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Symposium Explores Strategies for Managing Medication-Resistant Epilepsy

Symposium Explores Strategies for Managing Medication-Resistant Epilepsy

Strategies for managing epilepsy is the focus of a free symposium for patients, families and caregivers on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care. One of those strategies involves encouraging patients whose seizures are not controlled by medication to undergo 24-hour monitoring, says David Ficker, MD, Director of the Epilepsy Monitoring…
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UC Neuroscience Institute Marks 15th Anniversary with Landmark $14M Gift

UC Neuroscience Institute Marks 15th Anniversary with Landmark $14M Gift

The University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute celebrated its 15th anniversary last Saturday with a gift for the ages: a transformational, $14 million commitment from the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Foundation. Peggy Gardner Johns, the daughter of James and Joan Gardner, announced the gift before an audience of donors, physicians and researchers at…
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‘Brain Gain’ Ahead for UC Neuroscience Institute

‘Brain Gain’ Ahead for UC Neuroscience Institute

The University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute is on the verge of a major “brain gain,” with an impending influx of more than 16 neuroscience specialists. “We have a large group of new people, and more are on the way,” said Joseph Broderick, MD, Director of the UC Neuroscience Institute, last week at a reception for…
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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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