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Brain; Pediatrics

Moyamoya disease and syndrome: Knowing the difference can prevent a stroke

Moyamoya disease and moyamoya syndrome both reduce blood flow to the brain, increasing the risk of stroke. Babu Welch, M.D., discusses the difference between the two conditions, how we treat them, and how to reduce your risks.

Brain

'It's like they flipped a switch': How HIFU relieved man's tremor after 50 years

UT Southwestern is the first center in Texas to offer High Intensity Focused Ultrasound to treat essential tremors and other neurological conditions. Patient Jimmy Hiner said the new technology helped relieve his tremor, which had been with him for about 50 years.

Brain; Cancer

Gamma Knife gives brain cancer patients access to top team and technology

Successful outcomes in Gamma Knife radiosurgery require a team approach – and a lot of quality checks. Neurosurgeon Toral Patel, M.D., discusses the process in this week's MedBlog.

Brain; Cancer

A story of Hope and teamwork: Facing a brain tumor at age 24

When an SMU grad student learned she had a 2-inch brain tumor in her right frontal lobe that was causing seizures, she turned to the team of neurosurgery and epilepsy specialists at UT Southwestern's Peter O'Donnell Brain Institute to give her a second chance at life.

Brain; Cancer

Glowing tumors: How fluorescence helps neurosurgeons fight brain cancer

UT Southwestern's neurosurgery team recently performed the first two fluorescence-guided brain tumor removals in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, using an advanced technology that makes the cancer cells glow so it is easier to see and remove them. Kalil Abdullah, M.D., led the surgery team and discusses the effect of this advanced treatment for glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive form of brain tumor.

Brain; Discovery

Taking aim at tau to develop Alzheimer's breakthroughs

At UT Southwestern, physician-scientists at the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute have been hard at work trying to unravel the brain’s biggest mysteries. Dr. Marc Diamond and his lab are making significant progress studying the tau protein and uncovering the fundamental roots of Alzheimer’s in hopes of developing an effective treatment for the disease.

Brain; Pediatrics

5-year-old boy is seizure-free a year after advanced epilepsy surgery

Born 16 weeks early, Jordan's health defied the odds. But at age 4, he started having back-to-back seizures – as many as 50 a day. See how team-based care and precision epilepsy surgery gave Jordan his life back, free from seizures.

Brain; Mental Health

Breakthroughs in depression research lead to more effective treatments

For many years, patients had to endure a trial-and-error process that often mismatched them with antidepressants. But through the power of UT Southwestern's research, doctors can use a blood test, brain imaging, and artificial intelligence to provide effective and biologically backed treatment for depression.

Brain; Pediatrics; Your Pregnancy Matters

Brain tumor surgery with quadruplets on the way: Katie's extra-complex pregnancy

Katie Sturm was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor while she was pregnant with quadruplets. She had surgery at UT Southwestern and later delivered her four sons during a pandemic. Read her amazing story on the Your Pregnancy Matters blog.