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Brain & Life Magazine

Brain & Life Magazine is a free publication and website for patients and caregivers from the American Academy of Neurology. It covers a range of topics including multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, epilepsy, concussion, Parkinson’s disease, movement disorders, neuropathy, sleep disorders, migraines and much, much more.


February/March 2020 Issue

February March Issue Brain & Life Magazine

Lynda Carter Advocates for Those with Alzheimer’s Disease
Since her late mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease Carter has played her most important role in advocating for more awareness and research funding for the disease. She recently began lending her name and support to Maria Shriver's Women's Alzheimer's Movement. She also serves on an executive committee for the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1998 by the Lauder family to support Alzheimer's disease research worldwide.
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Scientists say we need shut-eye to keep the brain healthy and guard against cognitive decline.
Like many patients with neurologic conditions, Jaffe takes medication that can interfere with sleep. One such drug, ropinirole (Requip)—which is prescribed for restless legs syndrome and causes impulsive behavior in some people—leaves Jaffe feeling revved up and unwilling to put away a project, no matter how late it gets.
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December 2019/January 2020 Issue

Brain and Life Magazine - December/January Issue

Kristin Chenoweth Says Migraines Almost Ended Her Career
Identifying triggers and finding the right combination of medications help actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth manage her migraine attacks. Chenoweth says light, even from a smartphone's tiny camera, can bring on a migraine with aura—a temporary visual loss or disturbance—intense nausea, and crippling head pain, as well as room-spinning vertigo.
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Cooking Could Benefit Patients with Alzheimer's
After a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, a renowned cookbook author continues cooking with help from friends. Their tips may be useful for others with dementia.
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October/November 2019 Issue

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Actor Dash Mihok Explains How Tourette Syndrome Shaped His Career
Tourette syndrome typically is diagnosed in childhood. In the United States, one in 100 people may have milder symptoms and about 200,000 have a severe form of Tourette's, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
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Neurologic Conditions Can Lead to Depression
Depression is common with conditions like epilepsy, stroke, and Parkinson's disease. Learn how to identify and deal with this mood disorder.
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August/September 2019 Issue

Brain and Life August/September Issue

Journalist Ann Curry hopes Crowdsourcing can Solve Medical Mysteries
A live television series that uses crowdsourcing to connect people who have undiagnosed or misdiagnosed medical conditions with experts around the world sounded almost impossible to do in a responsible way.
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Why MS patients may Benefit from Aggressive Early Treatment
Research shows that treatment at the first sign of the disease may be best for most patients with multiple sclerosis. Disease severity and symptoms vary from person to person, but MS commonly causes problems with vision, walking, and balance, as well as unusual fatigue, pain, muscle weakness or spasms, numbness and tingling, bladder or bowel dysfunction, and cognitive and emotional changes such as depression and anxiety.
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June/July 2019 Issue


Singer Gloria Estefan talks about Surviving a Severe Spinal Injury
Nearly 30 years after fracturing her back in a bus accident, Gloria Estefan is standing tall. At 61, she's performing to adoring crowds, earning distinguished honors, taking her Broadway show to London's West End, and—perhaps most inspiring—championing new research that enables others who are paralyzed to move and walk again.
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Faces of Stroke
Anyone can experience a stroke, regardless of age, sex, or race. Brain and Life magazine interviews five survivors of a stroke. These five survivors attest, recovery is multifaceted too.
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April/May 2019 Issue


Actress Rita Wilson, Ambassador for the Alzheimer's Association
After her mother died of Alzheimer's disease, actress Rita Wilson volunteered to raise awareness and funds on behalf of others with the illness. A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease in 2010 was traumatic for Wilson and her siblings.
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Transitioning to Assisted Living
Moving to an assisted living facility can be stressful. These tips will help make the move as smooth as possible. When Carolyn Polchow and her siblings approached their mother with the idea of her moving into an assisted living facility, the matriarch's response was a firm no.
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February/March 2019 Issue


Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM)
Actress Marilu Henner has a highly superior autobiographical memory, a rare condition identified in only 100 people worldwide. This trait spurs her to advocate for more funding for brain research.
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How Improvisational Techniques Help Engage Dementia Patients
In the years after her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Karen Stobbe remembers listening to a Beatles song and hearing her mother tell her she had dated one of the musicians. Stobbe's initial urge was to dispute her mother's claim as impossible.
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December/January 2018-2019 Issue

Humor in a Brain Tumor
Comedy duo Jeannie and Jim Gaffigan say love and laughter have helped them survive the bumps in Jeannie's recovery from a mass near her brainstem.
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Marijuana as Medicine
Researchers do not fully understand how the endocannabinoid system works, but they know it affects many of the body's systems, including the nervous, cardiovascular, reproductive, endocrine, and immune systems.
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October/November 2018 Issue

Mission Possible
The Big Bang Theory actress Mayim Bialik encourages girls and young women to love science, on and off-screen. Thanks to that biology tutor, Bialik went on to UCLA after Blossom to pursue an undergraduate degree in neuroscience with a minor in Hebrew and Jewish studies, before getting her doctorate in neuroscience in 2007.
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Early Clues
Researchers are making important discoveries about Alzheimer's disease from people who develop it before the age of 65.
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August/September 2018 Issue

Partners Against Parkinson's
60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl says she and her husband work together to manage his Parkinson's disease—and keep their marriage strong.
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Head Drama
When Bennet Omalu, MD, identified a degenerative brain disease in NFL players, it shifted the worlds of both sports and neurology—and protocols about concussion.
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June/July 2018 Issue

Supporting Role
Actor Courtney B. Vance cared for his mother after she developed ALS. He hopes his story will promote understanding of the disease and emphasize the need for a cure.
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The Road to Surgery
Surgery is a treatment option for several neurologic disorders. Use our guide to find out if you are a candidate, what to expect, and how to prepare.
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