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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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Halo Effect: from Family to Workplace, Love and Support from ‘Alice’s Angels’

Halo Effect: from Family to Workplace, Love and Support from ‘Alice’s Angels’

This will be the fifth year that friends, family and the Dwyer Insurance Agency come together in support of Alice Dwyer at the Walk Ahead for a Brain Tumor Cure. It promises to be a poignant year. Dwyer, a wife, mother and grandmother who was diagnosed with an ependymoma tumor five years ago this month,…
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Sunflower Rev It Up To Showcase New Trends in Parkinson’s Therapy

Sunflower Rev It Up To Showcase New Trends in Parkinson’s Therapy

The hardship of Parkinson’s disease includes a trend toward small. Steps get shorter. The voice gets softer. The range of motion constricts. Therapists are combatting that trend by thinking big, as in big sound, big steps and big punching motions with boxing gloves. The latest ideas in large-motion exercise and voice therapy – called high-amplitude…
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Specialists Sound a New Alarm as Hearing Damage Surfaces in Youth

Specialists Sound a New Alarm as Hearing Damage Surfaces in Youth

This time the canary in the coal mine is a buzzing or ringing sound in your teenager’s ears. It’s called tinnitus, and it is likely a warning sign that damage is occurring because of too much exposure to too much noise. Ravi Samy, MD, FACS, an otolaryngologist with the Neurosensory Disorders Center at the University…
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Sweeteners, Headaches and the Unpredictability of Triggers

Sweeteners, Headaches and the Unpredictability of Triggers

Can artificial sweeteners trigger headaches? Only a few studies have examined the question, but the data indicate that aspartame, which is used to sweeten hundreds of products, can trigger headaches in a small percentage of people. Vincent Martin, MD, a UC Health physician and co-director of the Headache & Facial Pain Center at the University…
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Neurosurgery Researchers Recognized for Work in Bleeding Stroke Trial

Neurosurgery Researchers Recognized for Work in Bleeding Stroke Trial

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, perhaps, but the University of Cincinnati Department of Neurosurgery was treated to breakfast this week for its success in a long-running stroke trial that includes 80 sites around the world. The MISTIE¹ trial, which began in 2006 and is now in its third iteration as MISTIE III,…
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UC Expert Eyes a Future of Precision Medicine in Parkinson’s

UC Expert Eyes a Future of Precision Medicine in Parkinson’s

The world’s experts in Parkinson’s disease have arrived at a sobering juncture. After a global investment of $23 billion in the development of new therapies for Parkinson’s disease, researchers are discovering that one therapy can’t possibly cure all. Parkinson’s disease, says Alberto Espay, MD, MSc, director of the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family…
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Waddell Center Event Celebrates Accomplishments, Hopes for Future

Waddell Center Event Celebrates Accomplishments, Hopes for Future

The phrase was “critical mass.” It surfaced repeatedly as more than 50 members of the region’s multiple sclerosis community came together last week to celebrate the transformation of the University of Cincinnati Waddell Center for Multiple Sclerosis from a dream that flickered periodically to a thriving center of excellence. “We are here to celebrate the…
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When It Comes to Stroke, Think FAST

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. Because May is Stroke Awareness Month, UC Health physicians at University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute want you to know how to stop a stroke in its tracks. A stroke occurs when a blockage stops blood flow to the brain, or a blood vessel near…
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A 56-Year Love Story: Advocates and Role Models in Sickness and in Health

A 56-Year Love Story: Advocates and Role Models in Sickness and in Health

When Jerry Wuest began holding his left arm in an odd way, not swinging it but rather holding it across his chest in a gesture he called his “Bonaparte,” he and Sandy knew nothing about Parkinson’s disease. In the 34 years since that time, they have become two of the region’s most influential advocates for…
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