Know the Warning Signs of Suicide

By Jason M Carlton
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The recent death of Robin Williams from an apparent suicide has brought national and international attention to a problem that can impact almost any family. Suicide is a tragedy for the friends and family of the person who felt others would be better off without them. And oftentimes, friends and family aren’t sure how to help someone who’s struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide. But the fact is… there is help.

Deep Brain Stimulation helps Parkinson's patient gain control of his body

By Jason M Carlton
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Reggie, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2007, had heard about deep brain stimulation, or DBS, in which neurosurgeons implant electrical leads into the brain. Those leads are then connected to a small device called a neurostimulator, placed in the patient’s chest, which gives off electrical pulses that correct the misfirings in the brain that cause Parkinson’s symptoms.