Posts Categorized: Brain & Spine

My head hurts! Could this be a migraine?

Those with migraines know the headaches can be debilitating, slow their productivity and hurt their quality of life. About 28 million Americans suffer from migraines so they are not alone. One in four households has at least one migraine sufferer. These migraines can last for two to 72 hours and include throbbing pain so managing…
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Stroke: Every moment counts

When it comes to a stroke, recognizing the symptoms can make all the difference. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells can die or be damaged. When a stroke happens, there are signs and recognizing these signs can help increase your chance of recovery. In…
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Chemo brain

Chemo brain is a common term used by cancer survivors to describe thinking and memory problems that can occur after cancer treatment. Though chemo brain is a widely-used term, it is misleading since chemotherapy is not the only cause of concentration and memory problems (also called cognitive impairment) that can occur in cancer survivors. Researchers…
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McCain glioblastoma “bleak, but not hopeless”

Sen. John McCain’s  diagnosis is bleak, but not hopeless, because of a recent development known as personalized medicine. Personalized medicine holds the key to the tests that pathologists will be conducting this week and beyond. While glioblastoma tumors appear identical under the microscope, genetics determine a patient’s course of treatment.   Personalized medicine today allows for…
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