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Stroke Survivor Becomes Advocate for Stroke Awareness and Heart Health
Stroke Survivor Becomes Advocate for Stroke Awareness and Heart Health

When 44-year-old Raleigh resident Andy Beal suddenly became disoriented and weak in the middle of the night, he didn’t realize he was experiencing a “mini-strok ...

New Device Removes Deep Brain Tumors Through Small Opening
New Device Removes Deep Brain Tumors Through Small Opening

Duke neurosurgeons are the first in the area to use a cylindrical device to reach and remove deep brain tumors. A small tube inserted through a small opening in ...

91-Year Old Walks Again After Surgery Repairs Severed Spine
91-Year Old Walks Again After Surgery Repairs Severed Spine

No one expected James Clark to walk again after a car accident left him with a severed spine. Thanks to a team of neurosurgeons at Duke University Hospital, Cla ...

Know the Signs of Stroke - BE FAST
Know the Signs of Stroke - BE FAST

While stroke is the third leading cause of death, few people know the signs. Use the acronym BE FAST to remember the signs of stroke, and what to do if someone ...

Treatment Advances Give Hope to People with Brain Metastasis
Treatment Advances Give Hope to People with Brain Metastasis

Lisa VanTress didn’t know why she couldn’t regain her land legs after a 13-hour fishing trip in the summer of 2016. When the dizziness caused her to stumble and ...

As a Buddhist Priest, Duke Neurosurgeon Finds Deeper Connection with Patients
As a Buddhist Priest, Duke Neurosurgeon Finds Deeper Connection with Patients

Patrick Codd, MD, a Duke neurosurgeon, has been practicing Zen for two decades. The practice, he says, allows him to reflect on his work and relationships with ...

Toddler Thrives after Endoscopic Craniosynostosis Surgery
Toddler Thrives after Endoscopic Craniosynostosis Surgery

When an observant pediatrician told April Longmire and Mike Stone of Louisburg, NC that there were some irregularities in their infant’s skull, they were instan ...

Fast access to stroke procedure saves Wilmington woman’s life and health
Fast access to stroke procedure saves Wilmington woman’s life and health

Duke Raleigh Hospital is one of a handful in NC that offers lifesaving thrombectomy for stroke. Dara Damery got transferred there from Wilmington just in time.

Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery Brings Relief from Dystonia
Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery Brings Relief from Dystonia

Raleigh resident Thomas Galvin suffered involuntary muscle contractions for decades—until technology at Duke allowed him to have surgery while asleep to quell t ...

Telestroke technology speeds Danville woman to lifesaving stroke treatment
Telestroke technology speeds Danville woman to lifesaving stroke treatment

All Juanita Grant remembers is talking on the phone in her Danville, VA, apartment. Then she woke up at Duke University Hospital and learned she’d had a stroke.

Endoscopic Surgery Removes Pituitary Tumor, Restores Teenager’s Vision
Endoscopic Surgery Removes Pituitary Tumor, Restores Teenager’s Vision

Sydney McCann was back to playing volleyball two weeks after Duke neurosurgeon Ali Zomorodi, MD, used an endoscope to reach and remove a tumor that was pressing ...