neuroscience Articles

Everyday drugs that increase Alzheimer’s risk

02/19/2015 | Treatments & ServicesNeuroscience

We often warn people about the side effects of medications on your liver, heart and kidney. But we don’t mention anything about your brain, which is arguably the most precious organ in the body.  Many people are not aware of the potential side effects on the brain from certain common medications, which are prescribed to at least half of patients. New Findings  A recent study found out that if you were taking certain types of prescription or over-the-counter medications,…

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Your Brain and Music

Your Brain and Music - It’s a Catchy Thing

02/09/2015 | Neuroscience

Our favorite songs reach further than our ears – they speak to our brains and can affect our emotions. A catchy tune latches onto our mind, and we can’t get it out of our heads. Music casts a spell in many different ways, and scientists continually study the effects of music on the brain as a means to further understand overall brain function. Musical preferences vary, but it all means the same to our brains. Some scientists refer to the brain’s ability to consume and make sense…

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What “comprehensive” certification could mean to you

10/15/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansTreatments & ServicesNeuroscience

Recently, Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital was certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission in partnership with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. “Big deal,” you say? It sure is, and here’s why. Comprehensive Stroke Center is the highest designation awarded by the leading accreditation organizations in stroke. From the Joint Commission website: “The goal of establishing this new level of certification is to recognize…

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Brain Aneurysm: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

09/05/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansTreatments & ServicesNeuroscience

Approximately six million Americans, or one in 50, live with an unruptured brain aneurysm, and a rupture occurs every 18 minutes in the U.S. Unfortunately, the early warning signs are few and often dismissed or attributed to other causes. A brain aneurysm is a weak area in the blood vessel that balloons out, filling with blood. Aneurysms can take months or even years to form, and they can range from 1/8 to over one inch in size. Smaller aneurysms (accounting for 50 to 80 percent) may never rupture,…

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Special brain surgery helps young newlywed couple rebound from devastating disorder

06/17/2014 | NeurosciencePatient Stories

At an age when most young couples are planning their futures together, Travis and Tricia were faced with the challenge of a permanent disability caused by a “brain attack." Suddenly, Travis—an athletic 24-year-old—could no longer stand, walk, read or shower on his own. It all began when Tricia Metzger received an urgent phone call from her boyfriend, Travis Osting. The call came just as she was getting ready to head home after working a night shift as a nurse at a local hospital.…

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Stroke Awareness

06/08/2014 | Neuroscience

May is Stroke Awareness Month.Stroke is now the No. 4 cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States, but it can be preventable and treatable.We want people to be aware of the causes of stroke, their risk factors and the importance of early treatment. When a stroke occurs, a blood vessel in the brain is either blocked by a clot or may burst open. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get blood with oxygen that it needs, so the brain cells die. This can happen…

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LSVT Treatment Options for Parkinson’s

05/15/2014 | InnovationsNeurosciencePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

What is LSVT? LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) was named after Mrs. Lee Silverman and was developed in 1987.  The treatment has been scientifically studied for 20 years with funded support from the National Institute for Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) of the National Institutes of Health.  LSVT is an innovative way to improve the communication and movement in Parkinson’s disease patients.  This treatment can be applied to other neurological conditions. …

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A guide to exercise after a stroke

04/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesNeuroscienceOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationWellnessExercise

Free movement is something we all take for granted until we’re immobilized by a health event. For stroke patients, limited mobility is usually more than a temporary problem. Like many health issues, stroke recovery requires exercise. The earlier it begins, the more strength patients have to recover an independent lifestyle. “For so many reasons, we want to get them moving either actively or passively as soon as possible while they recover from the acute stage of a stroke,” says…

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Be Stroke Savvy

10/23/2013 | Neuroscience

We all know when it comes to a heart attack, we need to act quickly in order to save lives. A stroke is really a ‘brain attack’ and requires the same quick action. “If you’re witnessing someone having stroke like symptoms, the goal is to call 911 and get them help fast,” says Dr. James Fleck, Neurologist at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital. There are two main types of stroke, explains Dr. Fleck: Ischemic stroke: the most common type of stroke, this occurs…

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Gait Analysis Helps Athletes Improve Performance, Prevent Injuries

08/22/2013 | Treatments & ServicesNeuroscienceOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Most competitive athletes understand gait analysis as a value-added service offered by shoe retailers to match people with the right shoe for their individual body mechanics. While these methods are useful, a more extensive form of motion analysis is now available to athletes through the Neurorehabilitation and Robotic Clinic at the Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center. Using state-of-the-art equipment, this new lab provides a thorough, three-dimensional evaluation of individual movement…

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