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Is It Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease…or Just Forgetfulness?

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease We all have moments of forgetting things, but when is it time to be concerned that a loved one’s forgetfulness is turning into something more? “The number one sign for Alzheimer’s/dementia is the gradual, insidious progression of cognitive loss,” says Dr. John Webb, lead physician in Neurology at St. Elizabeth Healthcare.  

Do you know the symptoms of depression?

Depression is a serious mood disorder likely rooted in a combination of factors: Genetics, chemical imbalances in the  

Better Speech and Hearing Month: Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)

Did you know that difficulty swallowing can occur as a result of a stroke or undergoing treatment for head and neck cancer? Did you know that according to the CDC it is estimated 89 percent of people with traumatic brain injury, MS and Parkinson’s disease have trouble with swallowing? Did you know that speech-language pathologists  

The 5 Sudden Symptoms of a Stroke

Each year, the American Stroke Association estimates of the 800,000 people in the United States who have a stroke, 600,000 have never had a stroke before. The American Stroke Association and St. Elizabeth Healthcare believe the only way to reduce that number is to work together and educate the community. “The one word to remember  

Patient Avoids Surgery Thanks to Vital Consultation

One night, at the Reed household in Williamstown, a scary series of events started to unfold. John Reed stood up for dinner, got dizzy and fell – striking his head on the tile floor. “I realized right away that he wasn’t responding, so I called 911,” remembers his wife, Phyllis, who happens to be a  

Good news about strokes?

Yes! The American Heart Association  (AHA) reports that 80 percent of strokes can be prevented by taking these steps: Control your blood pressure Stop smoking Exercise Manage atrial fibrillation With uncontrolled high blood pressure to blame for more than half of all strokes, it leads the list of risk factors that can be controlled. Knowledge  

What is the Difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

Many times you hear people use Alzheimer’s and dementia interchangeably, but they are not the same. Dementia is a description of a group of symptoms, while Alzheimer’s is a specific disease. Many diseases or conditions can cause dementia. Alzheimer’s is the most common — with 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases due to Alzheimer’s.  

Does Changing the Clock Increase Risk of Stroke?

Falling back may have more of an impact on your health than you realize. A study released last  

Update: Selena Gomez receives kidney transplant after lupus diagnosis

A version of this story discussing Selena Gomez’s lupus originally ran on Oct. 12, 2015. The story was  

Mazor X technology at St. Elizabeth means more precise spinal fusion surgery

The next step in minimally invasive spinal (lumbar) fusion is now available at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Mazor X technology is making it easier for surgeons to be more precise and efficient during spinal fusion surgery, meaning you are less likely to need spinal revision surgery. St. Elizabeth is the first in the region – and