Dr. Rx: Recognize stroke’s signs and symptoms

By: Kelsey Tate
Posted on: September 15, 2020

Q: Last year my father had a stroke, and I didn’t know what to do. What are the signs of a stroke that I should be aware of — and how should I respond? A: Strokes are relatively common yet very dangerous. According to the CDC, they are the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States. Strokes can lead to severe injury and permanent disability in many adults. It is important... READ MORE

Time to rethink how we study Parkinson’s

By: Alberto Espay and Benjamin Stecher
Posted on: September 15, 2020

A decade ago, one of our colleagues was asked at a conference, “When will we have a cure for Parkinson’s disease?” “It could happen at any time,” he replied. “It could happen next year. It could happen in 10 years. It could happen tomorrow.” Our colleague’s optimism was well-founded. Talented researchers were hard at work in laboratories throughout the world, and money ... READ MORE

Kids, parents take DIY tests for science

By: Lindsey Tanner
Posted on: September 15, 2020

In a comfy suburb just outside Nashville, a young family swabs their noses twice a month in a DIY study seeking answers to some of the most vexing questions about the coronavirus. How many U.S. children and teens are infected? How many kids who are infected show no symptoms? How likely are they to spread it to other kids and adults? “The bottom line is we just don’t know yet the... READ MORE

Tips to get better sleep in the hospital

By: Melissa Bartick, M.D.
Posted on: September 15, 2020

If you or any of your loved ones has ever been hospitalized, one of the complaints you may have heard most is how hard it is to sleep in the hospital. There are lots of things about hospital routines that can make things difficult for patients to sleep, besides noise and illness. While some hospitals have taken steps to ensure that patients are not interrupted unnecessarily at night,... READ MORE

Antibodies may treat, prevent COVID-19

By: Marilynn Marchione
Posted on: September 15, 2020

With a coronavirus vaccine still months off, companies are rushing to test what may be the next best thing: drugs that deliver antibodies to fight the virus right away, without having to train the immune system to make them. Antibodies are proteins the body makes when an infection occurs; they attach to a virus and help eliminate it. Vaccines work by tricking the body into thinking... READ MORE

To keep your brain sharp, eat smart

By: Leslie Goldman
Posted on: September 15, 2020

Brain food is very real, helping to shape your ability to remember simple things (well, allegedly simple things) like where you put your darn keys, as well as fighting serious memory-related disorders. Here are four food tips that may help boost your brain: Sip tea. Whether green or black, this brew is rich in micronutrients called polyphenols. These compounds can travel into the... READ MORE