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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.

Brain Watch Event - Twitter Highlights

Bringing science education to life, Providence School Outreach Program hosted more than 125 Portland-area high school students to watch a live “Brain Watch” surgery as Dr. Vivek Deshmukh, neurosurgeon with Providence Brain and Spine Institute, clamped a brain aneurysm in a 4-hour operation.

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.

Caregiver Support Group - Websites

Links to websites offering support and information for caregivers of Alzheimers patients.

Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease: Your Easy-to-Use guide from the National Institute on Aging.

This booklet is free and discusses the following:
  1. Stages of Alzheimer's disease
  2. How to care for a person with Alzheimer's
  3. Caring for yourself
  4. When to get help
  5. Medications and common medical problems
  6. Copping with late stage Alzheimer's

For a hard copy of the booklet, contact the Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center at 1-800-438-4380 or

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.

Home Safety for People with Alzheimer's Disease

This booklet discusses the safety concerns of persons with Alzheimer's disease, safety interventions for the home environment, driving, and planning for emergencies.  It was produced by the National Institutes on Aging Alzheimer's Disease Education and Research (ADEAR) Center.  Hard copies of this booklet are available by calling:  1-800-438-4380 or by online request at

How to Manage Bathing Difficulties

This handout describes common bathing issues and helpful interventions for making it a more enjoyable experience.

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.

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.

Expert Q&A: Multiple Sclerosis

Answers provided by Stanley L. Cohan, M.D., Ph.D., director, Providence Multiple Sclerosis Center at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.

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.

Sustained Long Term Use of Interferon Beta-1a in Patients with Relapsing MS

Improving care for patients with multiple sclerosis

Stanley Cohan, M.D., Ph.D., and researchers from Providence Multiple Sclerosis Center presented two posters at the 4th Cooperative Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) and Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS) in San Diego, California from May 30 - June 2, 2012. In this poster presentation, they shared promising results for a  more affordable and less risky therapy for patients with relapsing MS.

The Pacific Northwest MS Registry: Year 4 Update and Diagnosis Validation

Improving care for patients with multiple sclerosis

Stanley Cohan, M.D., Ph.D., and researchers from Providence Multiple Sclerosis Center presented a poster at the 4th Cooperative Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) and Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS) in San Diego, California from May 30 - June 2, 2012. They shared findings from the Pacific Northwest MS Registry from the last four years.

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

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 Stroke Association Website

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

Americans with Disabilities Act Homepage

Website for the Americans with Disabilities Act information, resources, publications.

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. (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.

Care Facilities - Multnomah County

Resources for caregivers of dementia and alzheimer's patients, including care facilities, in-home care and adult day care in Multnomah County.

Care Facilities - Other WA & OR counties

Resources for caregivers of Dementia and Alzheimers disease in other WA and OR counties

Care Facilities - Vancouver, WA

Resources for caregivers of Dementia and Alzheimer's patients in Vancouver, WA.  Includes care facilities, in-home care and adult day care.

Care Facilities in Washington County

Resources for caregivers of dementia and Alzheimer's patients in Washington County.  Includes care facilities, in-home care and adult day care.

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.

Chronic Disease Fund

The Chronic Disease Fund is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that helps underinsured patients with chronic disease, cancers or life-altering conditions obtain the expensive medications they need. is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. This information should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals.

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.

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. 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.

We are here to provide support and information about living with multiple sclerosis. MSWorld offers chat, message boards, a resource center, a cultural center waiting for you to share your creativity, and most importantly, a community of people who share your daily challenges. 

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America

MSAA is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich the quality of life for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis (MS).

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation provides a comprehensive approach to helping people with MS maintain their health and well-being.  We offer programming and support to keep them self-sufficient and their homes safe, while our educational programs heighten public awareness and promote understanding about the disease. 

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Portland

At the MSSP, our sole purpose is to help improve the quality of life for those living with MS, including family members and caregivers. We offer a wide range of information to help those dealing with MS to understand the disease

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: Multiple Sclerosis: Hope Through Research

NINDS page on multiple sclerosis with links to information about the disease, research, treatment, statistics, etc.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn't.

National Rehabilitation Information Center

Welcome to the National Rehabilitation Information Center's online gateway to an abundance of disability- and rehabilitation-oriented information organized in a variety of formats designed to make it easy for users to find and use. 


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: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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

NINDS: Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet

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

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.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages. 

Oregon Chapter of the National MS Society

The Oregon Chapter serves more than 7,000 individuals with MS and their families in Oregon and SW Washington. We mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.

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 Medical Insurance Pool

The Oregon Medical Insurance Pool (OMIP) is the high-risk health insurance pool for the state. OMIP was established by the Oregon Legislature to cover adults and children who are unable to obtain medical insurance because of health conditions.

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.

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.

Resources for Caregivers of Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

Care Facilities Referral Sites -  for Caregivers of Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease patients in Oregon - Portland and surrounding areas

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 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.

The Oregon Health Plan

To plan and implement medical programs assuring access to basic care for eligible clients.

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.

US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

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.

Washington Basic Health Plan

Basic Health is a state-sponsored program providing low-cost health care coverage through private health plans.

Washington Prescription Drug Program

The Prescription Drug Program has developed several tools, released discount card programs, and pooled resources with other organizations with the same goal in mind... providing information and programs that serve the residents of Washington and their current needs for prescription drug purchasing assistance.

Washington State Health Insurance Pool

The Washington State Health Insurance Pool (WSHIP) is an independent, non-profit health plan created by the Washington State Legislature. We offer individual health insurance coverage to state residents rejected for coverage due to medical reasons.