Brain & Spine

Our clinical and board-certified experts provide insights on treatments for a range of brain, spine and central nervous system conditions

  • Is your favorite diet soda putting you at risk for stroke?

    Is your favorite diet soda putting you at risk for stroke?

    Diet soda could be putting you at risk for stroke and heart complications. Let us convince you to swap diet soda for these healthier alternatives.

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  • Is your brain sabotaging your efforts to lose weight?

    Is your brain sabotaging your efforts to lose weight?

    We commit to losing weight, come up with a doable plan and cut calories, but the scale barely moves. A Providence neurosurgeon explains why.

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  • Talking Multiple Sclerosis with Nancy Davis and Dr. Craddock

    Talking Multiple Sclerosis with Nancy Davis and Dr. Craddock

    To gain a better understanding of the disease, we sat down with two people who are passionate about multiple sclerosis.

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  • What is deep brain stimulation and how can it help?

    What is deep brain stimulation and how can it help?

    Our director of the Restorative Neurosurgery and Deep Brain Stimulation program talks about the emotional benefits for patients and families.

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  • Expert exercises for Parkinson’s disease

    Expert exercises for Parkinson’s disease

    A Providence neurologist offers easy-to-follow, effective exercises for people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

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  • Got a song stuck in your head? Here’s why.

    Got a song stuck in your head? Here’s why.

    “Earworms” might spell success for an artist, but when we can’t get the song out of our heads, it can be terribly distracting.

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  • Stroke awareness: Separating myth from fact with Dr. Jason Tarpley

    Stroke awareness: Separating myth from fact with Dr. Jason Tarpley

    In honor of Stroke Awareness Month, we talk with the director of the Pacific Neuroscience Institute about the realities of strokes.

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  • Ask an Expert: Can you have a stroke and not know it?

    Ask an Expert: Can you have a stroke and not know it?

    Providence stroke expert Ted Lowenkopf, M.D., provides advice for how to recognize and prevent strokes.

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  • Science agrees: Music hath charms to tame the savage breast

    Science agrees: Music hath charms to tame the savage breast

    Researchers are seeing evidence that music has therapeutic power in studies focused on stress, trauma and depression.

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  • Study finds association between diet drinks and risk of stroke, dementia

    Study finds association between diet drinks and risk of stroke, dementia

    You may drink a diet beverage to spare yourself some calories, but a new study says you may be taking risks by doing so.

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  • Can bad air quality affect your memory?

    Can bad air quality affect your memory?

    New research suggests microscopic particles we inhale from air pollution cause dementia and Alzheimer' disease.

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  • Worried about your young athlete and concussions? Advice from a boxer and a doctor

    Worried about your young athlete and concussions? Advice from a boxer and a doctor

    Josesito Lopez and Joey Gee, M.D., discuss the importance of knowing the symptoms of concussions and understanding the recovery process.

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  • Should coaches ban heading the soccer ball?

    Should coaches ban heading the soccer ball?

    You may want to think twice before you head that soccer ball coming at you—you may be hurting your brain more than you realize.

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  • Exercise can help people with Parkinson’s disease

    Exercise can help people with Parkinson’s disease

    Research shows positive effects in limb strength, endurance and flexibility.

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  • Aerobic exercise is good for the mature brain

    Aerobic exercise is good for the mature brain

    A study out of Wake Forest’s School of Medicine adds to the scientific evidence that exercise can improve brain function.

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  • Exercise could reduce memory loss in breast cancer survivors

    Exercise could reduce memory loss in breast cancer survivors

    Researchers say physical activity improves self-confidence and reduces stress and fatigue—paving the way for better memory.

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  • Mind games: Keep your memory fit

    Mind games: Keep your memory fit

    If you continue to exercise your brain, you’ll have a better chance of retaining healthy brain function as you age. 

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  • Numbers on youth concussions may be much higher than thought

    Numbers on youth concussions may be much higher than thought

    And while many focus on high school athletes who play contact sports such as football, one-third of the injured kids were under 12.

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  • Watch for Signs of Concussion in Your Young Athlete

    Watch for Signs of Concussion in Your Young Athlete

    Even though kids play competitive sports at a slower, less-intense level than professional athletes, they’re just as susceptible to the damaging consequences of concussions.

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  • Concussions Prevention and Detection

    A concussion is a head injury. It occurs when a blow to the head is strong enough that the cushioning provided by the cerebrospinal fluid is not enough to protect the brain from rotating in the...

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