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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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3,340 Walkers/Runners and 100 Stories of Love, Determination, Faith and Hope

3,340 Walkers/Runners and 100 Stories of Love, Determination, Faith and Hope

It is billed as a 5k walk/run, but it is really a story. Make that a hundred stories. Walk Ahead for a Brain Tumor Cure tells the stories of love and loss, of family and friends, of determination, strength and hope. And it tells the story of faith in future cures for others who will…
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Parkinson’s Disease: In the Future, You Won’t Take a Pill for That

Parkinson’s Disease: In the Future, You Won’t Take a Pill for That

Therapies for Parkinson’s disease are advancing as you read this sentence, and Aristide Merola, MD, PhD, has arrived on our shores to help ensure that patients in the Cincinnati region have access to the very best. Merola, a neurophysiologist and Parkinson’s expert, was recruited to the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Center for…
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Dr. Pooja Khatri Enters Global Arena as Elected Board Member of World Stroke Organization

Dr. Pooja Khatri Enters Global Arena as Elected Board Member of World Stroke Organization

Dr. Pooja Khatri’s decision to become a doctor crystallized while she was studying abroad during her junior year at Stanford University. Her stay involved a two-day excursion through the impoverished villages of Bihar, an area in India so poor that its only doctor was a veterinarian. Khatri accompanied the veterinarian on his rounds, driving in…
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Proton Therapy: A New Option in the Treatment of Acoustic Neuroma

Proton Therapy: A New Option in the Treatment of Acoustic Neuroma

The new Cincinnati Children’s / UC Health Proton Therapy Center in Liberty Township, Ohio, provides an important option for people who have been diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma, a benign, slow-growing tumor that originates in a delicate area near the inner ear. Because proton therapy is able to deliver a precisely shaped beam of radiation…
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Friend or Foe? Common Medications Can Heighten Risk of Cognitive Decline

Friend or Foe? Common Medications Can Heighten Risk of Cognitive Decline

If you’ve been following the news about the latest discoveries in memory disorders research, you know that regular exercise, a healthy weight, a fiber-rich diet, coffee, and plenty of high-quality sleep will help you minimize your risk of cognitive decline. Now comes something else to think about: the drugs in your medicine cabinet. It turns…
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8 Pearls from the 2016 Sunflower Rev It Up Symposium & Expo

8 Pearls from the 2016 Sunflower Rev It Up Symposium & Expo

The medical profession calls them “pearls,” gems of valuable knowledge to be stored safely in one’s memory. Here are just a few from the 2016 Sunflower Rev It Up for Parkinson’s Symposium & Expo, which was held last weekend at the Oasis Conference Center in Loveland, Ohio. The free event, which drew nearly 700 patients,…
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