News Archive 2019-2021

Making a comeback: New ways to prevent — or even reverse — dementia, paralysis and blindness

Scientists long believed the brain was immutable, unable to recover functions lost to injury or disease. But in the past few decades, researchers have devised methods to manipulate the brain and central nervous system to help the paralyzed move and enable the blind to see, and they’re moving closer to restoring lost cognitive abilities.

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Same injury, different brain: Exploring how women’s trauma recovery differs from men’s

Five years ago, Odette Harris, MD, professor of neurosurgery and a brain trauma expert, began to weave an age-old question into her research: What are the differences between men and women?

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Good vibrations: Can Parkinson’s symptoms be stopped?

Kanwarjit Bhutani stepped out of an elevator with his wife, unaware his life was about to change. A woman had followed the couple and, out of the blue, recommended that Bhutani see Stanford Medicine researcher Peter Tass, MD, PhD, about his promising treatment for Parkinson’s — a vibrating glove.

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A delicate operation

Ari Ellman was 2 when Stanford surgeons removed a growth at the base of his skull by entering through his nose, an unprecedented approach for a child so small.

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Nourishing the brain with blood from the belly

When Hope Kim was 6, a debilitating stroke forced her to spend a month in Seattle Children’s Hospital, then years in physical and occupational therapy. Though it’s rare for someone so young to have a stroke, Kim has a brain condition called moyamoya that upped the odds.

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Software Turns ‘Mental Handwriting’ Into On-Screen Words, Sentences

Stanford researchers, led by Dr. Jaimie Henderson, have coupled artificial-intelligence software with a brain-computer interface device implanted in the brain of a man with full-body paralysis; quickly converting the man's thoughts about handwriting into text on a computer screen.

MicroMESH: A microscopic Polymeric Network to Attack Glioblastoma Multiforme

A recent collaboration between Stanford neurosurgeon Dr. Gerald Grant and the Italian Institute of Technology has found a biodegradable polymeric net could serve as effective therapeutic alternative in the fight against glioblastoma.

Stanford Patient Recounts Journey Back From Massive Brain Bleed

Ten years after a Stanford patient suffered a massive stroke and underwent two brain surgeries by moyamoya expert Dr. Gary Steinberg, she's publishing a book of poems written by moyamoya warriors like her.
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Treating Brain Tumors PodCast

Dr. Michael Lim discusses treatment approaches for brain tumors, and why he went into medicine, on this podcast hosted by STEM Pod Leaders.

Brain Implants for Essential Tremor Calm Artist’s Hands

Capitalizing on Collaboration in Neurology Care

Ultrasound Therapy for Essential Tremor