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Neurology and Neurosurgery In the News

04/29/16: Mustafa Saad Siddiqui, MD, Neurology, was quoted in an article by the Greensboro News & Record on a new form of drug that is helping Parkinson's patients. 

07/14: Cheryl Bushnell, MD, Neurology, is quoted in Redbook magazine about what foods to eat to prevent stroke.

0718//14: Alexander Powers, M.D., Neurosurgery, was interviewed by the Mount Airy News in an article about the cumulative effect of head hits in high school football. 

02/28/14: Dr. Ihtsham ul Haq, MD appeared in a story on Fox 8 news to discuss NASCAR driver Kurt Roehrig's diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease.  

09/26/13: Daniel Couture, MD, Neurosurgery, appeared on WXII to discuss MRI-guided laser ablation surgery for epilepsy.

09/19/2013: Sandhya Kumar, MD, Neurology, director of the Sleep Medicine Center, was featured on WFMY detailing how sleep impacts your energy and the best methods to get a good night’s sleep.

06/13: Francis O. Walker, MD, Neurology, commented on the TRACK-HD study in the journal Lancet Neurology. Walker praised the investigators saying their use of “virtual roadmaps of disease” have set the standard for observational studies in other neurodegenerative diseases.

04/28/13 (week of): Allison Brashear, MD, Neurology, was interviewed by WFMY about onabotullinumtoxinA (Botox) injections as a therapy for limb spasticity in stroke patients.

04/18/13: James Caress, MD, Neurology, was featured in a News 14 Carolina report on a new procedure designed to help patients with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

04/09/13: Cheryl Bushnell, MD, neurology, is quoted in this article on the benefits of walking as therapy for stroke victims on

03/27/13: Alexander Powers, MD, Neurosurgery, was quoted in a New York Times
article about degenerative brain disease in National Football League players.

03/19/13: Ihtsham Haq, MD, Neurology, was quoted in articles on about ways to relieve symptoms of restless leg syndrome and alternative therapies for the disorder, while he and Demera Hale, RD, Neurology, were quoted in a story offering dietary tips to people who have RLS. [Learn more about restless leg syndrome.]

03/11/13 (week of): Cheryl Bushnell, MD, Neurology, appeared on WXII to discuss a clinical trial of beet juice as a therapy for stroke patients.

03/09/13: Sandhya Kumar, MD, Neurology, was interviewed by television (News 14 Carolina), radio (WSJS-AM, WPTF-AM) and print (Winston-Salem Journal) outlets about how the time change can effect sleep.

03/05/13: Cheryl Bushnell, MD, neurology, is quoted in Ladies Home Journal about preventing stroke in young women.

02/14/13: Gautam “Vinnie” Popli, MBBS, Neurology, was featured in this WFMY News 2 report about helping a patient return to a normal life after suffering epileptic seizures most of her life.

02/11/13: Ihtsham Haq, MD, Neurology, was featured in this story on alien hand syndrome that aired on WCBS-TV in New York, flagship station of the CBS television network.

01/22/13: James Caress, MD, associate professor of neuromuscular conditions, was featured in this Camel City Dispatch article on the medical guidance he and the ALS Center’s team provided for a Festival Stage performance called 33 Variations.

01/18/13: Cheryl Bushnell, MD, Neurology, was featured in an online article and video for MedPage Today on how concerns about medications may affect drug adherence for stroke patients

11/20/12: Charles H. Tegeler, MD, Neurology, is quoted in this Science Daily piece about a Wake Forest Baptist study that uses musical tones to balance brain activity and effectively reduce insomnia. 

11/16/12: Alexander Powers, MD, neurosurgery, is interviewed for the heartbreaking ESPN story about Byron Elrod, the infant son of Wake Forest quarterback coach Tom Elrod and his wife, Maureen. Byron died of an inoperable and rare brain tumor at Brenner Children's Hospital soon after his birth. 

09/21/12: Alexander Powers, MD, neurosurgery, is highlighted in a Katie (Couric) show segment on the ongoing Wake Forest Baptist and Virginia Tech study on football concussions in kids. (Segment not available online.) Read: A Neurosurgeon Tackles Brain Injury in Youth Sports

9/14/12: Allison Brashear, MD, chair, neurology, was interviewed for this Heart Insight article about post-stroke spasticity. Heart Insight is a quarterly magazine published by the American Heart Association for cardiovascular patients, their families and caregivers.  

09/06/12: Charles Tegeler, MD, neurology, is featured in a special section on sleep that ran in USA Today in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, DC markets. Visit the Sleep Center site.

08/09/12: Cheryl Bushnell, MD, neurology, is quoted in several national health and medical websites about her pilot study that found stroke patients were more likely to take their medications if they were prompted by a phone call from a "coach" following discharge.  

05/31/12: Allison Brashear, MD, neurology, is featured in an story on new research in rats that may show promise for spinal restoration in humans.

05/16/2012: Emily Poole Pharr, MD, neurology, comments for Reuters Health Medical News on a new study on the risk of PML in multiple sclerosis.

11/23/2011: Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist have teamed up with the Department of Veterans Affairs to identify ways to better diagnose and treat post-traumatic stress disorder using the latest in high-tech brain imaging.

09/16/2011: More than 200 people from across the region attended an inspiring community event on Upper Limb Spasticity (ULS), hosted by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Henry Winkler, best known for his role as "The Fonz" on "Happy Days," shared several personal stories of his own mother's struggle with ULS. He was joined by two national experts Allison Brashear, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Neurology at Wake Forest Baptist and Cheryl Bushnell, MD, director of the Wake Forest Baptist Stroke Center.

"ULS impacts approximately one million Americans and unfortunately is often not recognized or treated," said Brashear. "As a result, community education and awareness at events where we can reach several hundred people are extremely important to patients and even health care professionals."

The event also included powerful and moving testimonials from patients who battle the debilitating condition. Patients shared stories about their experiences with clinical trials, treatment options and living with ULS.

08/11/12: Cormac O'Donovan, MD, neurology, is quoted in a WebMD article about a new study in the journal Neurology that shows a seizure drug might be of benefit to patients with brain tumors.

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