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Music as Medicine: Why a New Kind of Neuro-Rehab Is Taking Off

Rebecca Strong | Posted 05.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Strong

Ancient Greek philosophers believed that music had a therapeutic purpose -- including to treat depression, mania and even hangovers. In the Native Ame...

I Never Thought Stroke Would Happen to Me

American Heart Association - Western States | Posted 05.13.2016 | Healthy Living
American Heart Association - Western States

by Myra Wilson, Stroke Survivor On November 3, 2014, I was in nursing school working as a student nurse at a hospital in Seattle. My first sign th...

How Cannabis Came to My Rescue

Erin Donley | Posted 11.06.2016 | Impact
Erin Donley

Can we just stop for a minute and marvel at how our suffering as humans is decreasing by the minute? In Oregon, cannabis is now available for adult use with no illness or explanation necessary.

Live And Live A Life

Richard L. Burns | Posted 06.09.2016 | Fifty
Richard L. Burns

You're prompted to move in your hospital bed. Simple things like moving arms and legs. Sitting up and lying down. Changing positions. Rolling over.

Improving Stroke Rehab, One Monitored Step at a Time

Nancy Brown | Posted 04.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

One day a few years ago, Bruce Dobkin gazed out his office window on the UCLA campus and noticed a sign about an upcoming event for engineers. Dobkin...

Be The Best You Can Be No Matter What The Obstacle

Richard L. Burns | Posted 03.24.2015 | Fifty
Richard L. Burns

You have been given a special gift. A second chance at life. And there's a guide for all this; to be the best you can be, no matter the obstacles. Injury or hurt, illness or surgery, stroke or cancer, bones or body, whatever the medical trauma.

Think Stroke Can't Happen to You? Think Again

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 03.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

While one's risk of stroke does increase with age (the majority occur in people age 80 and older), stroke can happen to anyone, at any age -- even to young, healthy adults.

The Christmas I Died -- Briefly -- Only To Wake Up With A Greater Sense Of Purpose

Richard L. Burns | Posted 02.22.2015 | Fifty
Richard L. Burns

'Twas the day after Christmas and all through the house, happiness reigned. The year was 1968 and as usual I was busy with clients on the phone, when suddenly, a headache, like I've never had before, struck me. I went upstairs to lie down and rest with my young son watching over me. Then to the hospital I went and my life to heaven, for I died, to awake with new purpose and intent.

Bad News For Mexican-American Stroke Survivors

VOXXI | Hope Gillette | Posted 03.19.2014 | Latino Voices

According to the Office of Minority Health (OMH), Hispanics are less likely to die from a stroke should one occur, but before you start celebrating wi...

How Do You Help a Friend Who's Hurting?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 12.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

So here's what I learned from Tiffany about helping a friend who's hurting. Don't be afraid of breaking her. Ask what would help. And go ahead and ask for something right back. Nothing heals like knowing you're needed.

Stroke Victim Dubbed 'Mr. Happy' No Longer Able To Feel Sadness

Posted 08.12.2013 | Fifty

Malcolm Myatt, a 68-year-old grandfather from England, is smiling a lot these days. And with good reason. After doctors told him a stroke had affected...

Can Dogs Help Some Patients More Than Docs?

Harshada Rajani | Posted 10.01.2013 | Good News
Harshada Rajani

While doctors are the obvious magicians behind maximizing our quantity of life, dog lovers would agree that dogs are the quintessential kings of enriching our quality of life.

Taking Back My Happiness

Harshada Rajani | Posted 04.22.2013 | Good News
Harshada Rajani

I've realized that I've been searching for happiness in all the wrong places; the places in which I had learned to subconsciously associate with incredible amounts of happiness.

They Just Can't Help Themselves -- NOT

Myra Demeter | Posted 04.07.2013 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

We have two indoor cats, Shekie and Portia, whom we adore. We believe they are safer enjoying the view of nature from our large, arched windows, as are the birds, squirrels and other wildlife that frequent our backyard.

Like My Character, Hercules, I Used to Think I Was Invincible

Kevin Sorbo | Posted 03.26.2013 | Impact
Kevin Sorbo

There are many myths and misconceptions about stroke. As a survivor, I have learned that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable. An easy way to recognize the sudden signs of stroke is to remember the acronym F.A.S.T.

The Long Path To Repairing A Damaged Brain

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 03.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

We know from both animal and human research that with the right amount and type of therapy, we can both instruct other areas of the brain to take over the function of the damaged brain and also direct the damaged axons to connect with nerve cells that work.

My Love/Hate Relationship With The Brain

Harshada Rajani | Posted 03.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Harshada Rajani

I know that as a medical student and a fellow miraculous survivor, I should, like Jill Bolte Taylor, maturely and gracefully appreciate the awesome intricacies and tenacious strength of the brain. Instead, I'm totally disgusted by it.

I Found My Voice in a Hopeless Place

Harshada Rajani | Posted 02.12.2013 | Good News
Harshada Rajani

My horrible experience, my months of forced introspection, and my unquenchable desire to be heard, gave me a powerful yet vulnerable voice.

Go Hard or Go Home: Fighting for My One Sweet Day

Harshada Rajani | Posted 03.01.2013 | Good News
Harshada Rajani

It was a horrible day, a tragic day, a devastating day, a day where I lost everything, but, I know, sadly, that one, singłe day will forever define who I am, and who I will be.

From Invisible to Invincible

Harshada Rajani | Posted 11.04.2012 | Impact
Harshada Rajani

I tried to get up, but my body refused to budge. I tried to cry out, but all that came out of my mouth was silence

My Stroke of... Luck?

Harshada Rajani | Posted 03.01.2013 | Good News
Harshada Rajani

In a second, I fell, from heaven to hell, from peace to utter chaos, from perfection to obliteration. In a second, I lost it all, my past, my present, and most tragically, my future.

Sometimes You Just Have To Run Away

Myra Demeter | Posted 09.27.2012 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

My husband Dan is disabled after suffering a stroke 23 months ago. Having devoted myself entirely to his care for an extended period of time it was inevitable that I would lose a part of myself. We were totally entwined and I was focusing all my energy on Dan. That left very little space for me.

How Music Sustained Me After My Husband's Stroke

Myra Demeter | Posted 08.30.2012 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

It was sometime during our second night in the ICU, when I was again huddled in the sole visitor chair, that I began to hear the most beautiful strains of music coming from somewhere outside my husband's hospital room.

My Husband Has a Harem!

Myra Demeter | Posted 07.21.2012 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

this is Tuesday it must be Lisa. If this is Thursday it must be Gretchen. If this is Monday, Wednesday or Friday, it must be Vivian. These are the women in Dan's life today.

Music as Medicine

Myra Demeter | Posted 07.18.2012 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

When Dan had his stroke, his occupational therapist suggested that piano lessons would be beneficial for his brain and his motor skills.