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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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.

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5 Ways You Can Conquer Restless Legs at Night

Tags: Insomnia, restless legs syndrome, sleep

You are lying in bed trying to fall asleep. But you can’t nod off because of an overwhelming urge to move your legs. What’s going on? You might have Restless Legs Syndrome.

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Swallowing Your Tongue and Other Epilepsy Myths

Tags: epilepsy, epilepsy awareness month 2012, myth or truth, myths, pregnancy, seizures

Myths about epilepsy persist despite tremendous advances. Learn what's really true about this often misunderstood condition as our expert busts 13 myths.

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4 Simple Ways to Sleep Better Every Night

Tags: Insomnia, sleep, sleep apnea

A Cleveland Clinic expert offers quick, easy tips to help you sleep better. Start by putting your smart phone away.

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If You Have Apathy You Might Be At Risk for Dementia

Tags: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer’s disease, brain health, dementia, memory

Older people who are not depressed, but have symptoms of apathy, may have a higher risk of developing brain changes linked to dementia, says a new study. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia.

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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Insomnia?

Tags: Insomnia, quiz, sleep, sleep disorders

Test your assumptions about this common sleep disorder. For starters, does everyone really need eight hours of sleep?