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Specialists Sound a New Alarm as Hearing Damage Surfaces in Youth

Specialists Sound a New Alarm as Hearing Damage Surfaces in Youth

This time the canary in the coal mine is a buzzing or ringing sound in your teenager’s ears. It’s called tinnitus, and it is likely a warning sign that damage is occurring because of too much exposure to too much noise. Ravi Samy, MD, FACS, an otolaryngologist with the Neurosensory Disorders Center at the University…
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Sweeteners, Headaches and the Unpredictability of Triggers

Sweeteners, Headaches and the Unpredictability of Triggers

Can artificial sweeteners trigger headaches? Only a few studies have examined the question, but the data indicate that aspartame, which is used to sweeten hundreds of products, can trigger headaches in a small percentage of people. Vincent Martin, MD, a UC Health physician and co-director of the Headache & Facial Pain Center at the University…
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Neurosurgery Researchers Recognized for Work in Bleeding Stroke Trial

Neurosurgery Researchers Recognized for Work in Bleeding Stroke Trial

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, perhaps, but the University of Cincinnati Department of Neurosurgery was treated to breakfast this week for its success in a long-running stroke trial that includes 80 sites around the world. The MISTIE¹ trial, which began in 2006 and is now in its third iteration as MISTIE III,…
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UC Expert Eyes a Future of Precision Medicine in Parkinson’s

UC Expert Eyes a Future of Precision Medicine in Parkinson’s

The world’s experts in Parkinson’s disease have arrived at a sobering juncture. After a global investment of $23 billion in the development of new therapies for Parkinson’s disease, researchers are discovering that one therapy can’t possibly cure all. Parkinson’s disease, says Alberto Espay, MD, MSc, director of the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family…
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Waddell Center Event Celebrates Accomplishments, Hopes for Future

Waddell Center Event Celebrates Accomplishments, Hopes for Future

The phrase was “critical mass.” It surfaced repeatedly as more than 50 members of the region’s multiple sclerosis community came together last week to celebrate the transformation of the University of Cincinnati Waddell Center for Multiple Sclerosis from a dream that flickered periodically to a thriving center of excellence. “We are here to celebrate the…
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When It Comes to Stroke, Think FAST

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. Because May is Stroke Awareness Month, UC Health physicians at University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute want you to know how to stop a stroke in its tracks. A stroke occurs when a blockage stops blood flow to the brain, or a blood vessel near…
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A 56-Year Love Story: Advocates and Role Models in Sickness and in Health

A 56-Year Love Story: Advocates and Role Models in Sickness and in Health

When Jerry Wuest began holding his left arm in an odd way, not swinging it but rather holding it across his chest in a gesture he called his “Bonaparte,” he and Sandy knew nothing about Parkinson’s disease. In the 34 years since that time, they have become two of the region’s most influential advocates for…
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Andy’s Story: A Rare Disease and a Save

Andy’s Story: A Rare Disease and a Save

Ten months after the nightmare began, 10 months after hanging on through a coma, continuous seizures, and prolonged anesthesia, Andy Reesey stared up at his parents from his hospital bed and began to speak. “Something is not right neurologically,” he said. Tears in their eyes, Andy’s parents e-mailed Andy’s physician, Dr. Simona Ferioli, with the…
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Dr. Opeolu Adeoye Earns ‘Shark Tank’ Honor for Brain-Monitoring Device

Dr. Opeolu Adeoye Earns ‘Shark Tank’ Honor for Brain-Monitoring Device

Opeolu Adeoye, MD, a UC Health emergency physician and neurocritical care specialist and a member of the UC Comprehensive Stroke Center and UC Neurotrauma Center, won the $5,000 prize in the UC College of Medicine’s recent Shark Tank competition. Dr. Adeoye’s winning pitch to Cincinnati investors and business experts is a non-invasive, disposable device called…
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Donna’s story: Rising above Glioblastoma

Donna’s story: Rising above Glioblastoma

As the UC Brain Tumor Center leaps into spring with its annual wine tasting event, April 21, and the opening of online registration for Walk Ahead for a Brain Tumor Cure, one Cincinnati couple is more than ready to join in: Donna Blundred, a four-year survivor of glioblastoma multiforme, and her husband, Larry. Donna and…
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