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Good Night, and Good Luck

For more information on sleep and insomnia, check out these resources:

American Board of Sleep Medicine Go here for a list of certified behavioral sleep medicine specialists.

American Academy of Sleep Medicine The Web site of this professional organization includes information for patients, a list of sleep centers, and more.

National Sleep Foundation This site provides a comprehensive look at sleep and sleep disorders.

Neurology Now

For articles that we have published on this topic, go to our Web site and search for “sleep” and “insomnia.”

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What Does Neuropathy Mean to You?

Upwards of 20 million have some form of peripheral neuropathy, but many people know very little about this pervasive disease. Everyone in the neuropathy community—patients, family members, friends, health care providers, professionals—must vocalize the impact of this underappreciated and often misunderstood illness.

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In observance of National Neuropathy Week, which takes place on May 17–21, 2010, the Neuropathy Association asked various community members to describe what neuropathy means to them:

OLIVIA WOLF (patient): “It took me a few years, but getting to the right diagnosis, finding a team of health care providers who specialized in neuropathy and my co-existing ailments, and speaking up about my neuropathy symptoms has helped me get back my life.”

THOMAS H. BRANNAGAN, III, M.D., (associate professor of clinical neurology and director, Neuropathy Association's Center of Excellence at Columbia University Medical Center): “The burden of neuropathy on the patients and their lives is immeasurable, and the treatment options few. I primarily see people with neuropathy and, like many of my peers, continuously look for ways to give them a chance to take back control of their lives by effectively managing their symptoms.”

DENNIS PAUL, PH.D. (researcher, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center): “My colleagues often ask me why I study the pain associated with neuropathy. If you've ever known someone who has constant, debilitating pain, you wouldn't have to ask that question.”

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American Academy of Neurology Foundation 1-800-879-1960

AAN Website (For doctors and patients)

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Well Spouse Association 1-800-838-0879

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Alzheimer's Association 1-800-272-3900

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center 1-800-438-4380

Alzheimer's Foundation of America 1-866-232-8484

Association for Frontotemporal Dementias 1-866-507-7222

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Autism Society of America 1-800-3AUTISM (1-800-328-8476)

Autism Speaks, Inc. 212-252-8584

Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership 1-888-474-7277

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American Brain Tumor Association 1-800-886-2282

National Brain Tumor Society 1-800-934-2873

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United Cerebral Palsy 1-800-872-5827

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Dystonia Foundation 1-800-377-DYST (1-800-377-3978)

Spasmodic Torticollis 1-888-445-4588

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Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) 312-255-1801

Epilepsy Foundation 1-800-332-1000

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National Headache Foundation 1-888-NHF-5552 (1-888-643-5552)

Migraine Research Foundation 212-249-5402

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Hereditary Disease Foundation 212-928-2121

Huntington's Disease Society of America 1-800-345-HDSA (1-800-345-4372)

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Hydrocephalus Association; 1-888-598-3789

National Hydrocephalus Foundation 1-888-857-3434

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MSFriends 1-877-MSFRIENDS


Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, 1-800-532-7667

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation 1-800-225-6495

National Multiple Sclerosis Society 1-800-FIGHT-MS (1-800-344-4867)

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Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America; 1-800-541-5454

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ALS Association 1-800-782-4747

Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association 610-499-92641-800-606-CMTA (2682)

Kennedy's Disease Association 559-658-5950

Moebius Syndrome Foundation 1-660-834-3406

Muscular Dystrophy Association 1-800-FIGHT-MD (1-800-344-4863)

Neuropathy Association; 212-692-0662

Spastic Paraplegia Foundation, Inc.; 1-877-773-4483

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American Pain Foundation 1-888-615-PAIN (1-888-615-7246)

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American Parkinson Disease Association 1-800-223-2732

International Essential Tremor Foundation 1-888-387-3667

Lewy Body Dementia Association

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research; 1-800-708-7644

National Ataxia Foundation; 763-553-0020

National Parkinson Foundation; 1-800-327-4545

Parkinson's Disease Foundation 1-800-457-6676

Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy 1-800-457-4777

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National Sleep Foundation 202-347-3471

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American Stroke Association 1-888-4-STROKE (1-888-478-7653)

National Stroke Association 1-800-787-6537

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Tourette Syndrome Association 718-224-2999

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Brain Injury Association of America 1-800-444-6443

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Books About the Neuroscience of Learning

How Your Child Learns Best: Brain-Based Ways to Ignite Learning and Increase School Success. Judy Willis, M.D., M.Ed. Foreword by Goldie Hawn (Sourcebooks, 2008).

In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind. Eric Kandel, M.D. (Norton, 2006).

Think Smart: A Neuroscientist's Prescription for Improving Your Brain's Performance. Richard Restak, M.D. (Riverhead, 2009).

Scientific Studies on the Neuroscience of Learning:

▸ O'Doherty, J. P. (2004, December). Reward representations and reward-related learning in the human brain: Insights from neuroimaging. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 14:769–776.

▸ Wang, J., Rao., Wetmore, G., Furlan, P., Korczykowski, M., Dinges, D., & Detre, J. (2005). Perfusion functional MRI reveals cerebral blood flow pattern under psychological stress. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 102(49): 17804–17809.

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