Neurosciences, Parkinson’s Disease

Staying safe behind the wheel with Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease affects the motor skills of the body, including large movements like walking and smaller movements such as getting bills out of your wallet. Parkinson’s can affect your ability to drive a vehicle, although when you should stop driving if you have Parkinson’s depends on the severity of your symptoms. No one wants to…

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Cancer, Gastroenterology, Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurosciences, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

Louisville man finds sophisticated and successful cancer care close to home

On the morning of March 12, 2019, I was still in a surgical gown and groggy after a colonoscopy when gastroenterologist William B. Evans, III, M.D., walked into the recovery room to deliver news I didn’t quite know what to do with. I still remember his words: “The good news is that I didn’t see…

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Memory, Neurosciences

Ways to prevent dementia start with the same healthy lifestyle that can improve your heart health

Perhaps the most effective way to prevent dementia is a healthy lifestyle that takes care of your heart, according to a Norton Neuroscience Institute memory care specialist. “We eat a lot of processed and fried foods in the South. We smoke more in the South. We exercise less in the South. So all of those…

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Neurosciences, Parkinson’s Disease

Shaky hands don’t always mean you have Parkinson’s

You might associate uncontrollable shaking of the body with Parkinson’s disease. Although shaking is a classic sign of Parkinson’s, there are other movement disorders that include similar symptoms. Essential tremor affects about 10 million Americans, and Parkinson’s affects about 1 million. Telling these two conditions apart can be tricky, and diagnosis can take time. Signs…

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Migraine and Headaches, Neurosciences

Pain at the base of the skull can be from a minor strain or muscle ache, but sometimes it means more

Pain in the upper neck, back of the head and behind the ear can be a symptom of occipital neuralgia. True occipital neuralgia is rare, affecting an estimated 3.2 per 100,000 people per year. The symptoms of occipital neuralgia can impact a patient’s quality of life, depending on severity. Symptoms include: Shooting, stabbing or throbbing…

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Brand Feature, Neurosciences, Parkinson’s Disease, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

Louisville man with early onset Parkinson’s gives back

It’s Friday evening, and Against the Grain Brewery in Louisville, Kentucky, is hopping. There’s food to serve, drinks to make and customers to keep happy. In the thick of it all is director of operations Jason Smith. You wouldn’t know it by looking at him, but Jason, 48, has been battling Parkinson’s disease for eight…

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Epilepsy, Neurosciences

Epilepsy can’t be cured, but you still can enjoy life to the fullest

Epilepsy can severely affect your quality of life, and while there is no cure for epilepsy, there are interventions that can prevent symptoms, counteract side effects of medicines and control seizures. In other words, epilepsy doesn’t have to sideline you from the game of life. In order to determine the best treatment plan for managing…

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Brand Feature, Neurosciences, Stroke

Stroke survivor teams up with Norton Neuroscience Institute to support others

Life can change in a single moment, and Christine Cosby-Gaither of Louisville never expected what would happen to her at just age 35. “I had a massive stroke on Jan. 28, 2019, at 4:45 a.m.,” she said. “I literally became a new person.” Christine was hospitalized, needed a breathing tube and remained in a coma…

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Movement Disorders, Neurosciences, Parkinson’s Disease

Easier follow-ups for movement disorders patients after deep brain stimulation surgery

Mike Ball has been living with Parkinson’s disease for 12 years. As the disease has progressed, the former pharmacist had to deal with tremors that impacted his ability to do everyday activities like eating and shaving. With an implant that interrupts uncontrolled movements, Mike has regained control of his body and can now get postoperative…

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Brand Feature, Employee stories - Norton Healthcare, Neurosciences, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

The lost ring was her mother’s — the mission was the receptionist’s

We can all imagine it — walking through a parking garage, putting keys away, making sure we have what we need for a doctor appointment. If a ring, earring or something else slipped off, we probably wouldn’t notice. The woman arriving for her neurologist appointment was distraught. Tears running down her face, she rubbed her…

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Dementia, Neurosciences

New Alzheimer’s drug may be approved soon

A new medication may be showing hopeful results in treating Alzheimer’s disease. New Alzheimer’s drug may be on the horizon Lecanemab, a monoclonal antibody treatment for mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease from Eisai Co. Ltd. and Biogen, dissolves or prevents beta-amyloid plaque from forming inside the brain, particularly in the early stages of buildup. In…

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Multiple Sclerosis, Neurosciences

Does Epstein-Barr virus cause MS?

The question of what causes multiple sclerosis (MS) has plagued doctors and researchers for decades. But a new study led by a team of Harvard scientists shows strong evidence that Epstein-Barr virus causes MS. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is one of the most common human viruses in…

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