Brain and Nervous System Videos
- Strength in Small Numbers
Most doctors don't encounter myasthenia gravis patients, Alexis Rodriguez says. So he started a support group with education in mind.
- Home on the Road
Shadow Duffy outfitted an old bus into her home on wheels. With a disability like MG, she wanted to be less stressed about bills and more self-sufficient.
- Hanging by Threads
Aerialist Shadow Duffy just knew it was weak muscles, but doctors blamed her MG on everything from strokes to a tumor. “My face stopped working,” she says.
- Tips to Lessen Spasticity
Spasticity can improve with therapy and modifications. Here’s how to loosen those rigid muscles.
- Exercises to Loosen Muscle Spasticity
Try these low-impact moves to increase your range of mobility.
- MG Is More Than Just General Fatigue
Myasthenia gravis translates to “serious muscle weakness.” It stems from a breakdown in nerve communication. So what are the signs and tests?
- Educating Yourself on MG Symptoms
Whether it’s you or your child, learn how to spot the signs of this autoimmune disorder. Then follow up with testing.
- Working Toward Disease Control
There are several new treatments on the market for myasthenia gravis, more so than even 3 years ago. Better yet, is remission possible?
- Communication and Care
Caregiving can take a toll physically and emotionally, so take this advice to heart when caring for a loved one with MG.
- The Struggle to Be Heard
“I had faith that the medical system would work for me,” Crystal Gayle Dorion says. But six different doctors didn’t take her MG symptoms seriously.
- A Team of Experts
With a chronic disease like myasthenia gravis, you may see several specialists, from a neurologist and ophthalmologist to a speech therapist.
- Self-Care With MG
The No. 1 complaint with this disease is extreme fatigue. Here’s how to conserve your energy, get the rest you need, and reduce stress.
- Parenting With MG
The fatigue and weakness that go along with myasthenia gravis are particularly challenging if you’re a parent. Here’s how to talk to your child about it.
- Movement With Myasthenia Gravis
Here are some simple exercises that may help strengthen your muscles and boost your energy.
- Understanding Spasticity
Learn all about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of this muscle control disorder.
- How to Conserve Energy With Myasthenia Gravis
Stay ahead of weakness and fatigue with myasthenia gravis by saving energy throughout the day. Test out these strategies and assistive devices.
- Treatment Goals With MG
Two neurology professors chat with John Whyte, MD, about treatment goals for MG. The newest drugs came to market in just the last 5 years.
- ‘MG Doesn’t Have Me’
After a surprising diagnosis of MG, it was important for Melvern McRoberts to continue playing sports, like kayaking and bowling, and to keep his energy up.
- Movement and Stretching to Manage Spasticity
Stretching muscles forces them to loosen up. And exercise strengthens them. Here’s why that’s especially important with spasticity.
- Treatment Options for Spasticity
Treating spasticity uses similar approaches, no matter the disease that’s causing rigid muscles. From pills to surgeries, what are the different options available?
- Helping Mobility With Spasticity
These six things can loosen stiff muscles and help with fluid movement.
- Best Foods for Your Brain
Which foods can help your brain function at its highest potential?
- Eating With Myasthenia Gravis
While myasthenia gravis often shows itself in difficulty swallowing or chewing fatigue, there are steps that can be taken to help ensure you’re getting the nutrients you need.
- Danielle Rhodes: Living With Myasthenia Gravis
Watch Danielle Rhodes’s journey with myasthenia gravis and how she’s not letting her condition slow her down.
- Myasthenia Gravis Treatment
Myasthenia gravis offers numerous options for treatment, available for all ages. Learn more about what could be done for you.
- The Emotional Toll of MG
Treatment for myasthenia gravis should not affect the impact of your other medications for things like depression or anxiety. Learn what your doctor can do to ensure you are in the best mental state to improve.
- Treatments for Spinal Muscular Atrophy
An expert outlines two new, approved treatments that can slow down the progression of this neuromuscular disease.
- Types of SMA
An expert breaks down four types of SMA and the characteristics of each one.
- Complications From SMA
An expert describes the types of complications she commonly sees as a result of progressive muscle weakness.
- Inside a Brain Aneurysm
An aneurysm happens when the wall of a blood vessel becomes too thin and bulges out -- sometimes so much it bursts -- causing permanent brain damage.
- Innovative Device Helps Paralyzed Men Walk Again
An experimental treatment has helped three paralyzed men walk again through its ability to stimulate the spinal cord.
- Early Signs of Huntington’s Disease
Early stages of this disease can be subtle, but signs may grow more noticeable over time.
- How Scary Movies Affect Your Body
Love a good scare? Take a peek at what happens inside your body when a horror flick startles you.
- Coma Causes, Treatments, Recovery
Someone in a coma will be completely unresponsive and unconscious. How long can someone be in a coma and what are the chances of recovery?
- Hepatic Encephalopathy Symptoms
Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is when toxins begin to build up in the brain and often happens with advanced liver disease. Learn what mental and physical symptoms appear and what treatment your doctor may suggest.
- Anosmia Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment
We rely on our sense of smell every day. Anosmia is usually a temporary nuisance, but sometimes it can point to a more serious problem.
- Foot Drop: Symptoms, Causes, Treatments
Foot drop, sometimes called "drop foot," happens when you can’t lift the front part of the foot. It’s often brought on by brain or spinal injuries, and treatment depends on the cause.
- What Is White Matter Disease?
White matter disease damages tissue in your brain. Who is it more likely to affect, and what can be done to prevent it?
- I'm Paralyzed: This Is The Truth About My Life
Laura Beck shares her experience living with and overcoming limited mobility and pain after a car accident left her paralyzed from the waist down.
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, gradually destroys the body’s ability to move and speak. Get to know what areas it affects and life expectancy after diagnosis.
- This Robo-Arm Translates Sign Language
Aslan is a 3-D printed robotic arm that’s able to create letters in sign language. This innovation may one day close the gap between the hearing and deaf communities.
What is vertigo and what are the symptoms?
- The Basics: Vertigo
Feel like you’re spinning? You might have vertigo. What’s to blame for your dizziness?
- Powassan Virus
The Powassan virus is spread by ticks. Could it be worse than Lyme disease?