Category: Neurology & Neurosurgery

The Best Care Begins With the Best Staff

The Best Care Begins With the Best Staff

When the Barnes-Jewish Hospital neurosurgical innovation unit was in the works, the plan was to trial and then implement a variety of best practices directed at better patient care. Those practices deemed successful would be rolled out hospital-wide.
One year after opening, the unit is embracing the concept that better patient care starts with having

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Concussions Can Happen To Any Athlete

Concussions Can Happen To Any Athlete

What happens when an athlete has a concussion? Watch our recent Medicine of the Games segment to learn more from David Brody, MD, PhD, a Washington University neurologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Put simply, there are little tears in the wiring of the axons, which connect one part of the brain to another. There are also

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Teacher Returns to Classroom 8 Days After Stroke

Teacher Returns to Classroom 8 Days After Stroke

On the one year anniversary of his stroke, Blair Russell spent the evening with friends at Busch Stadium cheering his favorite team, the St. Louis Cardinals, on to a win.
On May 4, 2015, 37-year-old Blair Russell was teaching his fifth-graders math, just as he did every day after lunch. Suddenly, something felt off. “I was

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Brain Tumor Survivor, Wife and Mother – 6 Years Later

Brain Tumor Survivor, Wife and Mother – 6 Years Later

Tamara Ramage Bruce’s life is full of blessings. In the past six years, she’s gotten married and had two children.
“I’m so grateful and amazed that I can be here,” she says with a laugh after being treated for a rare brain tumor in 2010.
Bruce was a healthy young woman in her mid-20s when

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Stroke Survivor Uses Her Art to Aid Recovery

Stroke Survivor Uses Her Art to Aid Recovery

Don’t ignore the early warning signs of a stroke. For internationally acclaimed textile artist and educator Lindsay Obermeyer, her first sign was double vision while having dinner with her daughter.
“Suddenly there were two of her,” Obermeyer recalls.
She went to the internet to search for a reason for her symptoms. “I read that it

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The Right Call; the Best Outcome

The Right Call; the Best Outcome

Prad Sabharwal was at home talking on the telephone with his brother early one morning when his right hand suddenly went numb. Within minutes, the 56-year-old St. Louisan couldn’t move his arm at all and then, just as sudden, his right leg also wouldn’t move. Sabharwal hung up the phone and called his wife,

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September Is Aneurysm Awareness Month

September Is Aneurysm Awareness Month

Receiving a diagnosis of a brain aneurysm can be frightening. Although ruptured aneurysms are relatively uncommon, they can cause very serious illness or result in loss of life.
A brain aneurysm is a weak, bulging spot on the wall of a brain artery that is very much like a weak spot on an inner tube

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May Is National Stroke Awareness Month

May Is National Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke has become the 5th leading cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 Americans each year. A stroke occurs when there is a blockage of vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. Fast, accurate treatment for stroke victims is critical for preserving

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Concussions: Athletes, Soldiers and Long-Term Effects

Concussions: Athletes, Soldiers and Long-Term Effects

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital wants to remind people that brain injuries can affect anyone. Concussions are the most common form of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and are the result of a blow, jolt or bump to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Since anyone can sustain

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Spine Tumor Removal Helps Man Walk Again

Spine Tumor Removal Helps Man Walk Again

Professional banker and grandfather, Dennis Hesker, 62, loved spending time with his family but found he was slowing down due to the emergence of some mysterious pain in his back and shoulders in early 2012. The pain was making it difficult to do the things he loved, including playing with his grandchildren and working on

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