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease

Rhonna Shatz, DO, director of the UC Memory Disorders Center, hears the question at least once a week from patients or family practitioners: “Can statins really help prevent Alzheimer’s?” The question is a hopeful and exciting one, heightened by recently published findings that high exposure to statins is associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s…
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2016: A Year of Progress, Healing and New Beginnings

2016: A Year of Progress, Healing and New Beginnings

The physicians, researchers, managers and associates of the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute say thank you to our friends who supported our tripartite mission throughout 2016. With your help we continued to build upon our efforts to provide the best available treatments and family-centered care, to aggressively pursue new therapies and potential cures for…
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Books for the Holidays: Our Faculty Share Their Favorites

Books for the Holidays: Our Faculty Share Their Favorites

The winter holidays are almost upon us, which means two things with regard to books: there will be opportunities to give them and more time to read them. Here are 17 recommendations from members of the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute and faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. HISTORY All the Light We…
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20 Things to Know about Epilepsy

20 Things to Know about Epilepsy

Six fellowship-trained neurologists from the Epilepsy Center at the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute recently shared their expertise at the center’s annual symposium for patients at the Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care. The epileptologists were: • Michael Privitera, MD, director of the UC Epilepsy Center • David Ficker, MD, associate director of the…
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UC Neurology Team Extends a Hand Throughout the Year

UC Neurology Team Extends a Hand Throughout the Year

Since the spring of 2015, members of the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine have been devoting one Friday evening each month to residents of Tender Mercies in Over-the-Rhine. A United Way agency, Tender Mercies provides housing and related services to homeless people with histories of emotional and/or mental disabilities. The agency…
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The Mysterious Randomness of Epileptic Auras: They Can Arrive as Color, Memory or a Song

The Mysterious Randomness of Epileptic Auras: They Can Arrive as Color, Memory or a Song

For some people with epilepsy, seizures are preceded by a warning. Doctors refer to that warning as an aura, an event that can manifest as music, swirling colors, a memory, a sense of impending doom, a smell or taste, a rising nausea, or an intense sensation of déjà vu. “Auras are pretty interesting, and not…
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