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  1. Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: What to Expect

    A dementia diagnosis can be devastating -- not only for the patient, but for those who love him, too. “There’s a grieving that occurs. You haven’t lost your loved one, but the person you know is going to change,” says Rosanne M. Leipzig, MD, professor of geriatric medicine at Mount Sinai School of M

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  2. Early Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

    Michael Williamson was 16 years old when he noticed a few odd cramps one day at a cross-country track meet. His coach told him to run them out. A day or so later, he woke up paralyzed from the waist down. After a lot of testing and poking and prodding, Williamson was told he had something called tra

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  3. Treat and Prevent a Multiple Sclerosis Flare-Up

    Call it a flare-up, an exacerbation, an attack, or a relapse. Whatever you call it, it's not something you expect. When you have relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), you can go days or years without major changes in your symptoms. Then, suddenly, things change. You'll work closely with your

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  4. 10 Questions About Multiple Sclerosis

    There are four types: Relapsing-remitting. This is the most common form. You have flare-ups followed by periods without symptoms, called recovery. Primary-progressive. With this type, you do not get the ups and downs. Your symptoms get worse over time. Secondary-progressive. You get flares and recov

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  5. Clearing Away MS Brain Fog

    You’re having a conversation, and suddenly you can't remember the right word -- or the wrong words come tumbling out of your mouth. You're cooking dinner, the timer's going off, but you can't remember why you set it.  When brain fog clouds your thinking, you may feel frustrated or embarrassed. You m

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  6. Does Your Preschooler Have ADHD?

    How early is too early to tell if your toddler or preschooler might have ADHD? ADHD can be diagnosed in children as young as 4, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). But at that age, many kids are active and impulsive. So what are the signs of ADHD? And if your young child is diagno

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  7. When Your Child's ADHD Affects Your Relationship

    Building and sustaining a healthy relationship with your spouse or partner takes work. When you have a child with ADHD, balancing his or her needs with the attention your marriage deserves is critical if both are going to thrive. "Anytime you have a child with a condition like ADHD that impacts his

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  8. 6 Parenting Tips for Raising Kids With ADHD

    When Hal Meyer learned that his son, 5, had ADHD, he couldn’t believe it. When his child was at school, “He was rambunctious, he couldn’t stay in his seat, he was going around, helping everybody,” Meyer recalls. But to him and his wife, these were signs of brightness and curiosity, not symptoms of i

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  9. How a Child's ADHD Affects Siblings

    Having a child with ADHD means dedicating time to meeting their special needs, and to making sure that doesn't come at the expense of your other children. "Being a parent of a child with ADHD can be hard," says Terry Dickson, MD, director of the Behavioral Medicine Clinic of NW Michigan, and an ADHD

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  10. The Positive Side of Adult ADHD

    ADHD definitely has its drawbacks. But some symptoms can have unexpected benefits. These include "problem-solving, creativity, being spontaneous, being risk-takers in a good way, and having the courage to follow their intuition," says ADHD coach Nancy Ratey, EdM. For certain people, "symptoms can be

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