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More Muscle for UC Neuromuscular Center

More Muscle for UC Neuromuscular Center

Sometimes good things really do come to those who wait. That could be the message of the year for people with neuromuscular disorders — terrible, uncommon diseases that steal patients’ muscle strength and often their lives. This is the year that the Ice Bucket Challenge became an Internet sensation, bringing an unprecedented flood of exposure…
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Sunflower Symposium Celebrates 10 Years of Education & Hope

Sunflower Symposium Celebrates 10 Years of Education & Hope

Since its establishment in 2005, the Sunflower Revolution Symposium & Expo has provided education and inspiration to more than 4,000 patients, family members and caregivers affected by Parkinson’s disease. One of them is Scott Layman, an architect from Ft. Thomas, Ky., who first learned about deep brain stimulation surgery during the annual educational event presented…
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From Stroke to Dystonia to Migraines, Botulinum Toxin Injections Bring Comfort

From Stroke to Dystonia to Migraines, Botulinum Toxin Injections Bring Comfort

At the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute, the beauty of widely used wrinkle-vanishing injections is more than skin deep. Specialists are injecting drugs best known for their cosmetic uses to help patients live better and more comfortably with conditions as wide-ranging as stroke, cervical dystonia, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and chronic migraine. In the hands…
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The Shemenski Foundation: Six Years Later, a ‘Right Now’ Legacy Lives On

The Shemenski Foundation: Six Years Later, a ‘Right Now’ Legacy Lives On

John Shemenski is remembered by those who knew him as a precious husband, son, brother, cousin, uncle, friend, colleague and lover of life. An engineer who enjoyed distance running, bowling, water skiing and restoring his old Chevelle, John was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor at age 32. His strength and positive attitude during the…
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Targeted Exercise Can Help People with Parkinson’s Disease

Targeted Exercise Can Help People with Parkinson’s Disease

By Maureen Gartner, MSN, NP-C Nurse Practitioner Gardner Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Can exercise help people with Parkinson’s disease? I often hear this question, and the answer is yes! Everyone with Parkinson’s disease is encouraged to exercise. Research conducted during the last 20 years strongly suggests that exercise holds significant quality-of-life benefits…
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ABTA Awards $50k Grant for Study of Energy Pathway in Glioblastoma

ABTA Awards $50k Grant for Study of Energy Pathway in Glioblastoma

The highly malignant brain cancer known as glioblastoma multiforme is an energy guzzler. To sustain the tumor’s rapid cell division and proliferation, glioblastoma cells harness a specific molecule that enables them to ramp up energy production. What if that energy spigot could be turned off and glioblastoma cells ran out of fuel? It is an…
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Forget-Me-Not Salon Explores How to Reduce Risk of Cognitive Decline

Forget-Me-Not Salon Explores How to Reduce Risk of Cognitive Decline

Healthy aging, compassionate care, the need for new treatments, and the preventive power of diet and exercise were the subjects of an inspiring discussion at the Forget-Me-Not Salon June 19. The event, which drew more than 70 members of the community, benefited the Memory Disorders Center at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute, a provider…
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Sleep Apnea: A Noisy Stroke Risk Factor that Is Not Always Heard

Sleep Apnea: A Noisy Stroke Risk Factor that Is Not Always Heard

By Jennifer Rose V. Molano, MD Assistant Professor of Neurology Sleep Specialist, UC Memory Disorders Center “Love your heart. Love your brain,” declares the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.  To love your heart and brain, optimizing your blood pressure, controlling cholesterol levels and maintaining a healthy weight are all important. But there is another risk…
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UC Health ALS Clinic Maximizes Quality of Life through Comprehensive Care

UC Health ALS Clinic Maximizes Quality of Life through Comprehensive Care

A diagnosis of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, marks the beginning of one of the most heart-breaking journeys in neurological disease. The path is uniquely difficult for each patient, and the ultimate destination remains, today, immutable. Specialists at the Neuromuscular Disorders Program at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute are working to maximize…
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From Terminal Cancer Diagnosis to Liver Transplant, a CEO’s Story of Determination and Survival

From Terminal Cancer Diagnosis to Liver Transplant, a CEO’s Story of Determination and Survival

Jim Orr had just walked into his home, shopping bags in hand, when the phone rang. It was 3:30 in the afternoon. Dr. Shimul Shah, Director of Liver Transplantation at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, was on the phone. A donor liver – a Gift of Life – had become available from a healthy…
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