Articles by Jamie Talan

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 Heart Is a Muscle: Why the Gimbel brothers aren't waiting around for a muscular dystrophy cure.

Talan, Jamie

Neurology Now. 7(4):32,34, August-September 2011.

The Gimbel brothers haven't let Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal genetic disease, cause them to lose heart.

Muscular Dystrophy Treatments

Talan, Jamie

Neurology Now. 7(4):39, August-September 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 CEO of ALS Research


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.

NEW FRONTIERS: Oral Drugs for MS


Neurology Now. 6(3):35-36, May-June 2010.

Oral medications are becoming available for multiple sclerosis. But is it time to put the needles aside?

Your Brain on Ice


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


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?

On the Front Lines


Neurology Now. 4(2):33-34, March-April 2008.

The army's success in treating injuries in Iraq has led civilian doctors to adopt these new pain-management strategies.