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Ask an Expert: Biologic response modifiers (BRMs)

Q: I’ve heard about new “biologic” therapies for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. How do these medicines work? 

Ask an Expert: Can you have a stroke and not know it?

Q: Is it possible to have a stroke and not know it, like if you're sleeping or the symptoms are mild?

Ask an Expert: Diet and arthritis flare-ups

Q: Are there certain foods that can prevent arthritis flare-ups? And is it true that eating vegetables like tomatoes and potatoes can actually aggravate arthritis?

Ask an Expert: Do I need back surgery?

Q: “My back problem seems to be getting progressively worse. I’ve been taking medication for the pain, but at what point should I consider surgery?”

Ask an Expert: Drug use and stroke risk

Q: Could past drug use put me at increased risk for a stroke?  I stopped using illegal drugs more than 10 years ago.

Ask an Expert: Glucosamine and chondroitin

Q: Can glucosamine and chondroitin prevent joint cartilage from wearing down?

Ask an Expert: Headache Pain Relievers

What pain medicines are safe to use for headaches? With all the recent recalls and new safety warnings, I’m worried that I may be risking a stroke or heart attack every time I take something to get rid of a headache.

Ask an Expert: Homocysteine, vitamins and stroke prevention

Q: A friend of mine is taking folic acid and vitamin B12 supplements to lower her homocysteine levels and help prevent a stroke. What exactly is homocysteine? Should I be taking vitamin supplements if I’m worried about having a stroke?

Ask an Expert: Is it a stroke, or something else?

Q: If you have only one symptom of a stroke, or only mild symptoms, how do you know it’s a stroke and not something else? Will symptoms eventually appear that make it clear you've had a stroke? What other conditions cause stroke-like symptoms?

Ask an Expert: Stress and stroke risk

Q: I’ve read that stress can increase your risk of having a stroke. Does this warning relate only to anxiety experienced during times of crisis or extend to everyday stress as well?

Ask an Expert: Stroke vs. TIA

“Is a TIA truly a stroke, or is it caused by other problems? What is the process for finding a good specialist?"

Back and neck pain decision tools

Providence offers a number of online tools to help you make informed decisions about treatments for back and neck pain.

Pioneering stroke care video

Learn how Providence built a telestroke network to improve stroke care in communities in Oregon and Washington.

Three Tests That Can Help Identify a Stroke

Q: An e-mail is going around that says if you think someone may be having a stroke, you should ask him to perform three tests: to smile, to raise both arms and to speak a simple sentence. Can these tests really indicate a stroke, or is this an urban legend?

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Brain tumor types

We specialize in treating a large variety of tumors.

Bringing out the big guns to kill cancer

Technology opens new doors for combining radiation and immunotherapy.

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Expectations

This handout discusses what to expect in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.

Exercises for a Healthy Spine

Incorporating some simple exercises into your daily routine can help you maintain a healthy spine and avoid back and neck pain.

Gamma Knife Center of Oregon printable sheet

Printable sheets describing our program and services.

Know your stroke risk

Take this short test to determine your risk of stroke. You'll need to know your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Neuro bi-plane technology gets even more precise

Providence Portland Medical Center now offers an advanced neuro procedure room with 3-D mapping and CT scan overlay.

Parkinson's disease exercise classes

Links to exercise classes designed for people with Parkinson's disease in the Portland area.

Providence Neurocritical Care Services

Printable sheet describing our program and services.

Providence Telestroke Network map

Miles away… and by your side. See the map of all telestroke locations.

What is a stroke?

Learn more about stroke using this easy-to-understand interactive guide, including causes of stroke, types of stroke and how to reduce risk for stroke.

Your stay on the Providence Epilepsy Services inpatient monitoring unit

A description of your stay on the epilepsy monitoring unit.

Proprietary Health Article

[VIDEO] Providence Telestroke Network in Action

Watch this video depicting the lifesaving power of telestroke.

A need for speed promotes neurointensive care

Studies find that the relatively new care model for critically ill neurological patients decreases mortality and shortens hospital stays. – By John Zurasky, M.D., neurointensivist

Efficacy of Vagal Nerve Stimulation on Selected Patients with Intractable Epilepsy

Diana Murray R.N., C.N.S., M.S., C.N.R.N.*; Mark Yerby M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.N., James Schimshock M.D., Providence Epilepsy Services, Portland, Oregon  

This report describes the efficacy of VNS therapy in a series of intractable patients with partial and primarily generalized epilepsy.

Parkinsons disease: When is deep brain stimulation an option

When medications no longer work, this surgical approach is easing symptoms for many patients with this degenerative disease. – Elise Anderson,M.D., neurologist

Providence Stroke Center Video Library

How can I tell if someone is having a stroke?
What can I do to lower my chances?
What is a transient ischemic attack (TIA)? Is this a mini-stroke?

Questions and Answers About Stroke

Questions and answers about stroke with Ted Lowenkopf, M.D., and Lisa Yanase, M.D., Providence Brain and Spine Institute.

World-class technology: intraoperative MRI suite

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center is home to the world’s most advanced operating suite for brain tumors.

Recommended Resource

AANEM Website

Website for the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

AAOS Spine and Neck

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Spine and Neck page

Access-Able Travel Source

Providing Worldwide Access Information

ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter Website

The ALS Association's Oregon & SW Washington Chapter was founded in 2002 to serve the needs of those living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and their caregivers.

American Academy of Neurology

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN), established in 1948, is an international professional association of more than 22,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care.

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

AAOS landing page with resources to all topics regarding musculoskeletal health.

American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine

The American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) was founded in 1953. We are a nonprofit membership association dedicated to the advancement of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine. Our more than 5,000 physician members -- primarily neurologists and physiatrists -- now are joined by allied health professionals and Ph.D. researchers working to improve the quality of medical care to patients with muscle and nerve disorders.

American Brain Tumor Association

The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) provides critical funding to researchers working toward breakthroughs in brain tumor diagnosis, treatment and care, with the ultimate goal of finding a cure. 

American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society’s home page with links to all types of cancer, symptoms, treatment options, statistics trials and ways to contribute. 

American Chronic Pain Association

American Chronic Pain Association main page with search for conditions, treatments and medication and pain management tools.

American College of Rheumatology

Physician’s resource website about rheumatology includes news, resources and research articles.

American Parkinson Disease Association

The American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc. was founded in 1961 to “ease the burden and find a cure” for Parkinson’s disease. Head-quartered in New York, the organization focuses its energies on research, patient support, education and raising public awareness of the disease.

American Stroke Association Website

Provides warning signs and overview of stroke, emergency stroke center locations and patient education resources.

Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry

The North American AED (antiepileptic drug) Pregnancy Registry was established in 1997 for pregnant women in the United States and Canada at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

Bone and Joint Decade’s Musculoskeletal Portal

Bone and Joint Decade’s online resource for news for patients and orthopedic specialists.

Brain Injury Association of Oregon

Mission: Creating a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education, and advocacy.

Brain Injury Resource Center

This site is maintained by: Brain Injury Resource Center -- 

  • A non-profit clearinghouse founded and operated by brain injury activists since 1985.
  • If you have landed on this site it is probably because you have learned that head injury is poorly understood, and you need expert guidance to make sense of it. (AKA: People Living with Cancer)

Oncologist-approved cancer information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology

Cancer Care is a national nonprofit that provides free, professional support services for anyone affected by cancer.

Check Your Symptoms: Back problems and injuries

Most people will have a minor back problem at one time or another. Our body movements usually do not cause problems, but it's not surprising that symptoms develop from everyday wear and tear, overuse, or injury. Back problems and injuries often occur during sports or recreational activities, work-related tasks, or home projects.

CMTA: Why Does Peripheral Neuropathy Cause Pain?

The Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association study and explanation about why peripheral neuropathy is painful, what causes it and how it’s treated.

Cure Progressive Supranuclear Palsy: Foundation for PSP, CBD and Related Brain Diseases

Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), corticobasal degeneration (CBD), and multiple system atrophy (MSA), are little-known but disabling brain diseases, often misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Alzheimer’s disease.

The goals of CurePSP are to assist patients and their families, increase public awareness, educate healthcare professionals, and support research toward better diagnosis, effective treatments, and eventual cures.

Epilepsy Foundation Northwest Website

This website contains information from the local Epilepsy Foundation affiliate.  On this site you will find:
  • Support group information for adults in the Portland/Vancouver area
  • YEA! Youth with Epilepsy Advocates
  • Brochures on a variety of topics related to epilepsy

Epilepsy Foundation Website

The Epilepsy Foundation of America® is the national voluntary agency dedicated solely to the welfare of the almost 3 million people with epilepsy in the U.S. and their families.

Resource for epilepsy, explaining the disease, seizures, living with epilepsy, treatment and research.

European Parkinson’s Disease Association

The EPDA aims to ensure the best possible quality of life for people with Parkinson's, their carers and families. This can be achieved by:

  • providing and continually updating medical and caring best practice to all involved in their management;
  • making this information readily available to facilitate dialogue and sharing of successful activities across member organizations;
  • providing targeted educational tools, and acting as a voice for Parkinson’s in Europe with key decision makers. Chronic pain medicines page on Chronic pain, how to identify and treatment resources. Medicamentos para el dolor cronico (Chronic Pain Meds in Spanish) page on Chronic pain, translated to Spanish.

FDA COX-2 Selective (includes Bextra, Celebrex, and Vioxx) and Non-Selective Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)

Explains requirement by FDA to change labels on drugs commonly prescribed for arthritis and headache.

GlaxoSmithKline Bridges to Access

Bridges to Access is a patient assistance program sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline that provides GlaxoSmithKline medicines to applicants who meet eligibility requirements. page on Back Pain

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services page describing back pain, best treatments and other resources. Page on Headaches

Headache topic page for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Arthritis

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services tool’s page on arthritis. Includes FAQs and an overview of the types of arthritis with resource treatment options. Pain

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services page on Pain, how to identify, treat and relevant resources.

JAMA: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Patient Page

The Journal of the American Medical Association patient page (PDF) about carpal tunnel syndrome.

JAMA: Herniated Lumbar Disks

The Journal of the American Medical Association’s page about herniated lumbar discs, including causes, symptoms and treatment resources.

JAMA: Peripheral Neuropathy

The Journal of the American Medical Association page on Peripheral Neuropathy defining the disease, causes and treatment options.

Low back pain: Exercises to reduce pain

Low back pain is very common among adults and is often caused by overuse and muscle strain or injury. Treatment can help you stay as active as possible. And it will help you understand that some continued or repeated back pain is not surprising or dangerous.

Mayo Clinic Back Pain Page

Provides definition, symptoms and references for seeking treatment.

Mayo Clinic Neck Pain Page

Mayo Clinic’s definition, symptoms and references for seeking treatment of neck pain.

Mayo Clinic Stroke Risk Factors

Provides extensive outline on the risk factors that contribute to stroke.

Medline Plus Page on Back Pain

Medline Plus landing page describing back pain, best treatments and other resources.

Medline Plus: Arthritis

Medline’s page on Arthritis, discussing types and symptoms with links to various resources for treatment and interactive tools.

Medline Plus: Headache

Medline Plus topic page on headaches, providing info on different types and treatment options.

Medline Plus: Pain

The National Library of Medicine’s online tool Medline Plus provides definition and treatment resources for pain management.

Muscular Dystrophy Association

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

National Aphasia Association

The NAA's mission is to educate the public to know that the word aphasia describes an impairment of the ability to communicate, not an impairment of intellect. 

National Brain Tumor Foundation

Information and resources for patients and family members.

National Brain Tumor Society

National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) is a leader in the brain tumor community, bringing together the best of research and patient services to be a comprehensive resource for patients, families, caregivers, researchers, and medical professionals

National Cancer Institute

National Cancer Institute home page with links to all cancer topics, clinical trial information, statistics, research and treatment information.

National Headache Foundation

Welcome to the website for the National Headache Foundation — the world's largest voluntary organization for the support of headache sufferers.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

NIAMS landing page with search for conditions in the health index and related resources.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: Parkinson’s Disease

NINDS page on Parkinson’s Disease includes information about the disease, publications, organizations supporting research, news and clinical trials.

National Organization for Rare Disorders

Website for NORD: National Organization for Rare Disorders


National Parkinson Foundation

Since its inception more than 50 years ago, the National Parkinson Foundation has worked to address the unmet needs in Parkinson's care and treatment. In 2010 and beyond, NPF works every day to improve the quality of Parkinson's care through research, education and outreach. We believe by working together, we can improve the quality of care for every person diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

National Spinal Cord Injury Association

Founded in 1948, the National Spinal Cord Injury Association is the nation's oldest and largest civilian organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of Americans living with the results of spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) and their families. This number grows by thirty newly-injured people each day.

National Stroke Association Website

Comprehensive overview of stroke, including warning signs, emergency stroke center locations and patient education resources.

National Stroke Association: Women and Stroke

Stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer every year –

However, women in a recent survey believed breast cancer is five times more prevalent than stroke and 40 percent of women said they were only somewhat or not at all concerned about experiencing a stroke in their life.

NeedyMeds is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission of helping people who cannot afford medicine or health care costs. The information at NeedyMeds is available anonymously and free of charge. 

NINDS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Fact Sheet

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes called Lou Gehrig's disease, is a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells (neurons) responsible for controlling voluntary muscles.

NINDS: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders page on carpal tunnel syndrome, including diagnosing the condition, treatment options and research.

NINDS: Parkinson's Disease Information Page

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke information page for Parkinson's Disease. Includes information on publications, organizations, news and research literature related to the disease.

NINDS: Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet

NINDS page on Peripheral Neuropathy includes information about the condition, treatment options, research and resources.

NLM Medline Plus: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

National Library of Medicine’s Medline Plus site about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS.)

NLM Medline Plus: Peripheral Nerve Disorders

National Library of Medicine’s Medline Plus page on peripheral nerve disorders, providing definitions, descriptions and resources for treatment.

North Pacific Epilepsy Research

North Pacific Epilepsy Research is focused on the development in the treatments of epilepsy.

Oregon DMV At-Risk Driver Program

The purpose of the At-Risk Driver Program is to identify and address drivers whose medical conditions, impairments, or driving behaviors affect their ability to drive safely. 

Oregon Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS)

The Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services Department (OVRS) represents one of Oregon's greatest untapped labor pools: skilled, motivated, responsible men and women - willing workers - who happen to have disabilities. New License/ID Requirements

Resource for information about drivers with epilepsy and reporting requirements.

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) is working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson’s by funding promising scientific research to find the causes of and a cure for Parkinson's, while supporting people with Parkinson’s, their families and caregivers through educational programs and support services.

Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon

Parkinson's disease is not a choice, but quality of life is. Parkinson's Resources of Oregon (PRO) helps patients and caregivers manage this complex disease with helpful programs and services.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free.

Power to End Stroke Risk Assessment Card

American Stroke Association’s test for personal risk of stroke.

Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) was established in 1987 on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) in Americus, Georgia. 

Spine Health Conservative Care for Back Pain

Spine Health page with instructions on conservative ways to deal with back pain without surgery.

Spine Health Trusted Information for Back and Neck Pain

Spine Health main page with information about back and neck pain.

SSA Disability Programs

The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. 

The ALS Association website

The ALS Association symbolizes the hopes of people everywhere that Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis will one day be a disease of the past – relegated to historical status, studied in medical textbooks, conquered by the dedication of thousands who have worked ceaselessly to understand and eradicate this perplexing killer.

The Center for Peripheral Neuropathy: Quantitative Sudomotor Axon Reflex Test (QSART)

The Peripheral Neuropathy Center’s page explaining the QSART-The quantitative sudomotor axon reflex test (QSART) is used to assess the small nerve fibers, which are linked to the sweat glands.

The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy

The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy works to educate the public and healthcare professionals, provide state-of-the-art treatment for patients with peripheral neuropathy, and will be the catalyst for advancing innovative therapeutic developments and accelerating a cure for painful neuropathies.

The Goddess Fund: Hazel K. Goddess Fund for Stroke Research in Women

The Goddess Fund was created with one clear and compelling goal: to eliminate the impact of stroke in women's lives, the lives of their families and society at large. Lynn B. Goddess founded The Hazel K. Goddess Fund for Stroke Research in Women, also known as The Goddess Fund, in April 2000 as a legacy to her mother Hazel K. Goddess, who died of complications from stroke.

The Internet Stroke Center

The Internet Stroke Center is an independent web resource for information about stroke care and research.

TSA Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions

Our program covers all categories of disabilities (mobility, hearing, visual, and hidden). As part of that program, we established a coalition of over 70 disability-related groups and organizations to help us understand the concerns of persons with disabilities and medical conditions.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation

Welcome! On this site you can learn how VNS Therapy™—a unique non-drug treatment option—could help provide a new sense of control and independence to people living with seizure disorders.