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Brain; Discovery

Why daylight saving time may be bad for your brain and health

Daylight saving time can interfere with a person’s sleep schedule, but it also has been linked to increased rates of depression, heart attack, stroke, cancer, and car accidents. UT Southwestern's Dr. Joseph Takahashi explains why the time change is bad for your brain and health.

Back and Spine; Brain; COVID

Back pain relief at home: COVID-19 accelerates advances in video spine exams

Back pain can take a major toll on quality of life. Find out how our Spine Care team uses video visits to diagnose and treat patients with back, neck, and nerve pain. Learn more.

Brain; Cancer

Treating brain tumors with stereotactic radiosurgery

Precision medicine is critical to safely treating brain tumors. Learn more about the technology and treatment options available at UTSW.

Brain; COVID; Orthopaedics and Rehab

Life after coronavirus: PM&R helps patients beat muscle weakness, brain fog

After COVID-19 infection, many patients struggle with "brain fog" and muscle weakness. See how custom Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation care can improve patients' long-term health.

Brain; COVID; Heart

Are stroke sufferers silent victims of COVID-19?

COVID-19 fear and isolation is keeping patients with stroke symptoms from coming to the ER until it’s too late. Babu Welch, M.D., discusses the crisis in this MedBlog.

Brain; COVID; Mental Health

Why we touch our faces so much – and how to break the habit

Why is it so hard not to touch our own faces? Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic? UT Southwestern's neuropsychologist Dr. Nyaz Didehbani explains this instinctual, soothing behavior and how to resist it now more than ever.

Brain

What's possible in spinal cord rehab today and stem cell therapy in the future

Great strides are being made in stem cell therapy for spinal cord injuries. Merrine Klakeel, D.O., says that while UT Southwestern is at the center of this research, her team is currently implementing advanced strategies to help patients achieve higher levels of function and independence. Learn more.

Aging; Brain

Postoperative delirium in seniors: Recognizing the symptoms, reducing the risks

Post-operative delirium affects up to 50% of older adults, causing agitation and confusion after surgery. Left untreated, it poses long-term health risks. In this MedBlog, we discuss risk factors, symptoms, and two new programs that can help prevent and manage delirium. Learn more.

Brain

Stroke rehab should begin in the ICU

Dr. Nneka Ifejika is using a grant through the Texas Health Resources Clinical Scholars Program to analyze existing acute stroke and rehabilitation data sets to create “optimal rehabilitation” prediction models.

Aging; Brain

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia: Sorting myths from reality

There are many misconceptions about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, but learning about the conditions can empower families to make confident health care decisions. Tara Duval, M.D., discusses common misconceptions and offers tips for brain health. Read more.