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Dr. Mike Completes a Triathlon and Collects His Prize: a Perfect MRI

Dr. Mike Completes a Triathlon and Collects His Prize: a Perfect MRI

Sixteen months after receiving a diagnosis of brain cancer, Dr. Michael Wood continues to attack his disease with wellness. In addition to surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and strong family support, the 61-year-old Cincinnati otolaryngologist has worked hard to provide his own adjunctive therapy: a plant-based diet, engagement at work and rigorous exercise. Thus far, he is…
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From Nutrition to Neighborhoods, Many Roads Lead to Mental Health

From Nutrition to Neighborhoods, Many Roads Lead to Mental Health

Effective treatment of depression can involve far more than popping a pill. That was the take-home message for a hundred physicians, nurses and mental health professionals who attended the UC Mood Disorders Center’s 4th annual symposium April 5 at the Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care. Experts with a broad range of clinical and research…
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A Grateful Family Passes Along the Blessing of Expert Care

A Grateful Family Passes Along the Blessing of Expert Care

A grateful family recently said “thank you” to the UC Neuroscience Institute’s neurocritical care team in a very special way: they helped support UC Health Team Haiti’s fourth annual mission trip to Port-au-Prince and Hospital Bernard Mevs /Project Medishare, Haiti’s only hospital dedicated to intensive care and trauma. Brenna and Stephen Penrose of Northern Kentucky…
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National Telehealth Conference Showcased UC Health’s Leadership Role

National Telehealth Conference Showcased UC Health’s Leadership Role

Fifty-seven institutions from the United States and Canada attended a National Telehealth Conference, “Transforming Health Care Delivery and Academic Curriculum,” hosted by the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing on March 20-21. During the conference, members of the UC Neuroscience Institute showcased UC Health’s role as a telehealth leader through programs that include telestroke, telepsych…
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A Patent for Treating Atypical Depression Awaits Fruition

A Patent for Treating Atypical Depression Awaits Fruition

When Erik Nelson, MD, got word in 2012 that he had been awarded his very first patent, he did not pop the champagne cork. The UC Mood Disorders Center psychiatrist, who was honored with other patent recipients at a recent UC men’s basketball game, admits it was a “cool feeling” to receive a patent. But…
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Research Finds Treating Depression Can Help People with Parkinson’s

Research Finds Treating Depression Can Help People with Parkinson’s

Patients are routinely screened for stress and depression at the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders because of the Center’s own ground-breaking research, which provided the first tangible demonstration that life stress accelerates the progression of Parkinson’s disease. The research, performed in the Gardner Center’s Selma Schottenstein…
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Marijuana for Epilepsy: Tough Choices

Marijuana for Epilepsy: Tough Choices

By Michael Privitera, MD Medical Director, UC Epilepsy Center 2nd Vice President, American Epilepsy Society What can be more difficult than to be a parent watching your child succumb to a devastating illness when multiple medications have failed? Yet this is a common scenario for many parents of children with medication-resistant epilepsy. As described by…
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Aspirin an Option for Patients with Small Acoustic Neuromas

Aspirin an Option for Patients with Small Acoustic Neuromas

Patients whose small acoustic neuroma tumors are being watched but not treated with surgery or radiation will be offered a new treatment option at the UC Brain Tumor Center: aspirin. Ravi Samy, MD, FACS, an ear, nose and throat surgeon and Director of the Adult Cochlear Implant Program at the UC Neuroscience Institute, now plans…
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Graduate Students Seek Art Submissions for Brain Awareness Week

Graduate Students Seek Art Submissions for Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week in Cincinnati will have a new spin this year, thanks to doctoral candidates in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. In addition to providing hands-on educational demonstrations at the Cincinnati Museum Center, they will for the first time host a lecture in TED talk format and…
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10 Ways to Say, ‘I Love You, Brainy Valentine’

10 Ways to Say, ‘I Love You, Brainy Valentine’

The day is here, and whether you have found the perfect card, have forgotten to buy flowers, or have been called in to work the night shift, you can still come through with a timeless gift of caring for your brainy Valentine. Here are 10 gift ideas from our experts on brain health at the…
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