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Absorbing a Difficult Diagnosis: Seeking Balance after Loss

Absorbing a Difficult Diagnosis: Seeking Balance after Loss

In the fields of neuroscience, few diagnoses are easy for patients and families to absorb. Whether the diagnosis is achieved gradually, after many tests, or whether it arrives like a bolt out of the blue, as with a stroke or seizure, lives are usually altered forever. “I think as a neurologist 90 percent of time…
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Heroin’s Deadly Smoke: Unrelenting Fungal Meningitis Attacks Brain

Heroin’s Deadly Smoke: Unrelenting Fungal Meningitis Attacks Brain

The victim arrived in the Emergency Department with headache, nausea, and fever. When he developed paralysis, doctors summoned neurologist Simona Ferioli, MD, and neurology resident Joao Mc-O’Neil Plancher, MD, from the Neurocritical Care Program of the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute. “Although the patient arrived from another institution with a diagnosis of stroke, his symptoms…
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New Spinal Cord Injury Clinic Fills a Gap in the Region

New Spinal Cord Injury Clinic Fills a Gap in the Region

When people suffer an accident that involves injury to the spinal cord, they may undergo a variety of treatments for the trauma. But after the initial treatment is completed and they move on to a “new normal,” they still have special health care needs. Now, people with spinal cord injuries have a new option—the recently…
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Neurobiology Research Center Awards 8 Peer-Reviewed Pilot Grants

Neurobiology Research Center Awards 8 Peer-Reviewed Pilot Grants

The Neurobiology Research Center at the University of Cincinnati (UC) Neuroscience Institute this year awarded a record eight peer-reviewed pilot grants. That is more than double the number awarded in the past three years combined, demonstrating the level of interest and commitment in neuroscience research. The awards this year total $200,000. “The goal of these…
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Wine Tasting Event Set Stage for $3M Gift to Battle Glioblastoma

Wine Tasting Event Set Stage for $3M Gift to Battle Glioblastoma

More than 200 people attended the 6th annual wine tasting and silent auction benefit April 30 for the UC Brain Tumor Center to sample wines, bid on auction items and support brain tumor education and research.  The center also announced  a $3 million gift that will propel brain tumor research in Cincinnati. The gift from…
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Mood Disorders Center to Expand Mental Health Care Access through Collaborative Care Model

Mood Disorders Center to Expand Mental Health Care Access through Collaborative Care Model

In a world where psychiatrists are in short supply and psychotherapy is difficult to access, how does a community begin to meet the needs of thousands of individuals who could benefit from mental health care? The answer lies in a novel approach with a strong evidence base known as the Collaborative Care Model, says Cheryl…
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You WILL Feel Better after Endoscopic Pituitary Surgery: Just Give It Time

You WILL Feel Better after Endoscopic Pituitary Surgery: Just Give It Time

If a surgeon removes a tumor from inside your head, you might logically expect to feel better right away. However, if the tumor rests on the pituitary gland and the surgeon removes it in a minimally invasive procedure through the nose, you might not feel better for several weeks. That is the conclusion of a…
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Dr. Angela Stillwagon: Getting Patients Back on Their Feet with PM&R

Dr. Angela Stillwagon: Getting Patients Back on Their Feet with PM&R

Helping patients recover function and quality of life after stroke, traumatic brain injury, or musculoskeletal or spinal cord injury is the prime objective of Angela Stillwagon, DO, a new member of the UC Neuroscience Institute’s Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation team. Dr. Stillwagon answers questions about her specialty and how she and her colleagues can help…
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Memorial Gift Will Help ALS Clinic Serve Patients’ Complex Needs

Memorial Gift Will Help ALS Clinic Serve Patients’ Complex Needs

Harry “Tim” Brown honored his wife and soul mate during her final years by stepping firmly into the role of primary caregiver. He installed chair lifts and wheelchair ramps, rearranged the house, administered medication and nutrition through a feeding tube, and treated his wife to one last memorable cruise. After Linda Link Brown passed away…
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Dr. Rhonna Shatz: Building a New Approach to Brain Health

Dr. Rhonna Shatz: Building a New Approach to Brain Health

Toolbox in hand, Rhonna Shatz, DO, has arrived as the new Medical Director and the Sandy and Bob Heimann Chair in Research and Education of Alzheimer’s Disease at the UC Memory Disorders Center. She brings no ordinary toolbox, and she will not be undertaking any ordinary construction project. Working from the ground up, she hopes…
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