Articles by Stephanie Stephens

Drink to your Health: A daily glass of wine or bottle of beer may protect against stroke, Parkinson's disease, and cognitive decline, research suggests.

Stephens, Stephanie

Neurology Now. 12(1):19, February/March 2016.

Neurology News: A daily glass of red wine may promote brain health.

Turn Staring Into Caring: The stigma of a neurologic disorder can be stressful—and can make symptoms worse. Patients and doctors teach us how to turn negative reactions into positive encounters.

Stephens, Stephanie

Neurology Now. 11(1):34-38, February/March 2015.

Patients share their strategies for overcoming the stigma associated with a neurologic disorder.

Child's Play: A six-year-old with hereditary spastic paraplegia keeps moving forward.

Stephens, Stephanie

Neurology Now. 10(6):36-39, December/January 2014.

Brianna Bernard has hereditary spastic paraplegia, a rare disease that causes weakness and stiffness in the muscles of the lower extremities. But the energetic six-year-old isn't letting the condition slow her down.

Much More Than a Pain in the Neck

Stephens, Stephanie

Neurology Now. 9(4):27-30, August/September 2013.

Most people have heard of Parkinson's disease, and many have also heard of essential tremor. But dystonia—the third most common movement disorder—remains relatively unknown. Experts say it is underdiagnosed and often misdiagnosed. Here, we explain what dystonia is, describe the symptoms, and provide information on the latest treatments and research.

The Science of Survival: No magic bullet exists to cure the brain tumors known as gliomas, but scientists continue to advance diagnosis and treatment.

Stephens, Stephanie

Neurology Now. 7(4):25-28,30, August-September 2011.

A diagnosis of malignant brain tumor can be terrifying—neither surgery, radiation, nor chemotherapy can completely eliminate this kind of tumor. But ongoing research continues to advance diagnosis and treatment for brain-tumor patients.

Brain Tumor Resources

Stephens, Stephanie

Neurology Now. 7(4):36, 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.

Essential Facts about Essential Tremor: This “quiet” disease, which affects 10 million Americans, is anything but benign.


Neurology Now. 7(1):21-23,27, February-March 2011.

Stephen remillard is one of 10 million Americans with essential tremor. “unless people are diagnosed we can't help them,” says Catherine rice of the International essential Tremor foundation. “You may lull yourself into thinking, ‘It isn't life-threatening,’ but I know 10 more people who can't write, feed, bathe, or dress themselves.”

Who's There?: When stroke or Alzheimer's changes a person's behavior, caregiving can become extreme. Here, experienced caregivers, patients, and experts share their stories and advice.


Neurology Now. 5(4):26-29, July-August 2009.

When stroke or Alzheimer's changes a person's behavior, caregiving can become extreme. Who is this person you've known all your life? And how do you handle the agitation, increased aggression, paranoia, and even psychosis that can accompany a neurological condition like dementia? Read on for practical tips from experts, caregivers, and the cared-for.