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  • Anesthetic

    Climbing Out of the Anesthetic Abyss

    October 11, 2018

    The first successful surgery under anesthesia occurred in the 1840s. Since then—more than 170 years later—people have been developing theories about what might be going on in the brain while a person is unconscious. And many mysteries remain.

  • Binge

    Why We Binge

    September 25, 2018

    Though binge-watching – and even the way we crave television at all – is a relatively recent phenomenon, the psychology behind why we become consumed in stories is actually a tale as old as time.

  • Great White

    Stroke: Surviving and Understanding Medicine’s Great White

    September 11, 2018

    Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the United States. A stroke occurs when there is an interruption of blood supply to the brain. As a result, nerve cells in the affected area of the brain are deprived of oxygen and die rapidly.

  • Botox

    The Surprising Uses of Botox

    July 25, 2018

    While Botox may be most commonly known for its usefulness as a cosmetic anti-aging treatment, what’s not nearly as well-known is that cosmetics were not the original intention of the substance. Dig a little deeper and you might be surprised to find out just how many uses the substance has in other areas of medicine.

  • Rendell Blog

    Watch Governor Ed Rendell Myth-Bust Parkinson’s

    June 22, 2018

    Earlier this week, former Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell announced that he’s living with Parkinson’s disease. Along with leading edge research and advancements in therapies for Parkinson’s patients, Rendell’s decision to make his diagnosis public is helping to shine a light on what a Parkinson’s diagnosis really means.

  • Robot Human

    Cowboys and Neurons: HBO’s Westworld Asks Tough Questions About Artificial Intelligence

    June 11, 2018

    The concept of non-human beings endowed with intelligence dates back to at least Homer in the late eighth or early seventh century B.C. As society has developed and our ability to tell stories enhanced by technology, the idea of intelligent machines has captured the minds of societies across the globe.

  • PT

    Physical Therapy Helps Parkinson’s Disease Patients Hold Steady

    April 27, 2018

    The ability to perform seemingly simple body movements can slip away as Parkinson’s disease progresses, but paradoxically, research suggests that movement itself could be a key to staving off the speed at which the disease impacts patients’ nervous systems.

  • nfl football earlier deaths

    Uncovering the Long Term Health Impact of Playing in the NFL

    February 02, 2018

    In 1987, NFL players went on strike. Teams scrambled to fill their rosters with “replacement players” with some experience with college or professional football. They became a footnote in sports history, but it turns out these players may actually play a critical role in helping us understand how playing in the NFL affects long-term health.

  • football concussions baltuch

    Concussion Watch: The Eyes on the Sides

    January 31, 2018

    Gordon Baltuch, MD, PhD, spends most of his days performing and teaching others to perform delicate brain procedures like Deep Brain Stimulation and MR-guided Focused Ultrasound. So when the Philadelphia Eagles took on the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game earlier this month, some were surprised to see Baltuch standing on the field alongside the coaches and players.

  • concussions

    Changing How We Detect and Treat Sport Concussions

    October 23, 2017

    With another season of scholastic football in full swing at school districts across the country, a growing number of physicians and athletic trainers are re-evaluating how they diagnose and treat head injuries suffered during practices and games.

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