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Three years ago, The Doctors met Alex, a young woman diagnosed with dystonia, a neurological disorder that causes the muscles to contract and spasm uncontrollably. The contractions force the body into repetitive and often twisting movements, as well as awkward, irregular postures, which halted Alex's career as a dance teacher.
Alex returned to The Doctors and learned that she was a candidate for deep-brain stimulation as a treatment for her dystonia. Thanks to generous donations from viewers, and the doctors at Mass General Hospital, Alex underwent the procedure.
The procedure is a high-risk surgery that implants a battery-powered neurotransmitter into the brain to interrupt pathways responsible for the involuntary spasms experienced by dystonia sufferers. Patients remain awake during DBS so doctors can monitor their motor responses and make sure other areas of the brain aren't affected during the operation.
While some patients have reported significant improvement after surgery, there is no guarantee that DBS will help everyone.
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At 19 months old, Teeba suffered second- and third-degree burns to her scalp, face and ears after a bomb detonated in her home country of Iraq. When Teeba was 4, her father reached out to an American journalist for help, and one year later, Barbara and Tim Marlowe from Ohio opened their hearts and home to assist her on her long road to recovery. Now nearing her ninth birthday, Teeba has become a different person! She has a new appearance, after undergoing 14 surgeries, speaks English fluently and takes horseback riding lessons.
See Teeba's amazing transformation!
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An astounding 95 percent of Americans do not get their daily recommended 48 grams of whole grains in their diet. Whole grains provide essential fibers, carbohydrates and vitamins that can help manage diabetes and decrease the risk of certain cancers and heart disease. Whole grains are also a great anti-aging food, containing selenium and biotin. Whole grains can be found in breakfast foods like oatmeal and whole grain cereal.