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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How to Spot Epilepsy in Seniors When It Looks Like Dementia

Tags: #onememory, dementia, epilepsy, frontotemporal dementia (FTD), memory, memory loss, stroke

Epilepsy is often thought of as a condition affecting children, but it’s just as common in people over 65. In seniors, it’s often linked to other conditions such as stroke, and can be tougher to diagnose and treat.


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Parents: Signs of Teen Depression You Should Know

Tags: depression, mood, teenager, teens

If your child shows persistent signs of depression -- sadness, crying spells, behavior changes -- take steps to get help right away. Here's what to watch for.


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5 Amazing Brain Surgery Innovations

Tags: brain cancer, brain health, brain metastases, brain surgery, brain tumor, gamma knife, neurology

The brain, with its delicate twists and turns, can be a mine field for surgeons removing tumors while conserving healthy tissue. Here are five exciting innovations in the field of brain surgery that fight cancer and enhance patients' lives.


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Steps You Can Take To Guard Against Dementia

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

Choosing a healthy lifestyle that features regular exercise, a nutritious diet, limited alcohol consumption and no smoking can slow or reverse dementia and cognitive deterioration.


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Keeping Your Limbs Limber Helps Keep MS Symptoms at Bay

Tags: exercise, MS, multiple sclerosis, physical therapy, stretching, therapy

Stretching, swimming, water aerobics, yoga, pilates, tai chi ... many of the usual ways people keep themselves fit and limber become doubly important for those with an MS diagnosis.


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If Your Relative Has an Aneurysm, You Might Have One Too

Tags: aneurysms, brain, brain health, smoking, stroke

If a close relative has a cerebral aneurysm, that means you’re statistically more likely to have one. Other factors are in play, but it's best to get tested.


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7 Tips to Keep Cool If You Have MS

Tags: heat, heat exhaustion, MS, multiple sclerosis

Some MS patients have problems with heat intolerance, so it's important to know what the possible heat sources may be, and how to keep yourself cool in hot and humid weather or while exercising.


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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.


Sleep Drunkenness

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.