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  1. ADHD Drug Holidays: Should Your Kid Get One?

    Are you considering giving your child weekends off or even a summer-long break from ADHD medications? It may work just fine. Your child may regain his appetite and catch up on his growth (some ADHD drugs may slow a child's height and weight gains). Then again, a so-called medication vacation may unl

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  2. Disciplining a Child With ADHD

    If your child has ADHD, should you use different tactics to discipline him than you'd use with your other children? The answer might surprise you. "ADHD is a challenge, not necessarily an excuse for kids," says Steven L. Pastyrnak, PhD, division chief of pediatric psychology at the Helen DeVos Child

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  3. Aging and ADHD

    ADHD doesn't just affect kids or young adults. If you're an older adult who often feels distracted and disorganized and struggles to complete tasks, it may be worth finding out if you've been living with undiagnosed ADHD. "I have patients in their 50s, 60s, and early 70s who were never diagnosed bef

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  4. Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Tips

    Your mom or dad has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. While your first feeling may be worry, you can get support to help you guide your parent’s care and manage costs. That way you can make the most of your time together. Several local, national, and online resources can help you find care fo

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  5. 10 Questions About Multiple Sclerosis

    There are four types: Relapsing-remitting. This is the most common form. You have flare-ups followed by periods without symptoms, called recovery. Primary-progressive. With this type, you do not get the ups and downs. Your symptoms get worse over time. Secondary-progressive. You get flares and recov

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  6. Alternative Medicine and Complementary Care for MS

    A variety of alternative and complementary treatments can help with MS symptoms like pain, stiffness, and muscle spasms. Research is still new, so they haven't been fully tested yet. But many people get relief from them. In acupuncture, a professional inserts thin needles into specific points in you

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  7. 5 Things Your Loved One Isn’t Telling You About MS

    If you have a significant other, friend, or relative with multiple sclerosis (MS), you might know about some of the physical problems that can come with the disease. But chances are, that’s only part of what your loved one deals with.  MS can cause invisible symptoms that can be tricky to talk about

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  8. 5 Myths About Alzheimer's Disease

    Get the facts about Alzheimer's disease as we clear up five common misunderstandings. Most people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older. But it can happen when you’re younger, too. About 5% of people with the disease get symptoms in their 30s, 40s, or 50s. It’s called early-onset Alzheimer’s. People who

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  9. Life on the Go With MS

    You've got a lot going on in your daily world. Check out these ideas to get comfortable and stay on the move. Finding the right shoe can make walking a lot easier. It can help you manage symptoms like muscle stiffness, numbness, and balance problems. "While there are plentiful options of shoes in th

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  10. Multiple Sclerosis: Travel Planning

    Pack your bags and see the world! A little advance planning can make your vacation run smoothly. "I encourage patients to travel to all the places they want to visit," says Lily Jung-Henson, MD, a neurologist at Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle. "I have patients who've gone on safaris in Af

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