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Check out ongoing Clinical Research Trials at Vanderbilt HERE.

BethAnn McLaughlin interviewed on On the Home Stretch about the myth of autism MMR connection and the real concerns about environment and children's health.

Google Founder Sergey Brin's Quest to Increase Bioinformatic Processing of Neurodegenerative Disease Genes.  Excellent Wired article here.

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Clinical Neuroscience Scholars website is up and awe-some! Find out more HERE

Stroke Facts

Stroke Trials

 Keep Up To Date With Ongoing Stroke Trials at The Internet Stroke Center.  The Center is funded by NIH and has all you need to know in a stroke specific manner. 

Plus, look.....we have this incredibly good looking group of smart people in white coats on our stroke team who are eager to help you if you have a stroke. 

See their bios here!

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Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and disability resulting from stroke related disorders cost an estimated $57.6 billion in 2006 alone. In spite of the huge financial, social and economic burden of stroke, we have only one FDA approved drug, a clot buster called TPA, to treat individuals who have suffered strokes.  Even with the success of which has been linked to early delivery of this drug, less than 3% of eligible patients receive TPA, which must be given within systemically within 3 hours of the onset of stroke symptoms. 

We strive to increase public awareness of stroke symptoms so individuals might recognize essential features of this medical emergency.

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

Stroke risk is particularly high in older individuals with a history of smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, prior stroke or transient ischemic attacks, heart rhythm disorders, diabetes and obesity.  Working with health care providers, there are new and highly effective strategies to address many of the public health problems that are strongly associated with stroke. 
Vanderbilt has been designed a Primary Stroke Center, the highest rating for care given by Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.  The McLaughlin lab and other members of the Vanderbilt Neurostroke division seek to understand how to increase brain cell survival following stroke.  To learn more visit the Neurostroke Division .  To learn more about stroke risk, recognizing symptoms and increasing public awareness visit The Stroke Association.  

To understand the global economic impact of stroke and other diseases we suggest viewing the World Health Report. 

Thoughts on Stroke Prevention

 As a part of the Osher Life Long Learning Series Dr. Howard Kirshner, Vice Chair of Neurology, shares thoughts on stroke prevention.  Watch it here (because he was also named one of America's Top Doctors)

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) affects both children and adults and can result in significant disability. Often dismissed as 'just a concussion', we have increasingly come to realize that CNS injury is profound following repeated mild stressors. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 1.7 million US citizens suffer TBI each year. For more about TBI, we recommend this NPR site. We also suggest that patients use extreme caution when looking for information on TBI online and use resources like the CDC, NIH, and AAN, which are science-based. Simply "Googling" TBI will give you many websites developed by lawyers. You can find out more about Vanderbilt's participation in TBI awareness by visiting this site which will link you to the BRAIN resource center.

How Does Stroke Kill Cells?


There's a great Webinar Here for Pros featuring some awesome graphics and experts talking about how cells are stressed by oxygen deprivation (hypoxia). They are focused on cancer, where tumors need to survive with limited oxygen but the biology is the same as when the brain is deprived of oxygen in stroke, cardiac arrest or suffocation injuries.  

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If you're looking for something a bit more user friendly, we love this explaination for kids on the site.

The Rest of Us

The Cleveland Clinic has some very helpful slides for helping folks understand what happens in adult and pediatric stroke as well as with brain anyerisms. Check it out here

Our paper "CHIP is an Essential Determinant of Mitochondrial Stress Signaling" is online now!  GET IT HERE.  Press release here.

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