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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.


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How Numbness, Tingling Are Connected to Your Multiple Sclerosis

Tags: demyelination, Devic's disease, MS, multiple sclerosis, nerve damage, neuromyelitis optica (NMO), optic nerve, optic nerve damage, peripheral neuropathy

Demyelination, loss of the protective coating on nerves in the brain and spinal cord, causes multiple sclerosis and similarly debilitating conditions.


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7 Ways to Get Better Sleep During the Holidays

Tags: holiday season, holidays, insomnia, sleep, sleep disorders, stress

Try these seven steps for more satisfying sleep this holiday season. When you can maintain healthy sleep habits, you can enjoy the season more fully.


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Best Holiday Stress-Busting Tips for Alzheimer’s Patients, Families

Tags: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer’s disease, holiday season, holidays, stress

Following simple tips can help make the holidays happier and less stressful for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s Disease.


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5 Surprising Facts About Adult Scoliosis

Tags: back pain, chronic pain, scoliosis

You may have more power over adult scoliosis than you think. Here are five things you might be surprised to hear about adult scoliosis.