Can These Foods Help Prevent Stroke?

What you eat each day can play a big role not just in weight control, but also in protecting you against stroke. So put down the potato chips and read on. “Food as it relates to stroke is all about prevention,” says certified nurse practitioner Susan Jaeger. “Your food choices can reduce the risk of … Read More

Omega-3s Linked to Better Memory Later in Life

Remember this, because it just might improve your memory: more fish, less steak. A new study — confirming earlier findings — shows that eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like those in the Mediterranean diet, may help preserve memory and thinking abilities later in life. The Mediterranean diet and omega-3 The study, which teamed … Read More

Parkinson’s Drug Pump Shows Promise (Video)

Levodopa is considered the most effective drug to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The chronic, progressive neurological disease causes a person to lose control of body movements, resulting in tremors, muscle stiffness, loss of balance and a host of other problems. So far in the United States levodopa has only been available in pill … Read More

New Pill Treats Multiple Sclerosis (Video)

For people who suffer from multiple sclerosis, an experimental drug called BG-12 shows signs of being a promising new treatment. A recent study, led by Robert Fox, MD, of Cleveland Clinic Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment, found that BG-12, which comes in pill form, is not only very safe but also well-tolerated by MS patients. The … Read More

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Why Is Soda Not So Sweet?

Soda may taste sweet, but when you know it raises your stroke risk by 16 percent, it begins to fall flat. You might ask: what’s really the harm in drinking soda in moderation—say, a can a day? According to Adam Bernstein, MD, DSc, of Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, even that amount—even if it’s diet soda—can … Read More

Get Fit After 50: 5 Tips for Men

If you’re a man over 50, it’s probably more difficult for you to rebound from a bucket of wings, a doughnut binge or a six-pack of beer than in your younger days. Bad habits take more of a toll as you age. Don’t wait until you have high blood pressure or gain 50 pounds to … Read More

Gene May Raise Alzheimer’s Risk in African-Americans

The results of a new study could be yet another step toward finding how and why people develop Alzheimer’s disease, particularly when it comes to African-Americans.    Geriatric psychiatrist Brian Appleby, MD, treats Alzheimer’s patients at Cleveland Clinic but didn’t take part in the study. “We know that different races and different ethnic groups have different risk factors for different … Read More

100 Seizures a Day: Surgery Saves Boy’s Life

Sam “Spike” Parrent is a normal, happy and healthy 6-year-old boy living in North Carolina. You would never imagine by looking at him that just two years ago, Spike had been racked with epileptic seizures — up to 100 a day. At one point doctors were ready to put him in a coma. His parents … Read More

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Stroke and Depression — A Deadly Combination

It’s not surprising that 20 to 30 percent of people who suffer a stroke also develop depression. Because of the sudden onset of disability, they’re not able to do many of the everyday things they could do before. “It’s a traumatizing experience,” says Cleveland Clinic neurologist Irene Katzan, MD, who treats stroke patients. She says … Read More

Diabetes Facts: Know the Risks

People with diabetes are at risk for long-term problems affecting the eyes, kidneys, heart, brain, feet and nerves. The best way to prevent or delay these problems is to control your blood sugar and take good care of yourself. Want to learn more about your risk? Take the diabetes risk assessment. Brain Diabetes increases the … Read More