Neurology

June 28, 2019

Does Alzheimer’s Disease Run in the Family? The Dilemma of Genetic Testing

The brain controls everything from how we process visual images to our ability to speak to our movements, like swinging a bat or knitting. Millions of Americans suffer with neurological conditions that affect movement, the most prevalent of which are essential tremor (ET), Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. “These diseases disrupt patients’ lives in […]

read more

May 3, 2019

Providing Care Close to Home – Franklin Seizure Clinic

Mission Health’s Angel Seizure Clinic is truly a gift for people who have seizures and live in the more remote areas of western North Carolina. One such resident is Cynthia Clark of Franklin. “Having the clinic closer to where I live is awesome,” said Clark. “It’s easier to make earlier appointments, and we don’t have […]

read more

March 8, 2019

Finding Strength in Living with Multiple Sclerosis – A Physical and Emotional Journey

By Sam LaRose In an Instagram post in October 2018, actress Selma Blair courageously went public with her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS). In the post, which has received more than 115,000 likes, she wrote “I am a forthcoming person and I want my life to be full somehow. I want to play with my […]

read more

October 25, 2018

Why FAST When You Can BEFAST? Spot a Stroke and Save a Life

By Robin Jones – Manager, Mission Stroke Program Strokes cause about 1 in 19 deaths in the US each year, making it the third leading cause of death for women and the fourth leading cause of death for men. Strokes are also a leading cause of serious long-term health conditions and disability in America. Catching […]

read more

December 8, 2017

Are You Sluggish During the Day? Try These 10 Sleep Tips Tonight

More than just inconvenient, poor-quality sleep can have a major impact on your overall health. “Sleep is necessary for life,” said Roy W. King, DO, a neurologist with Mission Neurology. “Sleep is required for both proper healing and for proper memory formations.” Chronic sleep deprivation increases risk of hypertension, kidney disease, heart disease, depression, diabetes […]

read more

October 11, 2017

A Pacemaker for the Brain? This Surgery Is Changing Lives for Patients with Parkinson’s, Essential Tremor

By Richard Lytle Jr., MD A surgical procedure known as deep brain stimulation (DBS) is used to treat neurological symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia. This procedure is recommend for patients whose symptoms cannot be adequately controlled with medication. A surgically implanted, battery-operated device – similar to a pacemaker – delivers electrical […]

read more

September 28, 2017

Sudden Silence – How Macon County’s Jeff Butler Found Expert Help after His Stroke

It started out as an ordinary January day in Jeff Butler’s income tax office in Clayton, Georgia. Then he tried to share a simple story with his wife. “I couldn’t find the words,” he recalled. Butler’s wife called his doctor, who urged them to get to the hospital immediately. When Butler reached the Angel Medical […]

read more

August 16, 2017

Strides in Parkinson’s Treatment – Exercise Helps Bring Back Motor Skills

Parkinson’s disease is progressive, with symptoms intensifying over time. The once confident motions of a brisk walk become stiff and slow. While Parkinson’s disease may make subtle advances, what’s not subtle is the effect exercise has to roll back time when combined with drug therapy. Progression of Parkinson’s Disease Without a test to confirm Parkinson’s, […]

read more

August 9, 2017

I Had a Stroke. Now What? – My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 12

So there’s the stroke, and then there’s life after having a stroke. Having a stroke is life-changing — for those who experience it and for the people in their lives. So, you or someone you know had a stroke. Now what? Rehab? Simple life changes? Maybe Stroke Camp? A stroke, or an attack on the […]

read more

June 8, 2017

If You Have Epilepsy, You Can Be a Mother, Too

Most women with epilepsy do not experience any problems becoming pregnant and have healthy babies. Although seizure medications carry a small risk of causing birth defects, choosing the right medication and having regular checkups during pregnancy can keep that risk to a minimum. Also, since having seizures during pregnancy can affect the baby, it’s important […]

read more