Category: Neurology & Neurosurgery

Myths About Stroke

Myths About Stroke

Although stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of adult disability, many myths surround this disease. Recognizing signs and symptoms of stroke is difficult and the symptoms are often mistaken for other conditions, such as the general signs of aging or symptoms of a heart attack. Test how

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Why I Walk: Neurosciences team captain shares thoughts on Heart Walk

Why I Walk: Neurosciences team captain shares thoughts on Heart Walk

Mary Spencer, MSN, RN, is the executive director of neurosciences and orthopedics at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and is one of the hospital’s Heart Walk team captains. She explains why participating in the 2014 Heart Walk at Busch Stadium May 10 is important to her.
The American Heart Association’s mission is to build healthier lives, free of

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Day in the Life of a CSRN – Calvin Thomas and JoAnn Burns

Day in the Life of a CSRN – Calvin Thomas and JoAnn Burns

Jo-Ann Burns and Calvin Thomas have earned a new credential to add after their names — stroke certified registered nurse (SCRN). Burns and Thomas were the first nurses within BJC HealthCare to attain the certification and are among only 13 certified stroke nurses in Missouri, and just more than 400 nationwide.
More than just additional

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A whole new life after epilepsy surgery

A whole new life after epilepsy surgery

Jacob Koesterer remembers becoming disoriented and blanking out for a few seconds frequently as a kid, a side effect from having a brain tumor removed before age 1. Growing up, Koesterer suffered through various levels of seizures, and when he was 16, he had his first grand mal seizure, and it became clear that something

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Brain Surgery Before Student’s 20th Birthday

Brain Surgery Before Student’s 20th Birthday

Mike Buehler just celebrated his 20th birthday. He considers health to be one of his best birthday presents: an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) was removed from his brain a couple of months ago and it will not be coming back.
An AVM is a variation of the blood vessels, usually present at birth, that can occur

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Brain tumor removed on patient’s wedding anniversary

Brain tumor removed on patient’s wedding anniversary

Katie Guynn of Florissant, Mo. and her husband go on a cruise every year for their anniversary. But on their eighth wedding anniversary, the cruise was postponed because Guynn was at Barnes-Jewish Hospital having a tumor removed from her brain.
Deteriorating eyesight was her first symptom. Initially, Guynn thought her eyes were strained from the

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Brain tumor symptoms and when to seek help

Brain tumor symptoms and when to seek help

According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 23,000 people were diagnosed with malignant primary brain tumors (cancerous tumors that originate in the brain) in 2013. Unfortunately, detecting the presence of a brain tumor is not always straightforward. Depending on the type, size and location of the tumor, symptoms can appear in many different ways and at

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Brain aneurysm strikes young athlete

Brain aneurysm strikes young athlete

Evan Phelps had a wonderful Thanksgiving with his family, filled with fun and lots of food. Like the good athlete he is, he stuck to his exercise routine and went right back to the gym the Friday after to work off the turkey and pie.
What he did not expect was to have a subarachnoid

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Screening tool helps patients return to normal after stroke

Screening tool helps patients return to normal after stroke

Half of all patients who suffer a stroke will develop dysphagia, or swallowing difficulties. Dysphagia is associated with higher mortality, aspiration pneumonia and even malnutrition.
To be able to eat and drink again, each person is screened to see if they can swallow on their own. A screening tool developed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for detecting

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When is a headache more than just a headache?

When is a headache more than just a headache?

Headaches, whether occasional or chronic, can be a common (and painful) part of life. But sometimes they can be an indicator of something more serious, especially when paired with other symptoms. But how can you tell if it’s more than just a headache?
“The vast majority of headaches can be attributed to some kind of

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