neuroscience Articles

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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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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Get Back at Chronic Back Pain

07/16/2013 | Neuroscience

Perhaps your back hurts first thing each morning, every time you play golf, or only after you lift something heavy. No matter when back pain causes you misery, it’s important to understand the underlying causes and what can be done to alleviate it so you can get back to doing the things you enjoy. Common Causes of Back Pain According to Dr. Saad Khairi, Section Chief of Neurosurgery at Indiana University Methodist Hospital and Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Indiana…

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Living with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

07/09/2013 | Neuroscience

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? “Carpal tunnel syndrome is the result of compression of the median nerve as it crosses the wrist within  the carpal tunnel,” explains Dr. Nicholas R. Jasper, Assistant Clinical Professor with the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  Carpal tunnel syndrome is more common in people with certain medical conditions: diabetes mellitus, amyloidosis, hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis. …

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Saving Time, Saving Lives

05/28/2013 | Neuroscience

When it comes to a medical emergency, we all know that time is off the essence. IU Health is making the most of every patient’s time with lifesaving Telemedicine technology. This communication and information technology uses cameras, audio and other remote monitoring tools to provide healthcare to patients from long distances and in underserved geographic regions. Methodist Health Foundation, championing the mission of IU Health Methodist Hospital through gifts from donors, has been an integral…

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Depression Slows Stroke Recovery

05/02/2013 | Neuroscience

Many people who are battling through recovery after a stroke are slowed down by depression. They feel sad, hopeless, worthless or helpless, and these feelings keep them from making progress in regaining skills they lost. Other signs of depression may include: Loss of interest in hobbies or activities Decreased energy Changes in sleep habits Appetite or weight changes Thoughts of suicide Restlessness or irritability Depression in stroke patients can be caused by biochemical changes in the stroke-affected…

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Is Your Back Pain Normal?

02/24/2013 | Neuroscience

It’s normal to experience some aches and pains as we age, but when pain, numbness and weakness interfere with your golf game or your daily walk, it could be something more serious. What is Spinal Stenosis? Spinal stenosis is defined as narrowing of the open spaces in your spine, causing pressure on the nerves that travel through the openings. It can occur anywhere in the spinal canal, but it is most common in the lower back (called lumbar stenosis) and neck (called cervical spinal stenosis).…

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