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Stronger After Stroke: Fifty years ago, doctors and researchers thought recovery from stroke was limited. Today, they know that survivors have a lot more control over their own...

Shaw, Gina

Neurology Now . 12(5):32-37, October/November 2016.

Fifty years ago, doctors and researchers thought recovery from stroke was limited. Today, they know that survivors have a lot more control over their own recovery. Here's how to ensure the best possible outcome.

Out of Isolation: When actress Madeleine Stowe's father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the 1960s, the family had few options and little support. Today, Stowe is offering ...

Shaw, Gina

Neurology Now . 11(4):24-27, August/September 2015.

Actress Madeleine Stowe opens up about her father's experience with multiple sclerosis (MS) and how her family managed—and encourages others with MS to reach out and support each other.

Tracking Traumatic Brain Injury: What new biomarkers may reveal about concussion over the short and long term.

Shaw, Gina

Neurology Now . 10(3):24-31, June/July 2014.

What do new biomarkers reveal about the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussion? In this article, we explain the imaging technology currently available to diagnose TBI—as well as the ongoing research on risk factors, and the short- and long-term consequences of brain injuries.

A Mother's Love

Shaw, Gina

Neurology Now . 10(1):28-32, February/March 2014.

Tracy Dixon-Salazar was a stay-at-home mom until her toddler, Savannah, started experiencing uncontrolled and frequent seizures, which turned out to be symptoms of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. In search of treatment, Dixon-Salazar set out on a journey that took her from junior college to a Ph.D. in neuroscience. As a genetic researcher, Dr. Dixon-Salazar has found a way to reduce Savannah's seizures dramatically.

You've Survived a TBI, but Will Your Marriage?

Shaw, Gina

Neurology Now . 9(6):20-23, December/January 2013.

Medicine has made great strides in prolonging the life expectancy of people with traumatic brain injury (TBI). “Where we haven't come a long way is on psychological recovery and sustaining relationships,” says Jeffrey Kreutzer, Ph.D. Here, couples discuss recovery after severe TBI.

When the Nose Doesn't Know


Neurology Now . 6(5):22-23,27-29, September/October 2010.

When the Nose Doesn't Know: Once smell and taste are lost, their importance in everyday life—from detecting spoiled food, to warning of a fire, to enjoying a meal—becomes obvious. Here, a neurologist who shares his patients' loss of smell and taste offers advice on how best to cope with this underappreciated problem.

Making Sense of Brain Death


Neurology Now . 6(3):28-29,33-34, May/June 2010.

What exactly is “brain death?” The concept usually isn't explained very well by doctors or the media, leading to fear that people in comas will be declared dead prematurely. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here, we clear up confusion about what brain death is—and is not—and what its relationship is to organ donation.

Of Mice and Humans

Shaw, Gina

Neurology Now . 6(1):23-25, January/February 2010.

Animal research has been instrumental in developing treatments for multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, stroke, and other neurological disorders. But some animal rights organizations are pushing to have animals given the same legal standing as humans, which would effectively ban all animal research since animals cannot give “informed consent.”

Fibromyalgia: Is Fibromyalgia Real?


Neurology Now . 5(5):29-32, September/October 2009.

Fibromyalgia used to be a “wastebasket” diagnosis for patients with unexplained pain and fatigue. Today, more and more neurologists are acknowledging that fibromyalgia is a real disorder, and one that should be treated by neurologists who care for chronic pain—not only the rheumatologists who originally identified the condition some 100 years ago.

The Great Brain


Neurology Now . 5(2):14-17, March/April 2009.

Computer programmer, entrepreneur, Jimi Hendrix superfan, “venture philanthropist”—Paul Allen wears a lot of hats. He also founded the Allen Institute for Brain Science in 2003 to help find cures for neurological illnesses. This year the AAN is honoring Allen with their Public Leadership in Neurology award.

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