Neurologists Cedar Falls IA

See below to find Parkinson specialists in Cedar Falls that give access to expertise on signs of Parkinson's disease, idiopathic Parkinson disease, tremors, and living with Parkinson's disease, as well as advice and content on movement disorders.

Ivo Bekavac, MD
(319) 833-5954
Cedar Falls, IA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Zagreb, Med Fak, Zagreb, Croatia
Graduation Year: 1989

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Nithianandam Selvaraj, MD
Cedar Falls, IA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kilpauk Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Madras, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1993

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Russell I Buchanan
(319) 272-5000
2710 Saint Francis Dr
Waterloo, IA
Specialty
Neurosurgery

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Hosung Chung, MD
(319) 232-8756
2710 Saint Francis Dr Ste 401
Waterloo, IA
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Languages
Korean
Education
Medical School: Kyongpook Natl Univ, Coll Of Med, Taegu, So Korea
Graduation Year: 1966
Hospital
Hospital: Covenant Med Ctr, Waterloo, Ia; Allen Mem Hosp, Waterloo, Ia

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Brian P Sires
(319) 272-5000
2710 Saint Francis Dr
Waterloo, IA
Specialty
Neurology

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John R Milner Brage, MD
(319) 234-6446
Cedar Falls, IA
Specialties
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurology
Gender
Male
Languages
French
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Covenant Med Ctr, Waterloo, Ia; Allen Mem Hosp, Waterloo, Ia

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Ivo Bekavac
(319) 833-5954
1753 W Ridgeway Ave
Waterloo, IA
Specialty
Neurology

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Hyungki Choi, MD
(319) 272-2440
2051 Kimball Ave
Waterloo, IA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1992

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Sangeeta Ramkrishnadas Goel
(319) 272-6725
2710 Saint Francis Dr
Waterloo, IA
Specialty
Neurology

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Russell Isham Buchanan, MD
(319) 272-5000
2710 Saint Francis Dr Ste 110
Waterloo, IA
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Davis, Sch Of Med, Davis Ca 95616
Graduation Year: 1993
Hospital
Hospital: Covenant Med Ctr, Waterloo, Ia; Allen Mem Hosp, Waterloo, Ia
Group Practice: Cedar Valley Medical Specialists

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New Hope for Parkinson�s

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By Jennie Lay

At first, Sally Sweeney’s hands trembled just enough to make holding the morning newspaper tough. Then, on long walks, her right arm would stop its natural swinging. Her always-precise handwriting suddenly looked a little off. The active, 52-year-old mother of four figured she had a pinched nerve or something. Finally, she began having trouble knitting: Her fingers felt slow and tangled, like wearing mittens to play Pick-Up Sticks. She couldn’t ignore the pesky symptoms any longer.

That was 1995, the summer Sweeney was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a chronic and progressive neurological disorder. The neurons had already started dying in the part of her brain called the substantia nigra. This area produces dopamine, a vital neurotransmitter responsible for smooth motor skills. People have likened Parkinson’s to a thief that gradually and unexpectedly robs you of movement, control, and energy. “Parkinson’s makes you want to sit in your chair and not get up,” Sweeney says. “It makes you feel awkward and uncoordinated, achy and tired.” As the disease progresses, the incremental loss of dopamine results in tremors, muscle rigidity, slowness of movement, impaired balance, and eventually incapacitation. But Sweeney, now 65 and a self-employed kitchen designer in rural Kansas, remains undeterred: “From the very beginning, I did everything I could to stave it off.”

Beyond drugs
No cure for Parkinson’s disease exists. Instead, medications attempt to replace or mimic the brain’s dopamine. While the drugs do curb the symptoms up to a point, their effectiveness diminishes over time, so dosages often must increase dramatically. But at this point, no level of drug therapy can stop the destruction of brain cells in the substantia nigra, explains David Perlmutter, MD, a board-certified neurologist in Naples, Florida, who is recognized for his innovative approaches to neurological disorders. Medications come with side effects as well, such as depression, extreme daytime drowsiness, involuntary jerky movements, insomnia, dizziness, and hallucinations.

Like almost all Parkinson’s patients, Sweeney started on medication to reduce symptoms right after she was diagnosed. Wanting to take as few drugs as possible, however, she also searched for alternative solutions to slow the disease. She began getting acupuncture, taking antioxidant supplements, practicing yoga, lifting weights with a trainer, and volunteering each week at a Parkinson’s foundation office where she could stay on top of new research. Today, almost 13 years after her diagnosis, Sweeney says her Parkinson’s disease, remarkably, “isn’t that bad ... I am way ahead of most people after 13 years.”

She credits her strong health to having melded the medications and expertise of conventional medicine with holistic treatments, diet, and exercise. She’s not alone in her adoption of alternative therapies. More and more patients, practitioners, and researchers are beginning to understan...

Author: Jennie Lay

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Spotlight on Epilepsy

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By Wendy Meyeroff

Donna Andrews was an 18-year-old college freshman the day her life twisted out of control.

“It was St. Patrick’s Day, March 17,” she says. “I’d been feeling weak and exhausted all morning, and I thought I had the flu.” Beyond that, her memories of the day are blurry. She knows that she fell, and vaguely remembers “being jostled around by paramedics.” Then she slipped into a coma and stayed there for six weeks.

When she awoke, doctors said she had been ill with viral encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain that left her with damaged neural pathways. “It was as if I had holes in my brain,” she says. An enormous chunk of her memory (including her ability to read and write) was gone, and she’d developed epilepsy, experiencing up to ten seizures a day.

Her doctors doubted she could make a full recovery. And indeed, after nearly two years, she’d regained only about 40 percent of the abilities she’d lost. She couldn’t even leave the house alone, in case a seizure struck. Still, her neurologist said there was nothing else to be done.

Fast-forward to today. Believe it or not, it’s been more than three decades since Andrews’s last seizure. During that time, she was able to earn not only her college degree, but also a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Along with Joel Reiter, a Harvard-trained neurologist, she directs the Andrews-Reiter Epilepsy Research Program in Santa Rosa, California, where she works to help other epilepsy sufferers like herself.

Most people who control their epilepsy do so with medication, but the key to Andrews’s recovery was quite different. Two years after her diagnosis, she realized that her seizures came in response to certain stressful triggers. So she decided to change the way she responded to stress, in the hope that she’d be better able to manage her disease. As she learned to unhook from stress—taking breaks when she felt her frustration level mounting, for instance, or breathing slowly and deeply—the frequency of her seizures diminished. Seven years after she developed epilepsy, doctors took her off all her medications.

That was back in the 1970s, when nondrug treatments for epilepsy were almost unheard of. But these days, people with epilepsy—often with the blessing of their physicians—are increasingly turning to alternative therapies to help themselves lead more normal lives, by reducing both the frequency of their seizures and the amount of medication they take. “We’ve come a long way in a generation,” says Jeffrey Cohen, a physician who is director of the adult epilepsy program at New York’s Beth Israel Medical Center.

For the 2.5 million Americans who suffer from the disorder, the shift is a welcome one. Most standard anti-seizure drugs bring numerous troublesome side effects, including grogginess, balance problems, and the potential for long-term liver damage. As Andrews discovered, getting stress under control is a crucial element for patients who hope to reduce their dependence on t...

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