October-november 2012 - Volume 8 - Issue 5
pp: 6-40

From the Editor

The Waiting Room

Neurobics: Total Perfection

Scott, Kim

Neurology Now. 8(5):13, October-november 2012.

Neurobics: The latest brain teaser from puzzlemaster Scott Kim, Ph.D., co author, with neuroscientist Richard Restak, M.D., of The Playful Brain.

Destinations: Morgan's Wonderland, San Antonio's accessible amusement park

Twardowski, Barbara; Twardowski, Jim

Neurology Now. 8(5):14, October-november 2012.

Destinations: Morgan's Wonderland, an amusement park in Texas that is accessible for all.

Penny Wise

Clinical Trial Watch

Searching for the Early Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

Valeo, Tom

Neurology Now. 8(5):34-35, October-november 2012.

The Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative could be a landmark study—if enough people volunteer.

Resource Central

Speak Up

Is Silence Really Golden?: Confronting the unspoken truth of my father's Parkinson's disease.

Valles, Jennie

Neurology Now. 8(5):40, October-november 2012.

Neurologist Jennie Valles learned an important lesson from her father's silence about his diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

Josh Blue

Serious Laughs: Comedian Josh Blue gets serious—well, sort of—about his cerebral palsy.

Rukovets, Olga

Neurology Now. 8(5):15-19, October-november 2012.

Comedian and Paralympian Josh Blue made headlines when he won NBC's Last Comic Standing in 2006, and he has continued to charm audiences in the years since. Blue, who has cerebral palsy, does not shy away from his disability. “Adversity is adversity,” he says, “it's just how you figure out how to deal with it.”

Brain Donation

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.

Brain Tumor

Navigating Life with a Brain Tumor: Behind the scenes of the American Academy of Neurology's new book for patients and caregivers.

Farley, Todd

Neurology Now. 8(5):28-31, October-november 2012.

If you've been diagnosed with a brain tumor, what comes next? Navigating Life with a Brain Tumor, a new book for patients and caregivers, offers answers to the difficult questions that may arise. “Patients want to be able to feel not only like they understand everything, but also that they can contribute to what's going on. This book is another tool to make this transition,” says coauthor Alyx Porter, M.D.