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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Dealing With Alzheimer's Disease Memory Loss

    For John MacInnes, the beginnings of Alzheimer’s disease were startling. The retired executive and former pastor in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., first realized something was wrong as he was delivering a PowerPoint presentation to a community group. “Then in mid-sentence, I had problems,” he says. “I had

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  6. Got Adult ADHD? Get Organized!

    Some of the hallmarks of adult ADHD include forgetfulness, distractibility, chronic lateness, and general disorganization. This can make life miserable for you -- and the people who live and work with you.   But ADHD coach Nancy Ratey, EdM, author of The Disorganized Mind: Coaching Your ADHD Brain t

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  7. Actor Greg Grunberg Steps Up for Epilepsy

    On the NBC show Heroes, Greg Grunberg plays an ordinary guy with extraordinary powers. In real life, he credits astonishing powers to his 13-year-old son, Jake, who has lived with epilepsy for the past five years. Epilepsy, a neurological condition that affects 3 million Americans (350,000 of them a

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  8. Surviving Stroke: A Personal Story

    It all started with a headache -- pounding pain behind the left eye -- that wouldn't go away. A healthy 37-year-old at the time, Jill Bolte Taylor tried to shake the pain with a cardio workout. But that didn't work. Feeling rocky, Taylor headed for her shower. She noticed herself losing coordination

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  9. Expert Q&A: ADHD and Diet

    Parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) face lots of challenges trying to help their kids do well in school and control their behavior. Many parents wonder whether sugar, additives, or preservatives might be contributing to their child's condition, or whether food ch

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  10. What It's Like to Have Autism

    One of the most difficult aspects of being a caregiver for someone with autism – whether a child or an adult – is the inability to understand what it’s really like for him. Autism is a condition that can be isolating for the person who has it, and autism symptoms are tough to understand from the out

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