Brain & Spine Team

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Why Do Some Boxers Develop Dementia and Some Don’t?

Tags: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer’s disease, brain fog, brain health, brain injury, dementia, depression, Parkinson's, Parkinson's Disease, traumatic brain injury TBI

The boxing community has known for decades that repeated blows to a fighter’s head can result in permanent brain damage. Now, a four-year-old study looking for answers as to why punch drunk happens is coming to Cleveland.


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Do You Have Sports-Related Back Pain? Know When to Call a Doctor

Tags: back pain, chronic back pain, exercise, joint pain, spine, sports injuries, strains and sprains, workout

Find out what you need to know about sports-related back and spine injuries. It's important to know when to treat these injuries on your own and when to seek help.


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How You Can Deal With Excessive Worry and Lower Dementia Risk

Tags: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, anxiety disorder, dementia

Women who chronically worry are twice as likely to develop dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s Disease, as they age. Learn how to minimize worrying in your daily life.


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Why You Should Limit Alcohol Before Bed for Better Sleep

Tags: alcohol, drinking, insomnia, sleep, sleep disorders, sleep hygeine, sleepwalking

Having a drink or taking a drug before bedtime can lead to sleep disturbances and other medical problems. Find out why and what to do if you need to take a prescription medication that is disturbing your sleep.


How to Discuss a Terminal Brain Tumor Diagnosis During the Holidays

How to Discuss a Terminal Brain Tumor Diagnosis During the Holidays

Tags: brain health, cancer, cancer diagnosis, diagnosis, holiday season, holidays

If someone you love is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor at the holidays, you can discuss it with them, but only if they are open to the conversation. Here are some tips to help you get a sense of what to say.


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Good News If You Have Multiple Sclerosis: Generic Medication

Tags: brain health, medications, MS, multiple sclerosis, treatments

For people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), medications that control symptoms are often costly. The good news is that as patents expire, it opens the possibility for generic versions to become available.


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How You Can Safely Use Sleeping Pills for Insomnia

Tags: depression, insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, sleep, sleep disorders, sleep hygeine, sleep testing, sleepwalking

Sleeping pills can help people with insomnia get a good night’s rest, but they need to be used correctly. Learn the safest ways to use them.


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How You Can Sleep Better If You Work the Night Shift

Tags: insomnia, sleep, sleep disorder, sleep hygeine

People who work non-traditional shifts have a tendency to suffer from shift work sleep disorder, but medical interventions and behavioral techniques can help.


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How to Take Care of Your Aching Back as You Age

Tags: back pain, chronic back pain, chronic pain, pain management

There’s no avoiding degenerative spine issues as you age, but they don’t have to cause symptoms, so learn what you can do to maintain spine health.


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5 Tips to Sleep Better — When You Worry About Not Sleeping

Tags: insomnia, sleep, sleep disorders, sleep testing

If you’re suffering from insomnia because you are anxious about getting good sleep or for other reasons, there are steps you can take to improve your sleep habits.