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Once Bitten: How West Nile virus invades the brain—and what you can do to protect yourself.

Paturel, Amy

Neurology Now . 10(4):32-37, August/September 2014.

Since West Nile virus (WNV) surfaced in New York in 1999, thousands of Americans have become infected from a simple mosquito bite. Around 20 percent of infected people develop fever, headaches, body aches, joint pains, and fatigue. For 1 percent of people, WNV infects the brain and spinal cord, causing serious symptoms. But prevention can keep mosquitoes at bay.

Game Theory: How do video games affect the developing brains of children and teens?

Paturel, Amy

Neurology Now . 10(3):32-36, June/July 2014.

How do video games affect the developing brain? Researchers and gamers discuss the addictive qualities of video games and how they may alter the structure of young brains—often, for worse. Neurologists also provide tips and warning signs for parents to reduce their child's risk for video game addiction.

The Test of a Lifetime: Screening for rare disorders can save lives.

Paturel, Amy

Neurology Now . 9(5):23-27, October/November 2013.

For babies with one of the rare genetic disorders called lysosomal storage diseases—such as Krabbe or Pompe disease—early diagnosis and treatment are critical. Many infants with these diseases die before their second birthday. But the trajectory of these young lives could be dramatically different with a $1 test performed at birth.

Living With Pain

Paturel, Amy

Neurology Now . 9(2):26-30, April-May 2013.

People with neurologic disorders often experience daily, unremitting pain. In fact, as many as 50 percent have considered suicide as an escape. But with appropriate treatment, patients are able to rediscover hope. Here, we profile two individuals who overcame suicidal thoughts and learned to live with their chronic pain.

The Brain Needs Blood: Vascular cognitive impairment, one of the most common forms of dementia, may be preventable.

Paturel, Amy

Neurology Now . 9(1):27-30, February-March 2013.

Often mistaken for Alzheimer's disease, vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) is one of the most common forms of cognitive impairment and dementia. The good news? VCI may be preventable. Learn how VCI is diagnosed and treated, what research is in the works, and how VCI might be prevented.

Too Rare for Research? People with rare diseases often experience significant delays in diagnosis and access to few, if any, treatment options.

Paturel, Amy

Neurology Now . 8(2):29-33, April/May 2012.

An estimated 6,000 to 7,000 rare diseases—many of them neurologic—collectively impact nearly 25 million Americans. People with rare diseases often face greater difficulties than people with common diseases in locating experts, receiving an accurate diagnosis, and finding treatment options. Here, we explore the ways that people with rare diseases are pushing for more research and better treatments.

Buzz Kill: How does alcohol affect the teenage brain?

Paturel, Amy

Neurology Now . 7(6):23-24,26-28, December/January 2011.

What does alcohol do to the teenage brain? Here, Neurology Now examines why the young brain is more susceptible to damage from substance abuse and what the short- and long-term effects of excessive alcohol use may be. Toren Volkmann, a co-author of From Binge to Blackout: A Mother and Son Struggle with Drinking, offers his own cautionary tale of teenage drinking and recovery.

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex: New therapies show promise in treating this neurologic condition, but their long‐term side effects are unknown.

Paturel, Amy

Neurology Now . 7(3):27-34, June/July 2011.

Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) can be difficult to diagnose. What's more, this rare neurologic disorder almost always involves treatment-resistant epilepsy and cognitive impairment or autism. But new therapies and treatments are giving hope to the million individuals—and their families—affected worldwide.

Going Mobile: Smartphones and other mobile devices can provide real‐time information and assistance for people with neurologic problems

Paturel, Amy

Neurology Now . 7(2):23-26, April/May 2011.

People with epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, seizures from tuberous sclerosis, and other neurologic diseases are using cell phones with Web access to upload information on symptoms to their doctors in real time. Mobile devices can even serve as prosthetics for cognitive impairments and help researchers carry out clinical trials. Will digital devices revolutionize the doctor-patient relationship?

Mind Games: Computerized cognitive exercise is big business. But do the industry's claims stand up?

Paturel, Amy

Neurology Now . 6(4):26-27,32-34, July/August 2010.

With the first wave of baby boomers now past 60, scientists (and manufacturers) are working around the clock to come up with computerized programs to help keep the brain in shape. The brain games business is booming, but do the industry's claims stand up? And what do neurologists recommend for improving cognitive fitness?

Walk This Way


Neurology Now . 6(3):23-27, May/June 2010.

Problems with gait (how a person walks) are pervasive across neurologic disease. While the area of the brain that's affected may differ depending on whether a person has Parkinson's disease, stroke, or multiple sclerosis, the end result is the same: a loss of mobility and independence. But treadmill training can get you moving again.

Boning Up On Multiple Sclerosis

Paturel, Amy

Neurology Now . 6(1):26-30, January/February 2010.

Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS)—and even some neurologists—are unaware that the disease can put people at increased risk of bone loss. Steroid treatments, vitamin D deficiency, and inactivity due to impaired mobility may all contribute to bone loss in people with MS. Here's what you can do to protect your bones and stay strong.

Your Heart, Your Belly and Alzheimer's: People with so‐called “metabolic syndrome” may be at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Here's what you should...


Neurology Now . 5(4):18-19,23-25, July/August 2009.

People with “metabolic syndrome”—obesity, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and diabetes—may be at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's and dementia. Controlling these risk factors might help prevent or slow disease progression—but the time to act is now.

Hitting the Mattress with MS


Neurology Now . 5(1):24-28, January/February 2009.

Many patients with multiple sclerosis also experience sleep disorders, including sleep-related movement disorder, obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep behavioral disorder, and narcolepsy. Sometimes MS is the cause of sleep disorders and sometimes it is a co-existing condition. Here's what you need to know about treatment.

Brain Food


Neurology Now . 4(2):18-19,23-25, March/April 2008.

A number of recent studies have suggested that following a Mediterranean-style diet can lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation in the body, and protect against conditions such as stroke, Alzheimer's disease, and dementia. Learn the basics of eating Mediterranean and try our delicious recipe for Sicilian-style tuna. For more brainfriendly recipes, go to neurologynow.com.

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