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What Everyone Should Know About A Stroke

05/18/2012 | Treatments & ServicesNeuroscience

It can happen while you’re sitting at the kitchen table, shopping at the mall or driving down the road. It’s a devastating medical emergency that affects nearly 800,000 Americans a year—occurring once a minute every day. We’re talking about stroke, the #1 cause of disability in the United States. What is Stroke? A stroke, or “brain attack,” occurs when blood flow to part of your brain is blocked. There are two types of strokes: ischemic and hemorrhagic. An ischemic…

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Jeff Overcame a Rare Brain Tumor with Surgery and Proton Therapy

05/11/2012 | InnovationsTechnologiesTreatments & ServicesNeuroscience

When 56-year-old Jeff Graf thought he was having a stroke, he knew he needed to get help right away. And although doctors quickly ruled out stroke, test results revealed an equally menacing diagnosis: a rare tumor growing deep inside his brain. Facing an uphill battle, Jeff turned to the experts at Indiana University Health for answers. Here, the electrician from Greentown, Indiana, found a team of specialists, advanced treatment options and a level of care that few hospitals across the country could…

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Joint Pain

04/19/2012 | Treatments & ServicesNeuroscience

What is joint pain? Joint pain is the sensation of discomfort or soreness in a joint or joints of the body. Joints are the spaces or areas where two or more bones meet, such as the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle. Joint pain can be caused by many types of injuries or conditions. No matter what causes it, joint pain can be very bothersome. Joint pain can also come in the form of Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder that causes stiffness and pain in the joints. Osteoarthritis, another…

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What Is MS?

03/15/2012 | Neuroscience

Muscle weakness, fatigue, vision loss, dizziness, numbness and pricking pain. What do all these things have in common? They can all be symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic and debilitating disease that affects your central nervous system. As part of MS Education and Awareness Month in March, we talked to Indiana University Health neurologist, David Mattson, MD, PhD, to learn more about this life-altering disease. What Is MS? “With MS, the white blood cells that should be in our blood…

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Brain Neuromonitoring: Recording the Electrical Activity In Your Brain

03/13/2012 | InnovationsTechnologiesLatest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansTreatments & ServicesNeuroscience

Imagine if your loved one was having uncontrolled seizures, but you didn’t know it. There were no symptoms or warning signs, yet potential brain damage was occurring with each of these “silent” seizures. For most of us, this would be devastating. But what if your loved one could be at a place where someone was watching their brainwaves all the time, making sure they received immediate treatment when these silent seizures occurred? IU Health Neuroscience is the only program in the…

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Calista’s Story | Standing Up to Back Pain

10/05/2011 | StoriesPatient StoriesStories of StrengthTreatments & ServicesNeuroscienceOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

From time to time, we all experience aches and pains. But for Calista White, severe back pain was part of her daily life. Calista was born with a congenital muscle and spine disorder that causes her to ache and limits her mobility. And her pain only worsened when her spine began to collapse and pinch her nerves. “It feels like you shouldn’t be standing up,” she explained, “It is like someone has a sharp sword down your leg.” Eventually, Calista decided to stand up to…

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Beating Brain Cancer

07/28/2011 | Neuroscience

At the age of 17, you’re looking to the future. You imagine yourself in college, at a new job or in a new town. You look ahead and see nothing but potential. Then one day, you wake up and your whole perspective changes. It happened to Travis Weir. In his late teens, he woke up one morning and couldn’t see. An MRI revealed a brain tumor. The very next day, he had surgery to remove the tumor. A short time later, tests revealed it had grown back and Dr. Scott Shapiro, a neurosurgeon with…

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Collaborations for new discoveries and innovations in neuroscience

07/25/2011 | Neuroscience

Your brain works with your entire nervous system to send signals to different parts of your body. This collaboration allows you to solve problems, share thoughts, make new discoveries, and well, do just about everything. Without this collaboration, you wouldn’t be able to function at your highest level. The same is true when it comes to diagnosing and treating neurological conditions such as brain cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and stroke. Only through collaboration can we make new discoveries…

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Surviving A Stroke: A Race Against Time

06/16/2011 | Neuroscience

For more information about strokes, possible risk factors and life after a stroke, visit IU Health Stroke Services.

You may have heard the saying "Time lost is brain lost" in reference to strokes, and sadly, this saying has never been more true. Some 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year, making it the #1 cause of disability and the #3 leading cause of death in the U.S. But there are things you can do to limit the damage caused by a stroke. The most important is to know how to recognize a stroke. Symptoms include: Numbness or weakness in a person’s face, arm or leg — especially if it affects…

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Ft. Wayne Man Undergoes Groundbreaking Procedure to Remove Brain Tumor

01/21/2011 | Treatments & ServicesNeuroscience

Imagine having a life-threatening brain tumor that’s causing you to go blind. Now, imagine you’re 34 years old with a wife and son—and you’ve been given two years to live. This was the situation Indiana farmer Jeff Bulmahn faced in September 2009. Having been told his tumor was inoperable, he refused to accept the diagnosis and sought a crucial second opinion. He eventually found hope at Indiana University Health Neuroscience. Here, Bulmahn met with Dr. Aaron Cohen-Gadol,…

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