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REJOINS STAFF: Neurologist Dr. Brenda Adamovich has rejoined the staff of Wheeling Hospital.

Adamovich, who is located in Tower 1, has expertise with epilepsy; neuromuscular disorders (diseases of muscles and nerves); stroke; traumatic brain injury; headache; migraine headaches; dystonias; dementia; Parkinson’s Disease; multiple sclerosis; restless legs syndrome; movement disorders; sleep apnea; brain and spinal tumors’ myasthenia gravis; and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Among the treatments Adamovich provides is botox therapy, used for patients who suffer with migraine headaches. Others who can benefit from this treatment include patients with cervical dystonia (muscle spasms and tightness of the neck causing pain), blepharospasm (uncontrolled eyelid closing) and spasticity or muscle tightness due to cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, strokes and other disorders of the central nervous system.

She is the only Wheeling area physician to provide this therapy.

Adamovich graduated from Ohio State University with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in speech and hearing science. After receiving her medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Adamovich completed a neurology residency at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. She then completed a neurology fellowship in neurophysiology at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where she received specialized training in epilepsy and neuromuscular disorders.

A test she published to assess cognitive skills after traumatic brain injury now is used internationally. She is the author of a textbook describing cognitive rehabilitation after closed head injury. Additionally, Adamovich has published numerous journal articles and chapters in medical textbooks and has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally.

Adamovich is accepting new patients. To contact Adamovich’s office, call (304) 243-5143.

NO CHANGE: Long-term mortgage rates were unchanged this week: The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage remained at 3.83 percent; the 15-year home loan, popular among homeowners who refinance their mortgages, stayed at 3.13 percent, mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday.

Rates on long-term home loans typically track the yield on 10-year Treasury notes, which barely budged this week.

Two weeks ago, the 30-year mortgage hit a low for the year before bouncing back up last week. So far this year, the 30-year rate is running above last year’s average of 3.65 percent.

Freddie Mac says the rate on adjustable five-year mortgages blipped up to 3.20 percent, from 3.17 percent.

SICK TIME: Democratic Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed legislation to mandate paid time off for workers who call in sick.

Raimondo, who signed the law Thursday, says it will enable 100,000 Rhode Island workers to take sick days.

Lawmakers approved the measure this month.

Republican lawmakers opposed it, saying it will hurt businesses and the economy.

Raimondo says being able to recover from an illness or care for a sick relative without having to worry about losing your job or going without pay is a basic right.

Employees will be guaranteed three days of paid sick leave in 2018, four days in 2019 and five days in 2020. The requirement only applies to businesses with 18 or more employees.

Neighboring Massachusetts and Connecticut currently require paid sick leave.

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