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Mar 22, 2022

Dementia and Behavior Changes at Sundown

Doctors aren’t quite sure what causes sundowner’s syndrome, but they do know people with Alzheimer’s disease are prone to develop it, especially in the mid to late-stages of the disease. Sundowner’s refers to a phenomenon that many patients with dementia experience around the time the sun is going down.

Dec 06, 2021

Long-Term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

One in sixty people in the U.S lives with a traumatic brain injury related disability. Kelsi Schiltz, a University of Utah Health physical therapy doctor specializing in care for people with neurologic conditions discusses the long-term effects of living with brain injuries.

Nov 09, 2021

Hope and progress: Caring for Someone with a Spinal Cord Injury

Venessa Lee, MD works with spinal cord injury patients at the Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital, the only Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited Spinal Cord Specialty Program in Utah and many of the surrounding states. Lee discusses what it's like to work with patients and families in their recovery.

Nov 05, 2021

What to do for a Pinched Nerve in Your Back

Are you reading this while sitting slouched at a desk? Sit up straight to protect yourself! Zachary McCormick, a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physician with the University of Utah Health Spine Services team discusses what the causes pinched nerves in your back and how to possibly prevent them.

Feb 11, 2021

What to Do During and After a Seizure

A seizure is a medical condition that causes abnormal activity and/or body movements after a sudden and uncontrolled disturbance in your brain. It’s important to recognize the signs of a seizure and understand what to do if you or someone around you is experiencing one.

Oct 21, 2019

Living With Epilepsy: How to Reduce the Risks

Complications of Epilepsy are always possible, including SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy), but there may be some things you can do to reduce the risks.

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Surgical Options for Long-Term Symptoms of Bell's Palsy

Jan 25, 2023

Bell's palsy is a rare disorder that impacts the functioning of the nerve that controls the movement of the face. For a majority of patients, facial paralysis and other side effects will improve within a few weeks to a couple of months. But for a small number of patients, it can last even longer, requiring a surgical procedure to help their quality of life. Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Sarah Akkina, MD, discusses "facial reanimation" and the many surgical options available to treat the debilitating effects of long-term Bell's palsy and give patients back their ability to smile.

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S6E4: Navigating Shame in Medicine

Jan 24, 2023

Shame is an emotional experience when our social bonds are threatened—it is a feeling of distress, even humiliation, and is often caused by the consciousness of wrong. Shame exists in all communities, even medicine, and usually, involves someone else's point of view. In S6E4, Leen, Harjit, and Lina share experiences of shame in their personal and professional lives, and discuss how to process shame in the field of medicine.

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129: Why Goals Fail and How to Fix That

Jan 24, 2023

Are your wellness goals not going the way you hoped? It's ok. Setting and achieving a goal isn't as easy as you might think. The Who Cares guys talk through some strategies to help you develop better goals to increase your chance of success. They also offer tips to get back on track when you slip up or fall short of achieving your goals.

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S6E3: The Identities of a Doctor

Jan 17, 2023

Conforming to the system and society's expectations to achieve success and respect is not a new concept. As medical students and residents, there are certain boxes and identities we are expected to fit into. But more often than not, conforming to the status quo further separates us from the communities we hope to take care of. In S6E3, Lina, Hạ, and Leen discuss finding strength and empowerment in their authentic selves, and share stories of restricted identities and how the experiences affect their work in medicine and patient care.

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