Brain & Spine Team

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When Back Pain Means More Than a Back Problem

Tags: back pain, Be Well e-News, Great Pretenders Series, naf1, neuropathy, peripheral arterial disease, spinal stenosis

Don’t assume pain in the lower back, cramping in the legs and that “pins and needles” feeling are the result of a problem with your spine. Symptoms of artery disease, arthritis and neuropathy often masquerade as spinal pain.


Roller Coasters: How to Avoid Neck and Back Pain

Roller Coasters: How to Avoid Neck and Back Pain

Tags: back pain, joint pain, neck pain, spine, summer, summer safety

Roller coasters and other rides can lead to back and neck pain, especially for people with a history of disc problems, arthritis or muscle spasms. Planning ahead and caring for yourself afterward can minimize discomfort.


6 Ways to Maintain Your Brain Health (Infographic)

6 Ways to Maintain Your Brain Health (Infographic)

Tags: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer’s disease, brain health, dementia, Mediterranean diet, memory, mental health, sleep

You ask a lot of your brain. It thinks 70,000 thoughts each day. To help preserve this amazing organ's function, follow these 6 tips from our experts at Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.


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3 Ways You Can Refocus to Stay on Track at Work

Tags: mental health, psychology, stress, work, workplace health

The ability to maintain control of attention over time, known as sustained attention, is vital for many tasks performed every day. You can take action when you realize you need to refocus. Here are three expert strategies to staying on task.


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How Techy Tools Can Help You to Sleep Better

Tags: alcohol, caffeine, exercise, insomnia, sleep, sleep apnea, sleep disorders, sleep testing, sleepwalking

Sleep apps and online programs are becoming a popular way to combat sleep issues. Many find these techy tools can give you the feedback and instruction that can help you get back to sleep.


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4 Things You Should Know About Back Pain

Tags: back pain, chronic back pain, chronic pain, spine, spine surgery

Your spine is amazing. It holds you securely upright, while providing you with incredible flexibility that allows you to bend and twist. However, the spine is a common source of pain for many people.


Are You a Closet Eater? 4 Important Tips (Infographic)

Are You a Closet Eater? 4 Important Tips (Infographic)

Tags: binge eating disorder (BED), bulimia, diet, healthy eating, infographic, obesity

Some of us binge on food at Thanksgiving and eat too much cake on our birthdays. Discover where bingeing ends and binge eating disorder (BED) begins.


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Stroke: Know These 4 Lifesaving Tips Because Every Second Counts

Tags: brain health, FAST, mini-stroke, stroke, strokes

As soon as you see any signs of a stroke, such as sudden weakness in the face, arm or leg, confusion or slurred speech, call 9-1-1.


Using Brain Images to Predict Huntington's Disease

Using Brain Images to Predict Huntington’s Disease

Tags: Alzheimer’s disease, brain health, Huntington's disease, imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), MRI, Parkinson's Disease

New Huntington's disease research uses imaging to help predict changes in the brain. The study’s findings could ultimately help delay the disease’s progression in at-risk populations.


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Is Menopause Causing Your Mood Swings, Depression or Anxiety?

Tags: anxiety, brain health, depression, estrogen, memory, memory loss, menopause, mental health, perimenopause, sleep, sleep disorders

Menopause can make you moody and irritable. It can also cause anxiety and depression. Here’s some advice on how to handle it.