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    1. Can a DIY Test Reveal Signs of Alzheimer's?

      In the months after her husband died unexpectedly, Liz Arledge found it hard to focus and mingle with others. Was it a natural part of grieving, she wondered, or signs of something else? Her younger brother had dementia, and her mother had lived for 12 years with Alzheimer's. Was she following in th

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    2. Alcohol and ADHD Medication

      If you take medication for your ADHD, you may wonder whether or not you can drink alcohol. And if it's okay, how much can you safely have? There's no official recommendation, because not enough research has been done. But some doctors think a drink or two is all right for some people under certain c

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    3. Why Are ADHD Medicines Controlled Substances?

      If you’re taking medicine for ADHD, what you’re taking likely is a controlled substance. That means that the federal government regulates how the drug is made, prescribed, and dispensed. There are also extra security measures to guard against abuse. “This affects the way you get and fill your prescr

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    4. MS and Your Friendships

      When you have multiple sclerosis (MS), friends are especially important. Just ask Diane Robinson and Sue Karpen of Raleigh, NC. The two women, friends for nearly 10 years, both have MS. “We’ve just done a lot of things together,” Karpen says. “We help each other. It’s really wonderful.” No matter ho

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    5. Could Vitamins Relieve MS Symptoms?

      Could the vitamin aisle at your local pharmacy be the key for control of multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms? There are promising signs, but it’s too soon to start taking any supplements to get relief. Natural treatments for pain, muscle weakness, or fatigue are appealing to people with MS, says Kathle

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    6. Building Self-Confidence When You Have MS

      For 5 years, Michelle Tolson lived a life many little girls dream of. She was a dancer with the Radio City Rockettes in New York City. Each night, she dazzled audiences from around the world with her precise leg work. Sometimes, she did 17 shows a week. Tolson left the Rockettes in 2002, but she sti

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    7. Dating With MS

      By the end of 2006, life was just starting to come back together for Kate Milliken. The business she launched after a broken engagement was beginning to take off. She was finally dating again in Manhattan. Two weeks later, after serious fatigue and problems with movement, she was diagnosed with mult

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    8. MS and Your Social Life

      Keep your social life going strong -- with a little planning and some support from your friends. "We encourage patients to do as much as they feel comfortable doing," says Robert Bermel, MD, medical director of the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis at the Cleveland Clinic. "The good news is there

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    9. Why Do Teenagers Go Off ADHD Medication?

      By Roy Boorady, MD There are a couple of reasons why kids who are around 13, 14, or 15 often decide they want to stop taking medication. First, this is a time when they're developing autonomy, and it's typical for kids this age to start challenging their parents. Secondly, ADHD does change over time

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    10. MS and Your Sex Life

      Keep your sex life exciting, playful, and fun. The key is to take the time to find out what's important to you and your partner. Explore. Your body may feel different than it used to. Get in touch with that, says Rosalind Kalb, PhD, of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Lock the bedroom door,

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