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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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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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