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  1. The Challenges of Raising a Child With Autism

    Looking back, Cori Ayala understands that the signs made sense. Before her son Evan was diagnosed with autism at age 3, he had behaved differently from his older brother, Alex. Evan was happy and affectionate, Ayala says. But "he developed pretty rigid routines that had to be adhered to or he would

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  2. The Emotional Toll of Alzheimer's

    The Oscar-nominated movie Away from Her portrays a long-married couple struggling with Alzheimer's disease and the emotional toll it causes when the wife, played by actress Julie Christie, gives her affection to another man whom she meets in a nursing home. This heart-wrenching and emotional dramati

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  3. Shemar Moore Bikes for MS

    Shemar Moore, best known as FBI special agent Derek Morgan on the hit television drama Criminal Minds and previously as Malcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless, bikes for fun, for exercise, and most of all to raise funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis, a disease his mother has. March is

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  4. Living with Autism: "Losing My Little Boy"

    Nothing could have prepared Nicole Kalkowski for the agony of seeing her once-bubbly and affectionate son, Ryan, slowly slip away from her into the grip of autism.

  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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