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‘Breaking Bad’ Myths About Cerebral Palsy

Actor RJ Mitte, formerly of the hit AMC drama “Breaking Bad” and currently on ABC’s “Switched at Birth,” discusses his life with cerebral palsy, battling childhood bullies, exceeding expectations as an actor with a physical disability, and managing his condition on and off-camera.

Is it MS, or Not? 

The term “clinically isolated syndrome” (CIS) refers to a person’s first episode of neurologic symptoms that lasts at least 24 hours and is caused by inflammation and demyelination in one or more sites in the central nervous system. But having CIS is not necessarily a prelude to developing multiple sclerosis. Our experts share the latest research on how they assess CIS, what they are learning from brain imaging, and the best therapies to address this condition.

Overcoming the Stigma of Neurologic Conditions

Whether the symptoms are visible, as in Parkinson’s disease or Tourette’s syndrome, or invisible, as in migraine or concussion, many people with neurologic conditions say they experience social slights and misperceptions surrounding their conditions. We share insights and advice on how to manage and overcome the stigma of neurologic disorders with friends and family, employers, and members of the community.

Living Well: Need a Dose of Reality? Tips to Mind Your Meds

Surveys show that 50 percent of patients either forget to take their medications, overuse them, or take them improperly. That’s no small issue, since medication misuse can lead to needless sickness, seizures, and other debilitating side effects—even death. But there are precautions you can take to ensure you’re using your prescription and over-the-counter medicines safely and effectively. Our experts offer tips to help you think outside the pillbox

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HELP FOR ALL NEUROLOGIC DISORDERS

American Academy of Neurology Web site
aan.com/patients
1-800-879-1960

CaringBridge® (free, personalized Web sites to support your health journey)
Caringbridge.org
651-452-7940

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
ninds.nih.gov

NINDS Clinical Trial Finder
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/
clinicaltrials_us.htm

Well Spouse Association
wellspouse.org
1-800-838-0879

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