Dementia, Memory, Neurosciences

Reducing your risk of dementia

As a person ages, changes often occur within the brain that may influence memory and other cognitive abilities. A large amount of research suggests that a healthy lifestyle and attention to common medical conditions may reduce the risk of developing more serious memory disorders like Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Scientists have speculated…

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Foundation, Parkinson’s Disease

$20 million gift will expand Parkinson’s disease programs and research

Norton Healthcare has announced a gift of $20 million to the “Just Imagine” campaign from the estate of Elizabeth Pahk Cressman, M.D., Ph.D., to support programming and research in Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders at Norton Neuroscience Institute. The gift will ensure greater access to medical expertise; expand innovative clinical translational research; and recruit, train and attract even…

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Migraine and Headaches, Neurosciences

Some foods can trigger migraine attacks; try eating whole foods regularly and drinking water

For some people with migraine, certain foods can trigger migraine attacks. The migraine trigger foods can be different for everyone, but some common suspects include caffeine, aged cheese, red wine and artificial sweeteners. Paying attention to migraine and diet triggers may help prevent future attacks. Everyone who experiences migraine can reduce their likelihood of a…

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Migraine and Headaches, Neurosciences

Trying to figure out how to get rid of a headache? Treatment options can depend on many factors

Many people wonder how they can get rid of a headache. The best way to treat headaches can depend on your personal situation, symptoms, lifestyle and medical history. Many headache conditions treated by headache specialists are considered chronic diseases, so while it may not be possible to “get rid of a headache” in all circumstances,…

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Migraine and Headaches, Neurosciences

Can weather trigger migraine and headaches? Yes, and here’s what you need to know.

Jokes and memes about Kentucky weather abound: You can have all four seasons in a day! One day it’s 70 degrees, the next it’s snowing. But for people who get migraine headaches, our weather fluctuations are no laughing matter. “The change in barometric pressure may act as a triggering event for people who experience headaches and…

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Neurosciences, Stroke

There’s nothing mini about a ‘mini stroke’

Mini stroke symptoms can be the same as a stroke, but may pass after a few minutes or hours. However, “mini stroke” isn’t an accurate name for what’s happening — it’s neither mini nor is it a stroke. The correct medical term is “transient ischemic attack,” and there’s no way for you to know on…

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Neurosciences

Neurosurgeon discusses brain aneurysm story shared by ‘Game of Thrones’ actor Emilia Clarke

You may know actor Emilia Clarke from the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones.” She plays Daenerys Targaryen, a central character in the show. If you’re not a huge fan of the series or just not that familiar with it, you may know Daenerys by her long blond hair and dragons that are often shown…

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Epilepsy, Neurosciences

Choice of medications for epilepsy seizures can make all the difference

Choosing the right epilepsy medication can have a big effect on the frequency of your seizures and your quality of life. First, finding the right medication depends on what type of epilepsy you have, partial seizures (also called focal seizures) or generalized seizures. All medications don’t work on all types of seizures, and the wrong…

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Epilepsy, Heart, Heart Rhythm Center, Neurosciences

Is it syncope or a seizure? Both can cause loss of consciousness

Syncope and seizure both can cause a loss of consciousness, but there are important differences. Syncope — commonly referred to as passing out or fainting — often results from a drop in blood pressure. Seizures, on the other hand, are caused by abnormal brain activity. The reason behind the abnormal activity may be epilepsy, stroke,…

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Heart Attack, Migraine and Headaches, Neurosciences, Stroke

The migraine with aura stroke risk and ways to lessen it

Some people who experience migraine face an increased stroke risk, but there are ways to lessen the danger, according to Brian M. Plato, D.O., headache and migraine specialist with Norton Neuroscience Institute. Nearly 1 in 5 women have migraine three times the rate for men. In the United States alone, 28 million women experience migraine….

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Neurosciences, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

Norton Healthcare nurse, 10 years seizure-free, living her dream after brain surgery

Very rarely does the average person stop in the middle of the work day to count their blessings. Often, living day to day is taken for granted. But for Emily Hughes, this could not be further from the truth. Despite the hustle and bustle of Norton Hospital’s ever-busy mother-baby unit, this postpartum nurse reminds herself…

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Neurosciences, Stroke

Strokes can happen at any age

Strokes don’t just happen to older people. They can happen at any age. When a younger person has a stroke, it can upend their life as a romantic partner, as a parent and as a breadwinner. A young stroke survivor may faces physical limitations they didn’t have before, which can affect their ability to work,…

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