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  1. Multiple Sclerosis: Advances in Research and Treatment

    While the cause of multiple sclerosis (MS) is still not known, advances in treatment options and new understanding about the disease have been especially brisk in the past few years, researchers say. As a result, the future for the 400,000 Americans with the chronic, sometimes disabling disease may

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  2. ADHD Symptoms: How ADHD Differs in Boys & Girls

    Several years ago, neurology researcher Robert J. Melillo was preparing a presentation for a parent-teacher organization on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and its treatment. He began to recognize the symptoms he was reading about in his own elementary-school-age son.  "He was hypera

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  3. Clay Walker Strums Up Funds for Multiple Sclerosis

    When guitar picker Clay Walker lost coordination in his right hand while playing basketball with friends in 1996, the Texan was justifiably nervous. "At first I was kind of laughing about it," he recalls. "But then I started having double vision and dizziness, and I couldn't stand up. And I realized

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  4. Caring for a Parent with Alzheimer's: One Woman's Story

    I didn't know anything about Alzheimer's before my mother and my stepfather developed it at roughly the same time in the spring of 2005. I was living outside of Portland, Oregon; they were living in Mission, Texas. They were 86 and 84, respectively. I had tried to talk them into moving to an assiste

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  5. Chocolate Chips Away at Stroke Risk

    Feb. 11, 2010 -- As if people need another reason to love chocolate, here it is: Eating a little bit of chocolate each week may not only lower the risk of having a stroke, it may also decrease the odds of dying from one. A new review of recent research on chocolate and stroke risk found at least two

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  6. Temple Grandin’s Story: A Remarkable Woman With Autism

    Temple Grandin, a new film biography about the best-selling author, renowned animal scientist, and perhaps America's most famous person with autism, debuts in February on HBO with a strong cast and a sensitive narrative starring Claire Danes. It depicts a woman who is uniquely talented (she imagines

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  7. Epilepsy Treatment: Finding the Right Medication

    Taking epilepsy drugs has always been a fact of life for most people living with epilepsy. And until the 1990s, choosing an epilepsy drug was comparatively simple: only a handful were available. In the past 15 years, epilepsy treatment for controlling seizures has come a long way. The number of avai

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  8. Epilepsy Medications: When Is It Safe to Substitute a Generic?

    The FDA says generic epilepsy drugs are no different from generic drugs for other conditions: virtually identical to brand-name drugs in their effects. Therefore, there's no problem substituting generic drugs for epilepsy. But many doctors who specialize in treating epilepsy don't agree. For a small

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  9. David Hyde Pierce: Advocate for Alzheimer's Research

    David Hyde Pierce's longest-running role to date has been as an advocate for Alzheimer's disease awareness and research. Best known as Niles Crane, the character he played for 11 years on NBC's hit sitcom Frasier (as well as his 2008 Tony for the Broadway musical Curtains), Pierce originally got inv

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  10. Bob Woodruff After Traumatic Brain Injury

    Every so often, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff feels a rock "emerge" from his face “like a zit," he says. But it's not a pimple; it's a not-so-subtle reminder of what he has been through over the past four years. On Jan. 29, 2006, a mere 27 days after he was tapped to succeed Peter Jennings as the co-

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