One Precious Gift: Families donate brains to answer their own questions—and those of science.

Talan, Jamie

Neurology Now . 8(5):24-27, October-november 2012.

Music professor and composer George Edwards was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia—until an autopsy revealed he had Alzheimer's disease. His family chose to donate his brain to science to help scientists better understand dementia. Here, other caregivers share their journeys with brain donation, and neurologists discuss why this gift is so priceless.

The CEO of ALS Research

TALAN, JAMIE

Neurology Now . 6(5):30,32-34, September/October 2010.

The CEO of ALS Research: Fitness mogul Augie Nieto is applying his passion and business acumen to the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which he was diagnosed with in 2004. His nonprofit group, Augie's Quest, has now raised more than $23 million-and every dime is applied to finding a cure for ALS.

Your Brain on Ice

TALAN, JAMIE

Neurology Now . 5(2):26-29, March/April 2009.

Cooling the body after cardiac arrest or stroke can save precious brain function. In Europe, cooling has become the standard of care for cardiac arrest. In the U.S., “It's a complete hit or miss,” says Stephan Mayer, M.D., who runs a cooling unit, “depending on where you live and where the ambulance takes you.” Here's what you should know about cooling's risks and benefits.

Risky Business

TALAN, JAMIE

Neurology Now . 4(6):18-22, November/December 2008.

Since the sequencing of the human genome was completed in 2003, researchers have found risk genes for numerous medical conditions. Now, there is a growing number of companies offering genetic tests directly to customers. But how valid and helpful are these test results for the average consumer?