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Find tips for daily living with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, treatments such as deep brain stimulation, and the latest breakthroughs in treating epilepsy, brain tumors and more from our Neurological Institute.

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You Can Lose Weight and Keep It Off With ‘Mindful Eating’

Tags: healthy diet, mental health, weight loss

Current studies show that mindful eating helps you manage weight and diabetes, reduce BMI and cope with emotional stress, so check out these great tips.


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If You Have Sleep Apnea, Your Memory May Decline Earlier in Life

Tags: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer’s disease, memory, memory loss, sleep, sleep apnea, sleep disorders, study

Sleep apnea — a sleep disorder in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep — may be doing more than affecting the quality of your sleep and making you tired. A recent study finds a link between abnormal breathing patterns during sleep – like heavy snoring and apnea – and cognitive decline at an earlier


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Do You Have a Stiff Neck? Try These Simple Remedies

Tags: chronic pain, electronics, ibuprofen, inflammation, neck pain, sleep, stretching

With so many of us gazing into computers or staring down at our smart phones most of the day, it’s no wonder nearly 20 percent of us have experienced neck pain within the past three months.


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5 Signs that You May Have Insomnia

Tags: depression, insomnia, memory, memory loss, sleep, sleep disorders, sleep testing

Everyone experiences trouble falling or staying asleep at some point in their lives. However, if your sleep problems last more than three months and are disrupting your daily activities, chances are you have insomnia,


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Scheduled for Surgery? Here’s Why You Need Sleep Apnea Screening

Tags: continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), CPAP, diabetes, heart attack, high blood pressure, sleep, sleep apnea, stroke, surgery, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes

People who have sleep apnea are at risk for serious medical problems if they are not diagnosed before surgery. Get the facts from a sleep disorder specialist.


Your Food Choices May Be Affecting Your Thinking Skills

How Bad Food Choices May Affect Your Memory

Tags: cognitive impairment, diet, Mediterranean diet, memory, study

A new study shows the quality of your diet may influence your risk of cognitive decline, including memory and thinking skills.


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3 Brain Injury Terms Defined: What They Mean for Loved Ones

Tags: brain cancer, brain injury, traumatic brain injury TBI

After a severe brain injury, many patients become brain dead or end up in a persistent vegetative state. A neurologist discusses what those terms mean for recovery.


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Can Photos of Your Brain Detect Alzheimer’s?

Tags: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer’s disease, brain health, innovation, innovations, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), memory, memory loss, MRI, study

New study finds that pictures of the brain may provide clues to development of Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms start.


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Is Surgery Your Best Option for Back Pain?

Tags: back pain, back surgery, chronic back pain, physical therapy, spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis is common cause of back pain in people over 50 and is often treated with surgery. A new study shows that physical therapy may be just as effective at relieving symptoms and returning function.


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Avoid 8 Common Triggers to Make Your Life With MS Easier

Tags: Crohn's disease, MS, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, smoking, stress, urinary tract infection

To help reduce your multiple sclerosis flare-ups, avoid certain triggers, including smoking, excessive heat and fatigue. Read the full list and find out why they can worsen MS.