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  1. ADHD: It Can Run in the Family

    Rick Webster's son, Richy, stood out at school -- but not necessarily in a good way. He wasn't doing his homework, he was having combative interactions with teachers, and his grades were suffering as a result. While his classmates had trouble once in a while, Richy's difficulties were constant. Rick

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  2. Smarter Than a 5th-Grader?

    The television show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? pits adult contestants against fifth-grade students to see how much adults really know about the subject matter covered in that grade. The students on the show can help the adult contestants when they're stumped on the answers and their quest to

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  3. Olympia Dukakis: Health Activist

    You're a health activist. What sparked your interest? My mother suffered from Alzheimer's. And I was diagnosed with osteoporosis in the early 1990s. It's a message to all women that ... it's not an infirmity you have to endure. Something can be done. Did caring for your mother inspire you to do your

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  4. Cerebral Palsy Key to Josh Blue's Act

    Many a naysayer told Josh Blue that he couldn't be a comedian. But look who's laughing now. The 28-year-old funny man beat out the competition on the fourth season of NBC's Last Comic Standing, even though, as he puts it, "there are many white male comedians, but not too many with cerebral palsy." B

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  5. Neil Cavuto Deals With MS

    When news anchor Neil Cavuto was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis a decade ago -- after surviving stage IV Hodgkin's lymphoma in the late '80s -- he sought second opinions in New York, Atlanta, Minnesota, and London, in his attempt to refute the undeniable. Ten years later, Cavuto both accepts his

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  6. Work & Multiple Sclerosis

    How to handle workplace issues when you have multiple sclerosis. Elissa Levy, a 37-year-old with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), is living proof of the unpredictability of this progressive neurological disease that affects the central nervous system. Soon after being diagnosed in Janu

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  7. New Thinking About Alzheimer's Treatment

    Using powerful new drug-screening technologies, researchers are identifying dozens, perhaps hundreds of possible targets for drugs aimed at preventing, treating, or slowing the progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Many of these compounds appear to work in animals with Alzheimer's-type dementia -

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  8. Keeping Your Brain Fit for Life

    "I used to have a tremendous memory," Maria Luisa Bravo, 72, says wistfully. But a decade ago, the San Francisco woman started having memory loss that comes with aging. She forgot phone numbers, passages that she had just read in books, even where she parked her car. Often, she received parking tick

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  9. Pain and Multiple Sclerosis

    When most people think of multiple sclerosis, they think of a disease that causes symptoms of weakness and motor problems -- not pain. "About 10 or 20 years ago, there was a saying that MS causes all kinds of trouble but doesn't cause pain, which really isn't true," says Francois Bethoux, MD, direct

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  10. A Summer of Fun for Children With ADHD

    Each year, tens of thousands of kids across the U.S. say goodbye to desks and books and hello to summer camp. For most it means a season filled with swimming, softball, arts and crafts, and tons of fun. For some, however -- a select group of children with a behavioral disorder known as attention def

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