October/November 2011 - Volume 7 - Issue 5
pp: 2-80

From the Editor


Letters


The Waiting Room


Neurobics: Dot Matrix, a brain teaser that tests your number and spatial thinking.

Kim, Scott

Neurology Now. 7(5):19, October/November 2011.

Neurobics: The latest puzzle from Scott Kim, Ph.D., coauthor, with neuroscientist Richard Restak, M.D., of The Playful Brain.

Living Well


University of Google: How to find trustworthy medical information online.

Valeo, Tom

Neurology Now. 7(5):64-65, October/November 2011.

Answers to readers' questions about plasmapheresis for myasthenia gravis, Moyamoya disease, and the effects of radiation on the brain and spinal cord.

Your Questions Answered


Ask the Experts: Is plasmapheresis an effective treatment for myasthenia gravis?

Rowin, Julie

Neurology Now. 7(5):66, October/November 2011.

Answers to readers' questions about plasmapheresis for myasthenia gravis, Moyamoya disease, and the effects of radiation on the brain and spinal cord.

Ask the Experts: What treatments are available for Moyamoya disease?

Zuccarello, Mario

Neurology Now. 7(5):68, October/November 2011.

Answers to readers' questions about plasmapheresis for myasthenia gravis, Moyamoya disease, and the effects of radiation on the brain and spinal cord.

Ask the Experts: What are the effects of radiation therapy on the brain and spine?

Avitzur, Orly; Taylor, Lynne P.

Neurology Now. 7(5):68, October/November 2011.

Answers to readers' questions about plasmapheresis for myasthenia gravis, Moyamoya disease, and the effects of radiation on the brain and spinal cord.

Clinical Trial Watch


Choosing to Enroll, or Not: Weighing the costs and benefits of joining an experimental drug trial.

Valeo, Tom

Neurology Now. 7(5):69-70,72, October/November 2011.

When two of their daughters were diagnosed with the rare, life-threatening condition called Batten disease, Kathy and Joe Allio had to weigh the pros and cons of joining an experimental trial.

Photo Essay


Resource Central


A Pocket Guide for the Alzheimer's Caregiver

Neurology Now. 7(5):76, October/November 2011.

Where to go for more information on the topics discussed in this issue of Neurology Now and for a directory of patient advocacy organizations.

The Signs of Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack

Neurology Now. 7(5):79, October/November 2011.

Where to go for more information on the topics discussed in this issue of Neurology Now and for a directory of patient advocacy organizations.

Speak Up


Attitude Determines Altitude: Amytrophic lateral sclerosis can't take away my father's spirit.

Shanton, Steve

Neurology Now. 7(5):80, October/November 2011.

Steve Shanton turned to advocacy after his father was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).


Hidden Hercules: Actor Kevin Sorbo reveals his secret battle with stroke.

Childers, Linda

Neurology Now. 7(5):26-28,30-31, October/November 2011.

Kevin Sorbo is best known for his television portrayal of Hercules, a muscle-bound hero who battles the forces of evil. Unbeknownst to his fans, Sorbo was also waging a secret battle—on and off the set—after a series of strokes left him partially blind and incapacitated at 38 years old. “I went through two years of hell before I began to feel like myself again,” Sorbo says. now, the actor has discovered a different kind of strength.

Advocacy


Join the Cause: How to become an advocate for yourself and others.

Wolf, Catherine G.

Neurology Now. 7(5):32-36, October/November 2011.

Being diagnosed with a neurologic disorder sometimes causes people to withdraw from the world, but the men and women we profile here have learned to use their illness as a call to action. How? By becoming patient- and caregiver-advocates. Cathy Wolf speaks from personal experience about how and why she took the big step—from ALS patient to advocate—and offers advice for advocates-in-training.

Fragile X


Fragile X Syndrome: Research into Fragile X Syndrome, a common cause of inherited intellectual disability, is starting to generate treatments.

Gordon, Debra

Neurology Now. 7(5):37,45-49, October/November 2011.

Fragile X syndrome is the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability in boys, and the condition affects many girls as well. Now, a slew of new treatments are being tested in clinical trials. one day, some of them may help reverse the cognitive and developmental effects of this genetic disease.

Allen Rucker


Sitting Tall: In spite of transverse myelitis, Hollywood Writer Allen Rucker has the best seat in the house.

Dale, Alison

Neurology Now. 7(5):50,53-55, October/November 2011.

Allen rucker was diagnosed with transverse myelitis 15 years ago. But despite permanent paralysis, the irreverent Hollywood writer has been anything but stationary. Rucker's most recent books—The Best Seat in the House and The Cripple Chronicles—describe his life on wheels with wit and wisdom.

Saving Money


Get Well, Spend Less: How to save money on treatment costs through patient assistance programs.

Samson, Kurt

Neurology Now. 7(5):59-63, October/November 2011.

Along with the emotional and physical costs of being diagnosed with a neurologic disorder come the tangible costs of treatment. Read here to discover the many organizations, foundations, pharmaceutical companies, and social media sites that can help you save money while receiving top-notch health care.

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