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How do you keep your brain healthy? How can you live better every day after being diagnosed with a brain condition? Brain & Life® from the American Academy of Neurology tackles those questions and more in the only podcast dedicated to exploring the intersection of brain health and neurologic disease. Each week neurologist host Dr. Daniel Correa speaks with neurology experts, celebrity advocates, and people whose lives are affected by brain conditions to educate and inspire you to maintain a healthy brain and a healthy you.

Brain & Life American Academy of Neurology

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 149 Ratings

How do you keep your brain healthy? How can you live better every day after being diagnosed with a brain condition? Brain & Life® from the American Academy of Neurology tackles those questions and more in the only podcast dedicated to exploring the intersection of brain health and neurologic disease. Each week neurologist host Dr. Daniel Correa speaks with neurology experts, celebrity advocates, and people whose lives are affected by brain conditions to educate and inspire you to maintain a healthy brain and a healthy you.

    Olympic Swimmer Rowdy Gaines on His Career and Guillain-Barré Syndrome

    Olympic Swimmer Rowdy Gaines on His Career and Guillain-Barré Syndrome

    In this episode of Brain & Life podcast, Olympic swimmer and announcer Rowdy Gaines joins host Dr. Daniel Correa. He shares how he found his passion for swimming and how he dealt with Guillain-Barré syndrome in the height of his career. Dr. Correa is then joined by Dr. Mark Milstein, director of the Adult Neurology Residency Training Program at Montefiore and associate professor of Neurology and Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Milstein explains exactly what Guillain-Barré is, who is at risk, and treatment options.
     
    Additional Resources
    What is Guillain-Barré syndrome?
    Guillain-Barré Syndrome Didn’t Stop this Marathoner
    Inside Out
    GBS/CIDP Foundation Support Groups
     
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    Guests: Rowdy Gaines @rowdygaines; Dr. Mark Milstein @monteneurology
    Hosts: Dr. Daniel Correa @neurodrcorrea; Dr. Katy Peters @KatyPetersMDPhD

    • 55 min
    Influencer Chan Plante on Coping with Misdiagnosis and Finding a Community

    Influencer Chan Plante on Coping with Misdiagnosis and Finding a Community

    In this episode of Brain & Life podcast, influencer Chan Plante joins Dr. Katy Peters. Chan shares her experience dealing with misdiagnosis, building an online community, and eventually losing her eye. Dr. Peters is then joined by Dr. David Newman-Toker, professor of neurology, ophthalmology, and otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He explains how misdiagnosis can happen, visual loss in young people, and how patients can advocate for themselves to ensure they get the treatment they need.
     
    Additional Resources
    More about Chan Plante
    How to Lower Your Risk of Neurology-Related Vision Loss
    When to Seek a Second Opinion on a Neurologic Diagnosis
    Five Ways to Cope with Vision Loss
     
    Other Brain & Life Podcast episodes on this Topic
    How Paula Carozzo is Redefining Disability and Advocating for Her Community
    Making the Years Count with Brooke Eby, Influencer Living with ALS
    Strokes in Younger Patients with Journalist Kristen Aguirre
     
    We want to hear from you!
    Have a question or want to hear a topic featured on the Brain & Life Podcast?
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    Guests: Chan Plante @chanplante; David Newman-Toker @newmantoker
    Hosts: Dr. Daniel Correa @neurodrcorrea; Dr. Katy Peters @KatyPetersMDPhD

    • 59 min
    Still Standing with Staff Sergeant John Kriesel

    Still Standing with Staff Sergeant John Kriesel

    In this episode of Brain & Life podcast, Dr. Katy Peters is joined by Staff Sergeant John Kriesel as he shares about his experience losing his legs in combat. He discusses his recovery process, phantom limb pain, and what changes he hopes to see in treatment options for others. Dr. Peters is then joined by Tamar Makin, professor of cognitive neuroscience at MRC cognition and brain unit at Cambridge University. She shares her research, including an article she wrote entitled “Phantom limb pain: thinking outside the (mirror) box” and how we can all ensure that phantom limb sensation treatment is truly based on facts.
     
    Additional Resources
    Still Standing with John Kriesel
    Phantom limb pain: thinking outside the (mirror) box
    Can Psychedelics Treat Neurologic Conditions?
     
    Other Brain & Life Podcast Episodes on This Topic
    Special Bonus: Physician BJ Miller’s Recovery from Phantom Limb Pain
     
     
    We want to hear from you!
    Have a question or want to hear a topic featured on the Brain & Life Podcast?
    ·       Record a voicemail at 612-928-6206
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    Guests: John Kriesel @JohnKriesel
    Hosts: Dr. Daniel Correa @neurodrcorrea; Dr. Katy Peters @KatyPetersMDPhD

    • 48 min
    Strokes in Younger Patients with Journalist Kristen Aguirre

    Strokes in Younger Patients with Journalist Kristen Aguirre

    In this Brain & Life podcast episode Dr. Daniel Correa is joined by Emmy-nominated journalist and stroke survivor Kristen Aguirre. Kristen shares her journey from experiencing a stroke at age 31 and returning to the workplace to being a vocal disability activist and finding her new “normal.” Dr. Correa is then joined by Dr. Sarah Song, associate professor and vascular neurology fellowship director in the division of cerebrovascular diseases in the department of neurological sciences at Rush University Medical Center, and associate editor of Brain & Life Magazine. Dr. Song discusses young people experiencing strokes and what comes after for treatment, therapies, and life planning.
     
    Additional Resources
    A Stroke Can Happen at Any Age
    How to Lower the Risk of Maternal Stroke
    Lindsey Vonn Describes Her Mother’s Inspiring Strength After Stroke
    Are You at Risk for Stroke?
     
    Other Brain & Life Podcast Episodes on This Topic
    Timothy Omundson on Stroke Recovery and His Return to Television
    What is an ICU and Neurologic Critical Care? Tips and a Guide for Everyone
    Matt and Kanlaya Cauli on Rebuilding Life After Stroke
     
    We want to hear from you!
    Have a question or want to hear a topic featured on the Brain & Life Podcast?
    ·       Record a voicemail at 612-928-6206
    ·       Email us at BLpodcast@brainandlife.org
     
    Social Media:  
    Guests: Kristen Aguirre @kristenaguirre, Dr. Sarah Song @rushmedical
    Hosts: Dr. Daniel Correa @neurodrcorrea; Dr. Katy Peters @KatyPetersMDPhD

    • 59 min
    Board Games for the Brain and Juggling Generational Care: Highlighting Brain & Life Magazine Articles

    Board Games for the Brain and Juggling Generational Care: Highlighting Brain & Life Magazine Articles

    In this week’s episode, Brain & Life Podcast hosts Dr. Daniel Correa and Dr. Katy Peters discuss some of their favorite articles in the most recent edition of Brain & Life Magazine. They discuss the importance of hearing aids for cognitive function, ways to prepare for hospice care, Tai Chi for blood pressure, and more. If you would like to read these articles, be sure to subscribe to Brain & Life Magazine for free!
     
    Brain & Life Articles Mentioned
    Hearing Aids May Lower the Risk of Cognitive Decline
    Five Ways to Prepare for Hospice Care
    How Medication Shortages Affect Patients
    Tai Chi May Help Lower Blood Pressure Better Than Aerobic Exercise
    How Board Games Helped This Man Recover from a Stroke
    How to Juggle Caring for Children and Aging Parents
     
    Other Brain & Life Podcast Episodes on These Topics
    Peloton Instructor Bradley Rose on Returning to Life After Stroke
    Author Samantha Irby's Journey as a Young Caregiver
     
    We want to hear from you!
    Have a question or want to hear a topic featured on the Brain & Life Podcast?
    ·       Record a voicemail at 612-928-6206
    ·       Email us at BLpodcast@brainandlife.org
     
    Social Media:  
    Hosts: Dr. Daniel Correa @neurodrcorrea; Dr. Katy Peters @KatyPetersMDPhD

    • 33 min
    Leaving a Legacy of Love and Care with Mary Lou Falcone

    Leaving a Legacy of Love and Care with Mary Lou Falcone

    In this Brain & Life podcast episode Dr. Daniel Correa is joined by Mary Lou Falcone, classical music publicist and author of “I Didn't See It Coming: Scenes of Love, Loss and Lewy Body Dementia.” Mary Lou shares her experiences with her partner Nicky Zann as he lived with Lewy Body Dementia and what she learned about being a caregiver throughout her life. Dr. Correa is then joined by Dr. Jason Cohen, neurologist and dementia specialist at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He explains exactly what Lewy Body Dementia is, how it differs from other diseases, and his work with the Lewy Body Dementia Resource Center.
     
    Additional Resources
    I Didn't See It Coming: Scenes of Love, Loss and Lewy Body Dementia
    The Work of Nicholas Zann
    Lewy Body Dementia Resource Center
    What is Lewy Body Dementia?
    Robin Williams’ Widow Advocates for Those with Lewy Body Dementia
    How to Talk to Loved Ones Who Have Dementia
     
    Other Brain & Life Podcast Episodes on This Topic
    Making a Lasting Impact with The Brain Donor Project’s Tish Hevel
    Journalist, Producer Kitty Eisele’s Honest Recount of Her Time as Caregiver
    The ‘Humor and Heartache’ of Caregiving with Filmmaker Michelle Boyaner
     
    We want to hear from you!
    Have a question or want to hear a topic featured on the Brain & Life Podcast?
    ·       Record a voicemail at 612-928-6206
    ·       Email us at BLpodcast@brainandlife.org
     
    Social Media:  
    Guests: Lewy Body Dementia Resource Center @lewybodyny
    Hosts: Dr. Daniel Correa @neurodrcorrea; Dr. Katy Peters @KatyPetersMDPhD

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
149 Ratings

149 Ratings

pleasehelpplayers ,

The BEST!

Thank you both, et al, for sharing your individual and collective ‘brain trusts’ with such compassion, kindness and consideration…

KO313 ,

July 8,2024 ep

Inaccurate info about damage to optic nerves in both eyes that may or may not bring about vision loss depending on severity and subsequent success of limited course of megadose IV steroids. Blood tests should be ordered by neuroopthalmologist to rule out NMO and MOGA+ Antibody Disease, frequently misdiagnosed demyelinating autoimmune diseases. NMO prognoses are particularly grim. Much more research is needed.

Charles Xavier, PhD ,

Great show

Educational and inspiring

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