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Head Games

With soccer and football season in full swing, we take a look at youth concussion. Numerous studies point to the dangers of repeated head trauma for the developing brain. How can parents protect their kids without sidelining them? We examine the latest guidelines for safe play and ask sports neurologists for safety tips.

Talking Your Way Out

Ninety percent of Americans say that talking to ill or elderly family members about their end-of-life wishes is important, but just 27 percent have actually done it, according to a survey from The Conversation Project, a non-profit organization devoted to facilitating these conversations. To ensure you’re honoring your relatives’ wishes, we ask the experts how to get the dialogue started.

Out of Isolation

When actress Madeleine Stowe’s father was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis in the 1960s, there wasn’t much doctors could do for his unpredictable illness. Stowe talks about the life lessons she learned from a childhood spent caring for a disabled parent—and how she wants to help other families avoid the debilitating isolation her family endured. 

Moving On

When your role as a caregiver ends, either because you’ve hired in-home help or because you’ve moved your relative to an assisted living facility, it can be emotionally difficult to transition out of that role. We reach out to former caregivers and other experts to help you adjust.

Rethink Chronic Pain

About 100 million Americans experience chronic pain, and 5 to 8 million of them treat it with opioid painkillers. As the number of prescriptions rises, so does the death toll. These sobering statistics have prompted some experts to consider a new approach: helping people change their attitudes and expectations about pain relief. Find out how to change your mindset and relieve your pain—without relying on drugs.


Resource Central

American Academy of Neurology website

CaringBridge® (free, personalized Web sites to support your health journey)

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

NINDS Clinical Trial Finder

Well Spouse Association

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The Basics

Neurology Now Basics provide key information on individual neurologic conditions, including what causes each condition, how common it is, how it is diagnosed and treated, and what research is being conducted.

Orly Avitzur, MD, MBA, FAAN
New York Medical College

ISSN: 1553-3271

Online ISSN: 1553-328X

Frequency: 6 issues a year

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Latest Entry: 7/20/2015 Traumatic Brain Injury: Why Some Kids Take Longer to Recover

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Latest Entry: 7/7/2015 Concussion: Lab Meets Locker Room and Discovering Biomarkers

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Speak Up
The Speak Up blog features essays and poetry by people living with neurologic disorders and their caregivers. Readers can also find letters to the editor.

Latest Entry: 7/23/2015 Standing My Ground

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