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Adult soccer player in orange uniform prepares to hit soccer ball with his head at outdoor match. One teammate and two opponents run toward him in the background.

Neuropsychologist plays vital role in concussion recovery

Dr. Josefine Combs helps athletes and other patients after head injury
Mick Garry 8 min read
An elderly woman's hands rest in her lap, while a hospital bracelet sits on her wrist

Delirium disrupts patients’ lives, but it may be prevented

Learn what hospitals are doing to thwart this common state of confusion
Jane Thaden Lawson 10 min read
A doctor wears a mask in front of a computer while he talks with a patient in an examination room

Don’t dismiss stroke symptoms during pandemic

Some who should seek medical attention may not because of pandemic concerns
Mick Garry 8 min read
Bob Bieberdorf, who had a stroke and subsequent rehab, twists to his left while seated as he holds a pipe in his hands.

Rehab work, positive attitude give stroke patient life back

'If you want to get better, you have to want to work'
Jane Thaden Lawson 8 min read
A male nurse shares his stethoscope with an elementary school boy as they sit on an exam room table.

Kindness is a core value at USD medical school

Medical students learn kind habits go beyond bedside manner
Mick Garry 11 min read
Kevin Francis, who studies Batten disease, sits in a corner of his lab area.

Researcher feels urgency, knowing families who need help

Kevin Francis, Ph.D., studies fatal childhood Batten disease at Sanford Research
Jane Thaden Lawson 11 min read
Friedreich's ataxia rare disease Raena Brendtro and Dan Brendtro petting thier dog, Luca

Man fundraises for research-study inspiration: his daughter

Friedreich's ataxia can't be stopped yet, but two men have formed a bond trying
Jane Thaden Lawson 37 min read
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
Physical therapy assistant Jamie Thompson works with Mataya Duvall as she swings at Sanford Bemidji Children's Therapy.

Preschooler born with cancer now works at being a kid

Coping with effects of neuroblastoma, Mataya Duvall enjoys her physical therapy
Jane Thaden Lawson 16 min read