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  1. 5 Myths and Facts About Multiple Sclerosis

    If you're getting a lot of confusing advice about living with multiple sclerosis, you're not alone. Friends may be quick to offer suggestions, but sometimes they just repeat old myths. Getting the facts straight can help you lead a full life. "This is a definite myth," says Matthew McCoyd, MD, a neu

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  2. Autism: Helping Your Child Head Into to Adulthood

    As your child with autism becomes an adult, he will face challenges, of course. But young adults with autism also have more and more opportunities. The key is to start planning for the transition before it comes. Here's how. “The educational system is ‘home base’ for a family with autism,” says Kerr

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  3. How to Handle Behavior Problems in Kids With ADHD

    You may not be in the classroom when your child acts up or tunes out, but you can still help. A good relationship with your child's teacher, along with planning and practice at home, can turn around behavior problems at school. Your kid will be a lot happier, and so will you and their teacher. If yo

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  4. How Sports Can Help Kids With ADHD

    Sports are a key part of many children's lives. There's no reason they shouldn't be for kids with ADHD as well. Although little research has been done on the subject, doctors often field parents' questions about the benefits of sports for their kids with ADHD. The answer? Get in the game. Sports and

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  5. ADHD Drug Holidays: Should Your Kid Get One?

    Are you considering giving your child weekends off or even a summer-long break from ADHD medications?  It may work just fine. Your child may regain his appetite and catch up on his growth (some ADHD drugs may slow a child's height gains). Then again, a so-called medication vacation may unleash the v

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  6. Alzheimer's Care: 6 Tips to Improve Daily Life

    There's a lot you can do to help someone you care about with Alzheimer's enjoy their day-to-day activities. Even though people with Alzheimer's may get frustrated or confused easily, try these steps to help them feel calm and safe. People with Alzheimer's tend to prefer a familiar schedule and setti

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  7. Are You at Risk for Caregiver Burnout?

    Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease can be more stressful than caring for people with other serious diseases. That's because people with Alzheimer's disease often need care for decades, rather than a few months or years, says Mary Guerriero Austrom, PhD, an expert on caregivers and Alzheimer

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  8. ADHD, Food Dyes, and Additives

    If your child has ADHD, you may be thinking about cutting dyes and other additives from their diet, in case it helps their ADHD symptoms. Is it true? Will they eat foods without them? Before you give it a try, you should know a few things about the link between food colorings and ADHD. The possible

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  9. MS and Your Diet: Is There a Link?

    Many foods have been touted as helpful for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Do they work? "There are strong reasons to think that diet could affect MS symptoms and even help treat it," says neurologist Ellen Mowry, MD, of Johns Hopkins University. But although a healthy diet is always a good ide

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  10. 10 Brain Foods for Kids

    As fast as children whiz from classroom to activity to home and back again, their brains are just as actively and dramatically growing and changing. "These years are critical for brain development, and what they eat affects focus and cognitive skills," psychiatrist Drew Ramsey, MD, coauthor of The H

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