Brain & Spine Team

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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Use Portable Test to Diagnose Your Sleep Apnea at Home

Tags: sleep, sleep apnea, sleep disorders, sleep testing, study

New guidelines from the American College of Physicians recommend a home-based test for obstructive sleep apnea in average people suffering from unexplained daytime sleepiness.


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Radiating Pain in Your Leg? Best to See Your Doctor

Tags: exercise therapy, herniated disc, leg pain, physical therapy, radiculopathy, spine

Sharp pains radiating down your leg could signal a damaged nerve or herniated disc, so learn what the different levels of back pain might represent.


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Have You Ever Been Sleep Drunk? New Study Finds It’s Quite Common

Tags: mental health, sleep, sleep apnea, sleep disorders

If you’ve ever been so startled by your alarm clock that you reach for the phone instead of the snooze, you’re in good company.


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Are You Tweeting Away Your Relationships?

Tags: addiction, psychologist, psychology, social media, Twitter

If you use the microblogging platform Twitter a lot, your real-life connections might be in danger. A new study says that too much tweeting can damage your intimate relationships.


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10 Facts You Need to Know About ALS (Video)

Tags: ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, brain health, Lou Gehrig’s disease, spinal cord

The Ice Bucket Challenge has thousands of people dousing themselves with freezing water to raise awareness of ALS. Get 10 facts about the deadly disease.


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Study: Sleep Apnea Can Make Your Hypertension Harder to Treat

Tags: blood pressure, hypertension, news, sleep, sleep apnea

Some patients with severe untreated obstructive sleep apnea are unable to control their hypertension despite use of multiple meds, a study finds.


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Free App Helps You Better Manage Your Epilepsy

Tags: epilepsy, seizures

Patients with epilepsy can now address questions and concerns with a free iPad app. The interactive tool helps manage the condition between doctor visits.


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How Deep Brain Stimulation Can Restore Your Steady Hands

Tags: Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), dystonia, epilepsy, essential tremor, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, Parkinson's Disease

In deep brain stimulation, a small hole is made in the skull. A neurosurgeon uses computerized mapping and recording to implant an electrode in the precise part of the brain that is misfiring and causing the tremor.


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5 Things You Need to Know About Multiple Sclerosis

Tags: immune disorder, MS, multiple sclerosis

MS is a serious, long-term illness that can happen to just about anyone. Symptoms vary from person to person, but they can be well-managed. Here's five things you need to know about MS.


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Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer’s Disease

Tags: #onememory, Alzheimer's, Alzheimer’s disease, brain, brain health, memory, memory loss

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is giving up control of his NFL team because of his Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive, fatal disease of the brain that destroys memory and thinking skills and impairs basic daily functions.