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BrainWaves: A Neurology Podcast

Jun 20, 2019

You might think George Clooney gets his devilishly handsome smile from well polished genes or a long history of acting lessons. As it turns out, he has mild residual weakness from a remote Bell's Palsy.

In this week's installment of the BrainWaves podcast, we've got even more factoids about the facial nerve as we revisit a prior show that originally aired in January 2017. We've touched up the audio a bit, so get comfortable and grab a pen, you may want to take notes on this one.

Produced by James E. Siegler. Music courtesy of Marcos H. Bolanos, Jon Watts & Lee Rosevere. Sound effects by Mike Koenig and Daniel Simion. BrainWaves' podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used for clinical decision making. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @brainwavesaudio for the latest updates to the podcast.


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