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Scientist L-J Pilaz wears a lab coat, seated at a lab bench at Sanford Research.

Brain researcher L-J Pilaz is ‘like a discovery junkie’

New addition to Sanford Research looks at neural stem cells' role in development
Jane Thaden Lawson 10 min read
Steve Stark, aka Mr. History, stands in front of a classroom wearing a black frock coat, black hat and holding a pocketwatch.

Mr. History heads to front of the class again after stroke

After rehab, Steve Stark gets back to telling and illustrating historical events
Jane Thaden Lawson 11 min read
A girl smiles from a wheelchair in a room at Sanford Children's Hospital, where she sees a team of specialists.

Girl finds support in specialists for rare disorder, cancer

Kaley Maassen, 11, had been seeing team since birth — then had to add oncologist
Jane Thaden Lawson 21 min read
outcome of stroke: May Schaefer and her husband Ray

Knowing the signs: Why every second counts during a stroke

Ray Schaefer's wife, a Sanford Health nurse, recognized his symptoms right away
Jeanette Rackl 6 min read
A young man sits on a cough between his parents. Family photos and a sign that says "Olson" are displayed on the wall behind them.

Sanford AirMed: A crucial health service in rural Midwest

“He wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the air ambulance."
Jon Berg 5 min read
Stroke survivor Mark Lester

Stroke or seizure? It can be a fine line between the two

'Stroke has a lot of mimics.'
Jane Heilmann 13 min read
Matt and Bonnie Puro and his cracked helmet

Bicycling injuries leave man thankful for care

'I consider myself in the lucky to be moving department.'
Pat Miller 9 min read
woman holding white dog

Barking dog alerts woman that she was having a stroke

Sharon Solum of Moorhead, Minnesota, remembers waking up in the middle of the night on Feb. 11, 2017, wanting to check on her mother who’d had surgery the day before. Solum struggled to get out of bed and couldn’t sit up. Suddenly her dog, Boo, started barking and jumping on her chest, something she’d never […]
Jane Heilmann 3 min read
Stroke victim, Kayla Dierkhising

Stroke team innovates new procedure to save college student

"He could have said, 'No, it's not going to work'"
Emily Fink 3 min read
stroke risk: vascular body xray

Learning about your stroke risk: Podcast

Vascular screenings give you a risk assessment for stroke and other concerns
Alan Helgeson 4 min read