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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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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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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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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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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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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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6 things to know about our Comprehensive Stroke Center

6 things to know about our Comprehensive Stroke Center

We’re proud to announce that the Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center has been awarded certification as the first Comprehensive Stroke Center in Missouri.
Becoming a Comprehensive Stroke Center expands on the criteria for Primary Stroke Centers, a certification that Barnes-Jewish earned in 2005. Our new certification recognizes the significant differences in resources, staff

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Professor fights back after rare stroke

Professor fights back after rare stroke

Bill Postiglione was used to thinking on his feet. As a political science professor and karate club instructor at Quincy University, he stayed in top form for everything from classroom debates to training students in self-defense techniques.
At dinner with his wife in February 2012, Postiglione felt a sudden, severe pain in his head. He

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Stroke survivor learns to think FAST

Stroke survivor learns to think FAST

In February, Gary Finch was going through his regular morning routine when he started feeling weak on the right side of his body. His knee buckled when he tried to walk.
“I thought it would pass,” he says. “My wife told me to go to the hospital, but I just thought I’d wait and see

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