Dr. Jay Giedd describes a teen brain scan at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007. (AP)
TOPEKA – A nationwide initiative is building awareness on the significance of brain health and how it can affect our lives. St. Francis Health Center’s March Wellness Wednesday, Avoid a Brain Wreck, discusses the symptoms and types of brain disease.
“We’re thrilled to take this step in educating the community on the important topic of brain health,” says Sharon McCaleb, director of Musculoskeletal Services.
Of the most common symptoms of brain disease are seizures, which can generally be classified in two categories, focal (partial) seizures, which occur on a single side of the brain; and generalized, which is the result of abnormal activity on both sides of the brain.
Common brain disorders include Alzheimer’s disease, which affects an estimated 5 million Americans, as well as brain cancer, epilepsy and stroke, among others. While many brain disorders are treatable through physical therapy, medication or surgery, they remain incurable. "Avoid a Brain Wreck" is supported nationally by Spirit of Women and locally by St. Francis Health Center.