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  1. After a Stroke: Medications to Reduce Arm Spasticity

    When it comes to stroke rehabilitation, one medication doesn’t fit all. Your stroke rehab team will work with you to find out which medications, if any, can improve stiffness after a stroke. It's important to remember these medications are not a cure. They are ongoing treatments that relieve the sym

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  2. Stroke Recovery and Arm Rehab: Important Questions

    After a stroke, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns about how -- and even if -- you will recover. When will you be able to move your arms? Is your independent life gone forever? It's difficult to predict to what degree someone will recover after a stroke, says Randie M. Black-Schaffer,

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  3. Arm and Hand Exercises for Stroke Rehab

    Recovering after a stroke may feel like a daunting task. Among other things, your brain must relearn skills it lost when it was damaged by the stroke. Recent research, though, shows that the brain is amazingly resilient and capable of adapting after a stroke. This means that recovery is more possibl

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  4. When It's Not Just ADHD

    If your child is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -- a common disorder that makes it difficult to pay attention, stay focused, or control behavior -- your lives can change: Your child will need medication, regular doctor visits, and therapy. You may also need to learn d

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  5. Stroke Prevention Lifestyle Tips

    If you've had a stroke, preventing a second stroke is a top priority. "The risk of a stroke is tenfold higher in someone who has had a stroke in the past," says Larry B. Goldstein, MD, professor of medicine (neurology) and director of the Duke Stroke Center in Durham, N.C. Prevention of a second str

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  6. ADHD or Not? Why a Diagnosis Matters

    For many children with ADHD, a call from a teacher was the first time their parents started discussing the possibility of ADHD. "The vast majority of cases are brought to the attention of parents by educators, either at the preschool level or elementary school level," says George DuPaul, PhD, of Leh

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  7. Disciplining a Child With ADHD

    If your child has ADHD, should you use different tactics to discipline him than you'd use with your other children?  The answer might surprise you.  "ADHD is a challenge, not necessarily an excuse for kids," says Steven L. Pastyrnak, PhD, division chief of pediatric psychology at the Helen DeVos Chi

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  8. Is Your MS Treatment Working?

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex, individual disease. No two people with this disease have the same symptoms, progression, or response to treatment. That makes a collaborative approach with your doctor even more important than usual. It's key to tailoring multiple sclerosis treatment just for yo

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  9. Treating Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis

    Living with multiple sclerosis means living with uncertainty. The course of the disease is very difficult for doctors to predict. Some people live with MS for years without suffering serious symptoms. Others may rapidly become disabled. Why the course of the disease varies so widely remains unclear.

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  10. The Flutie Family Tackles Autism

    Doug Flutie Sr., 49, reaches his goals on the field and off. "For whatever reason, people have the feeling I can get things done," the Heisman Trophy winner says. Maybe they remember the former quarterback's famous heart-stopping, last-second Hail Mary pass in 1984 to win the Orange Bowl for Boston

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