October/November 2013 - Volume 9 - Issue 5
pp: 6-38

From the Editor


Letters


The Waiting Room


Your Questions Answered


Resource Central


Speak Up



Valerie Harper


Carpe Diem: Actress Valerie Harper on living with brain cancer

Gora, Susannah

Neurology Now . 9(5):19-22, October/November 2013.

Emmy-award winning actress Valerie Harper is fighting a rare form of brain cancer—while continuing to work, enjoying time with her family, and appreciating the joy in each day. Although there is no cure for her cancer, Harper has responded well to treatment—and her positive attitude knows no bounds. “I have to walk slower,” she says, “but after [this interview], I'm going to get out there and take a walk and breathe the beautiful air. It's a pretty day here. Seize the day!”

Newborn Screening


The Test of a Lifetime: Screening for rare disorders can save lives.

Paturel, Amy

Neurology Now . 9(5):23-27, October/November 2013.

For babies with one of the rare genetic disorders called lysosomal storage diseases—such as Krabbe or Pompe disease—early diagnosis and treatment are critical. Many infants with these diseases die before their second birthday. But the trajectory of these young lives could be dramatically different with a $1 test performed at birth.

Brain Imaging


Picture the Brain: New brain-imaging techniques provide better ways to diagnose and treat neurologic conditions.

Valeo, Tom

Neurology Now . 9(5):28-30, October/November 2013.

Until the last couple of decades, neurologists could only observe the consequences of Alzheimer's disease (AD)—and then examine the brain at autopsy. Today, a variety of brain-imaging techniques are providing neurologists with vivid pictures of the brain at work. In turn, these images are opening up new ways to diagnose and treat AD and many other neurologic conditions.