Have Kids in Sports? Know the Laws About Concussions

While anywhere from 1.6 to 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s estimated that nearly half of athletes (47 percent) who suffer concussive blows don’t report their symptoms. If you have children in sports, it’s important for you, as a parent, as well as … Read More

New Approach to Brain Tumors: Cut the Motor

It’s tough to hit a fast-moving target — especially if it’s microscopic and lodged deep in a person’s densely packed and highly sensitive brain. Yet that is the challenge doctors face in treating the cells of glioblastoma tumors, the most common and aggressive type of cancerous brain tumors. Why glioblastoma can be so deadly Glioblastoma … Read More

Can Peppers Prevent Parkinson’s Disease?

Strange but true: People who smoke cigarettes are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, a brain disorder that causes tremors, difficulty with movement, and depression. This is no reason to light up, as the harmful effects of smoking far outweigh any benefit. However, what researchers have discovered is that the tobacco plant is part of … Read More

Like a Pacemaker for the Brain (Video)

There may come a time when some patients with Parkinson’s disease need more than medications to manage their tremors, rigidity, slowness of movement and balance problems. For them, deep brain stimulation is an option. During deep brain stimulation surgery, electrodes are implanted in the brain to deliver electrical impulses that block the abnormal activity which … Read More

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Parkinson’s Drug Pump Shows Promise (Video)

Levodopa is considered the most effective drug to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The chronic, progressive neurological disease causes a person to lose control of body movements, resulting in tremors, muscle stiffness, loss of balance and a host of other problems. So far in the United States levodopa has only been available in pill … Read More

November: Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Find expert advice and information on prevention, risk assessment and treatment, and resources for families and caregivers. In honor of Alzheimer’s patients,  we’ve begun a social conversation about memory — the memories that people cherish. What is your favorite memory? Share with us. Read about the #onememory campaign and join the discussion. Explore Health Hub Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s … Read More

Surgery for the Most Challenging Brain Tumors (Video)

Because of a new laser technology, Cleveland Clinic’s doctors can offer hope to patients with tumors that were once inoperable. Gene Barnett, MD, director of the Burkhardt Brain Tumor Center at Cleveland Clinic, explains how the AutoLITT system destroys some of the most challenging, hard-to-reach tumors. AutoLITT uses new technology to target, heat and eradicate … Read More

What Is “Chemo Brain?”

The American Cancer Society describes “chemo brain” as the mental cloudiness cancer patients notice before, during, and after treatment. Now, a new study is the first to detect such changes in the brain activity of women while they were being treated. Halle Moore, MD, an oncologist at Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute, led the study. … Read More

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5 Questions to Ask About Parkinson’s

Your loved one was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. What should you do? What treatment options are available? How can you be proactive as a caregiver to be sure your loved one has the best treatment? In an article on Agingcare.com, Ryan Walsh, MD, PhD, Director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program at … Read More

The Week in Wellness

Does coffee get a bad rap? Can certain diets reduce inflammation in your body? What mental workouts will boost your brain? Read on for answers in this week’s top stories from Cleveland Clinic 360-5, a site devoted to wellness through mind, body and food solutions. 1. Coffee, Tea and Heart Health Coffee has a bad … Read More