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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#IceBucketChallenge Dr. Toby Cosgrove

Cold facts: ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge

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.

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Immune Cells Help Protect Brain Cells after Traumatic Injury

Tags: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer’s disease, brain health, brain injury, chronic disease, MS, multiple sclerosis, neurology

New research shows a type of cell widely believed to make chronic adult brain diseases worse can protect the brain from traumatic brain injury and may slow neurodegenerative diseases.

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Drug Shows Promise in Slowing Effects of Alzheimer’s

Tags: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, memory, treatment

One of the most distressing aspects of Alzheimer’s disease is that there is no cure. But a new drug is showing promise as an effective treatment that slows down the disease’s debilitating effects.

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Protecting Athletes from Concussion an Ethical Obligation

Tags: brain health, concussion, Concussions, head injury sports injury, sports injuries

Doctors have an ethical obligation to educate and protect athletes from sports concussion, says a new position paper from the American Academy of Neurology.

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Try These Natural Tricks to Fall Asleep More Easily

Tags: acupuncture, Epworth Sleepiness Scale, Insomnia, integrative medicine, melatonin, sleep, sleep apnea, sleep disorders, yoga

There's good news for people who need more restful sleep: a wide range of complementary medicine options -- non-invasive and non-habit forming -- that can be used in addition to standard treatment for insomnia.