Archive for 2015

Year in review: The most popular “On the Brain” posts of 2015

As we welcome in the new year, here’s a look back at the brain-related news you may have missed; a round-up of our most read blog posts of 2015: 1. Acupuncture and diet changes to treat neuropathic pain Peripheral Neuropathy is a common neurologic condition, which affects the peripheral nerves. The most common symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy are burning, tingling pain, which often feels like sharp electric sensation. More… 2. Dietary and lifestyle modifications for migraine … Read More

Miss Oregon an important voice for traumatic brain injury

When I was a freshman in high school, I suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a cheerleading accident. As someone who had no prior knowledge of brain injuries, it was difficult to understand what I was going through and why I felt so different during my recovery process. Because of the adversities I overcame as a result of my traumatic brain injury, I wanted to advocate for this serious and often ignored issue. After … Read More

Neurology residents teach Milwaukie 5th graders about the brain

“What have you learned about the brain so far today?” Hands shot into the air all around the 5th grade classroom at Linwood Elementary. “I learned that you have to wear a helmet.” “I knew this already, but that the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body.” It was an unusual day. As a resident in pediatric neurology, I usually spend my days seeing patients in the hospital or in … Read More

Valerie Palmer recognized for innovative social-impact contributions

Valerie Palmer, faculty instructor at OHSU, was recently selected by Encore.org as one of 41 Purpose Prize Fellows for her work creating an education exchange, bringing services to immigrant refugees and raising health-care professionals’ cultural awareness and cooperation. Encore.org is a national nonprofit that is building a movement to tap the experience of people in midlife and beyond who are using their encore years – the time of traditional retirement – to undertake powerful social-impact projects. Valerie S. Palmer Faculty Instructor, … Read More

Give Time: 3 ways to increase face-to-face contact with loved ones

With Thanksgiving just behind us and the end-of-the-year holiday seasons fast upon us, our minds often turn to our loved ones. In my family, we have made a conscious effort (and yes, with airfares these days, not a cheap one either!) to gather with an assortment of family members around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Though it can be an effort to meet up with family and friends, recent research brings home the point that this extra effort … Read More

Cleaning while we sleep: A novel approach in Alzheimer’s research

Every 67 seconds, an American develops Alzheimer’s disease. It affects 5.3 million people in the US and if no medical breakthroughs to prevent or cure the disease are found, this number will triple by 2050. In 2013, Jeffrey Iliff helped discover how our brains flush out toxic waste as we sleep. This is waste that builds up in our brains during the day – including the Alzheimer’s-linked protein, amyloid beta. His findings, which he’s advancing by the … Read More

OBI’s Bobby Heagerty featured at national meeting

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) held its 45th annual meeting in Chicago recently, attracting 30,000 neuroscientists from around the world to the windy city. Bobby Heagerty, director of community education and outreach for the OHSU Brain Institute (OBI), was asked to participate as a keynote speaker for the workshop on Brain Awareness. Introduced by Steve Hyman, president of SfN, and attended by several hundred participants, Bobby’s presentation made five key points to how to create a … Read More

Five things you should know when caring for a loved one with dementia

Caregiving for a loved one with dementia can be challenging to your family dynamics, your finances, and more. But did you know, it can also be hard on your emotional and physical health? Research shows that caregivers for persons with dementia are more vulnerable to health problems such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, anxiety and insomnia. It is important that caregivers take care of themselves as well as their care-recipients. 1. Find, and attend, a support group. It … Read More

Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is key goal for OHSU researchers

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Symptoms include memory loss, personality changes and trouble thinking, and the disease typically worsens over time. Current treatments cannot stop the disease from progressing, but they can slow the development of symptoms temporarily. Clinical diagnosis is determined by noting the degree of a patient’s mental decline, which is not obvious until there is severe … Read More

Acupuncture and diet changes to treat neuropathic pain

Peripheral Neuropathy is a common neurologic condition, which affects the peripheral nerves. The most common symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy are burning, tingling pain, which often feels like sharp electric sensation. Walking, especially on hard or cold surfaces can be very painful, often described as walking on ground glass or stepping on pebbles. When large nerve fibers are involved, patients are more likely to experience sensory loss and weakness in the feet and sometimes hands. … Read More

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