Video Stories

Learn more about programs, treatments, and research at the Brain Health Center through our video stories below. Or to see more immersive stories from our tv partnership with Your Fantastic Mind, on GPB. 

Cognitive Rehabilitation
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Cognitive Rehabilitation

Nate Lewis received his first concussion playing football when he was 14. Football is the civic religion in Moultrie, Georgia, a city of 14,000 in southwest Georgia, and Nate loved every second he was part of it. But many more hits, and concussions, would follow, with aftereffects that Lewis, now 52 and retired from a pro career in the NFL, never imagined.

Video Game Addiction
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Video Game Addiction

Given the option, would you kids choose playing sports or video games? Some parents say "Sports, of course!" but others watch their kids behavior, and say video games win every time. What's the balance?

Tuberous Sclerosis
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Tuberous Sclerosis

Joshua Grant's mother knew there was something different about her son when he was just a baby. That something turned out to be a rare genetic disorder called tuberous sclerosis. It hasn't kept him from making music his whole life.

Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury
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Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury

A do-gooder in the Clarkston community known for his work with the homeless, Erickson was almost beaten to death one night in a home invasion. It left him with a severe traumatic brain injury. We use Erickson's story to examine why some people and some brains recover, and why others do not.

Tango for Parkinson's Disease
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Tango for Parkinson's Disease

One of the many therapies used to slow down the progression of Parkinson's disease is exercise. Research scientists at the VA have shown that teaching tango to Parkinson's patients is more effective than traditional exercise and can slow the progression of the disease. Tango, unlike other dances, impacts a region of the brain affected by Parkinson's.

Blinking Until You're Blind
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Blinking Until You're Blind

It's called Blepharospasm and it's a rare disease that makes people blink uncontrollably, leading to what is called functional blindness. It happens because of confused signals in the brain. There is no cure, but we follow one woman who has not been able to see for 25 years as she regains her sight after getting botulinum toxin injections around and in her eye.

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Awake Brain Surgery

Daniel just graduated from Auburn University when he was felled by debilitating headaches. Scans showed a tumor the size of a lemon, right near his language communication center. We followed Daniel as he underwent wide awake brain surgery to remove the tumor.

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Massage Therapy for Anxiety, Depression & Cancer Fatigue

Swedish massage therapy has been clinically shown to reduce depression and anxiety and now cancer fatigue in patients. We are profiling a prostate cancer patient who is part of a study showing its effect on patients. Massage impacts the brain and several biomarkers.

Kyra Shares
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Make Your Brain Younger Through Exercise

It's probably one of the most common New Year's resolutions we make -exercise. How we're going to do more of it, how this time we're going to stick do it. We do it to lose weight, to reduce stress, to feel better about ourselves. But what if exercise alone could make your brain younger? According to research, that's exactly what it can do.

Jamie Dupree
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Jamie Dupree

Jamie Dupree is a longtime political correspondent at the capitol. A few years ago, he lost his voice due to a rare dystonia. He has been everywhere in the country looking for answers and help. He is now being treated at Emory, given Botox injections in his tongue, to try to help him speak again.

The Power of the Arts
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The Power of the Arts

Life is moving faster than ever -with technology at our fingertips and often in front of our faces, it can sometimes feel like we're skimming over the surface our lives at warp speed. Investing time and attention in a book, or a piece of art, or music - is an investment that gives a return -- by helping us better connect with others, and ourselves.

Sleeping Beauty Syndrome
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Sleeping Beauty Syndrome

Hypersomnia is a condition where people sleep their lives away, sometimes 20 plus hours a day. We follow a young man from Iceland, seeking treatment and a woman who was able to get married and live a life after getting put on a drug cocktail that allows her to function.

Teaming Up Against ALS
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Teaming Up Against ALS

Kerry Goode hails from an iconic football family in Alabama. Goode and his four brothers all played for Alabama, and he went on to play and coach in the NFL for 11 years. Goode now has ALS. We have followed his progression for a year and a half as he has gone from walking to wheelchair bound. Goode has been seeking trials and drugs that may give him hope and his doctor is conducting a trial to try to turn off the gene that causes ALS.

Genetic Resilience
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Genetic Resilience

Scientists at Emory have discovered a gene that accounts for resilience and a sense of well-being. Fifteen percent of the population has it. This episode profiles two women in a study of 2,000 people from the Grady Trauma Project, which studies people with PTSD.

Early Onset Alzheimer's
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Early Onset Alzheimer's

Cecile Bazaz was a high-level banking executive in her 40's when she could not remember her laptop password, then her zip code, then what her husband and daughter liked to eat for breakfast. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease at 49 years old.

Preventing Alzheimer's
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Preventing Alzheimer's

ust ten years ago, scientists said there was nothing you could do. We now know there are things you can do to prevent Alzheimer's Disease, and that the same risks for heart disease are the same risk for Alzheimer's, from high blood pressure and cholesterol, to sedentary lifestyle. This episode presents factors that can prevent or delay this disease.

Autism: Closing the Gap
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Autism: Closing the Gap

Thirty years ago, Early Emory opened. It was an inclusion preschool for typical kids and kids with autism. It became a model across the nation. We profile two children who are best friends, one with autism, one typical, and scientists explain how inclusion and modeling can change the brain of a child with autism and change the brain of a typical child.

Freezing the Hunger Nerve
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Freezing the "Hunger Nerve"

Dr. David Prologo, a researcher at Emory University, has found that freezing a hunger nerve that goes to the brain can help people lose a lot of weight. This episode profiles one of the study participants.

Rudeness in the Workplace
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Rudeness in the Workplace

People thought they were coming to in for a personality study. Instead they were berated and mildly bullied by one of the 'scientists' doing the study. This is part of research that is showing that incivility in the workplace reduces your cognitive ability to do your job and even further than that, incivility is contagious in the workplace and the world.

Lauren Burke, Migraine Sufferer
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Lauren Burke, Migraine Sufferer

Lauren Burke is a talented soccer player and goalie at Appalachian State. Headaches that she suffered as a teenager got so severe at college they looked like strokes. She was having hemiplegic migraines. She was so debilitated it looked like she wouldn't be able to play. She now gets a treatment every three weeks that is through her nasal cavity and basically numbs the base of her brain where the headaches are coming from.

Understanding Migraines
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Understanding Migraines

Emory neurologist Dr. Greg Esper discusses the science of migraines.

Pank2
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Pank2

Jeremy Obata was born with a rare genetic disorder that didn't manifest until he was in high school. He lost his ability to speak. He was diagnosed with Pank 2, which causes iron to build up in the brain. There is no known cure or treatment. Twelve people in the world with Pank2 had deep brain stimulation surgery and experienced varying results. Jeremy wanted to try it, so we followed him, and he is now able to speak again.

Brain Aneurysms
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Brain Aneurysms

It may be hard to believe, but many people find out they have a brain aneurysm by accident, usually by undergoing scans for an unrelated issue. It's hard to predict if they will ever burst or bleed, and many live with aneurysms without a problem. Neurosurgeon Daniel Barrow says that the discovery of an aneurysm can be beneficial but also poses a tough decision about undergoing surgical or endovascular treatment.

Coping with OCD
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Coping with OCD

Whether it's washing your hands or checking if the door is locked 50 times, most people know what OCD is, doing something compulsively. We profile two patients and take a look at what is actually happening in the brain to cause people to follow uncontrollable compulsions that can deeply impact their lives.

Sleep Apnea and Down's Syndrome
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Sleep Apnea and Down's Syndrome

Sleep apnea, characterized by breathing interruptions and snoring, is the second leading cause of sleep issues. For 40 percent of children with Down Syndrome, sleep apnea can be highly dangerous, as their throats and tongues collapse, blocking their ability to breathe.

The Unpredictable Brain
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The Unpredictable Brain

What happens when a reporter with no known issues decides to take a look inside his own head? We follow one journalist on his journey within, to see what turns up in an otherwise healthy person.

Love, Loss, Alzheimer's and Baseball
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Love, Loss, Alzheimer's and Baseball

Affecting an estimated 5.7 million people in the United States alone, Alzheimer's disease is one of the most common diseases, yet it has no known treatment that is effective at slowing the progression. As large as the crisis is, it plays out in deeply personal ways, such as the three Klein brothers, who lost their father to the disease and traveled to Washington, DC, to spread his ashes at the old Washington Senators baseball stadium.

Kyra Shares
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Kyra Shares How Emory Healthcare Veterans Program Helped with Her PTSD Journey

One patient shares the story of her journey with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program helped her reclaim her life from the invisible wounds of service. The program treats veterans and servicemembers with invisible wounds of service.

Emory Healthcare Alzheimers Story
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African Americans & Alzheimer’s

The Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center shares the importance of research participation through partnership with a unique play about one family’s journey with Alzheimer’s.

Treatment Resistant Depression Program
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Treatment Resistant Depression Program

Emory Brain Health Center offers every available treatment option for people who have complex brain illnesses. The Treatment Resistant Depression Program helps find the best options for our patients on their road to recovery.

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Emory Brain Health Center

The Emory Brain Health Center provides comprehensive, coordinated care for patients affected by neurological and psychiatric conditions.

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PTSD Living Life After War

After struggling with PTSD for many years, Lt.Col Ken Gillis, USMC (retired) found Emory Healthcare’s Veterans Program, which helped him see life’s possibilities again.