Tag: neurology

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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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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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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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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Epilepsy surgery patient is seizure-free nine years and counting

Epilepsy surgery patient is seizure-free nine years and counting

From his early teen years, Dan Short was plagued by epilepsy. Complex partial seizures kept him from living a normal life. He tried numerous medications to stop the seizures, but they came with unpleasant or harmful side effects like weight gain and loss of cognitive ability.
Even with medications, his condition was not well-controlled. Sometimes,

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Migraine patients can play an active part in treatment

Migraine patients can play an active part in treatment

The National Headache Foundation states that more than 37 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. These intense, debilitating headaches can last for minutes or for days, and are often accompanied by sensory disturbances and nausea. Although there is no way to cure migraines, many treatment options provide hope and relief to headache sufferers every day.

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Nurse’s quick thinking makes her a patient among friends

Nurse’s quick thinking makes her a patient among friends

When Christal Adams, MSN, RN, began to show symptoms of a stroke, her medical training kicked in right away. “I knew exactly what was happening to me,” she says.
It was September 2011. Adams was 40 years old, a staff nurse at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and had recently completed her master’s degree in nursing. She was preparing

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CNRN credentials keep neuro nurses on the cutting edge of care

CNRN credentials keep neuro nurses on the cutting edge of care

Nursing is a broad and varied career with many opportunities. Some nurses choose to practice their craft in a variety of fields, but many, like Lisa Roberts, RN, CNRN, find their calling in a certain specialty and dedicate their lives to it.
Roberts spent the early years of her nursing career working in nursing homes

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