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Microbiome and the Mind: Speaker Sees Promise in Exploring the Brain-Gut Connections

Microbiome and the Mind: Speaker Sees Promise in Exploring the Brain-Gut Connections

The UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute presented its first Neuroscience Day as part of Research Week 2017. One of the day’s events included neuroscience guest speaker John F. Cryan, PhD, professor and chair, Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University College Cork, Ireland. He is a principal investigator at the APC Microbiome Institute, where his work focuses…
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New Drug Tested at UC Health Is a Game-Changer for People with MS

New Drug Tested at UC Health Is a Game-Changer for People with MS

A new drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration and studied at the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute will be a game-changer for hundreds of patients treated at the Waddell Center for Multiple Sclerosis. The Waddell Center was part of the pivotal phase 3 clinical trial that led to the drug’s approval. Approved…
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UC Health Takes Long-Term Team Approach to Brain Injury

UC Health Takes Long-Term Team Approach to Brain Injury

A brain injury takes only seconds. An elderly individual falls down a flight of steps. A weary driver drifts off the highway. A carotid artery, narrowing gradually over the years, finally closes off completely, triggering a massive stroke. An aneurysm ruptures, and a river of blood flows to the base of the brain. Potentially catastrophic,…
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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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