Beat the Heat
For people with neurologic conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS), epilepsy, migraine, and spinal cord injuries, the dog days of summer can be especially brutal. Even mild spikes in temperature can trigger a seizure or migraine or cause overheating. Fortunately, the heat does not cause further neurologic damage, but it can be uncomfortable. Gil Greenman says the best defense is to be prepared. An attorney in Seattle who has MS, Greenman is never without his cooling kit, which includes a cooler filled with ice packs, wet bandanas, and cold towels. For more advice from him and other experts visit bit.ly/NN-Heat.
For Neurology Now's 10th anniversary last year, we asked 10 people who have been with the magazine for 10 years to share their stories. What we learned is that living with a chronic condition requires resilience, persistence, and compassion, which these 10 readers had in spades. We hope you find their journeys as inspiring and encouraging as we did. To read their stories, click here.
Muhammad Ali's Legacy
The former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali died on June 3, 2016 after living more than 30 years with Parkinson's disease. In his efforts to find a cure and raise awareness, Ali was as charismatic and courageous outside the ring as he had been in the ring. His contributions to the cause include a more aware public and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at the Barrow Neurologic Institute. We featured Ali on our cover in the March/April 2006 issue and wrote about him again in Waiting Room in the November/December 2006 issue. View our archives here.
Staring Down Stigma
The stigma of a neurologic disorder can be stressful, and make symptoms worse. One woman says the tics she exhibits because of her Tourette syndrome draw stares and rude comments. Over the years, she's developed a thick skin and tries to educate others whenever she can. Parkinson's disease is another condition with symptoms that can be misinterpreted. Tremors can be misread as anxiety or nervousness, an unsteady gait can mistakenly convey intoxication, and slurred speech may falsely suggest intellectual disability. To learn how patients manage strangers' curiosity or discomfort, read here.
Help for Headaches
A migraine is no ordinary headache and it requires more than just an aspirin. Specialists say getting an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment, including prescription medication and adopting healthier habits, can be life-changers. In our article on the topic, experts explain the importance of adequate sleep, good hydration, keeping a food diary, regular exercise, and identifying and avoiding triggers, when possible.