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Neurological Disorders

Music as Medicine: Why a New Kind of Neuro-Rehab Is Taking Off

Rebecca Strong | Posted 05.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Strong

Ancient Greek philosophers believed that music had a therapeutic purpose -- including to treat depression, mania and even hangovers. In the Native Ame...

How Running (Literally) Everywhere Helps Me Cope With Epilepsy

Willemien Kets | Posted 05.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Willemien Kets

People who have had a seizure in the recent past are prohibited from driving. And my doctor felt that even biking would be too risky in my case. So, I just ran everywhere, even if that meant running a half marathon to get some paperwork done on the other side of town.

Epilepsy: What a Seizure Looks Like, When it Looks Like Something Else

Alicia Gonzalez | Posted 02.05.2016 | Parents
Alicia Gonzalez

My daughter was just two years old when she had her first seizure, due to Epilepsy. I didn't see it happen. I wish I had, because for the longest mom...

Lead Poisoning: A Continuing Saga

Faisal Qazi | Posted 02.01.2016 | Impact
Faisal Qazi

The battle against lead poisoning became most visible when in 1960s Clair Cameron Patterson (1922-1995), a leading CA Institute of Technology research...

Brain Surgeon Dr. Rahul Jandial Wants to Knock Cancer to its Knees

Ilana Rapp | Posted 01.27.2016 | Science
Ilana Rapp

Brain Surgeon and Scientist Dr. Rahul Jandial appears alongside Mike Tyson, Kal Penn and Mary Lynn Rajskub in FOX's show Superhuman where contestants ...

5 Reasons I Love My Life Even More Because of My Epilepsy

Tiffany Kairos | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Tiffany Kairos

I can most certainly tell that since my epilepsy diagnosis, my heart has swollen with compassion, with love, with understanding and sympathy because I know what it is to face pain, heartache, loss and many other feelings.

You Don't Look Like You Have Epilepsy

Tiffany Kairos | Posted 07.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Tiffany Kairos

Most people might take into assumption that because I look happy and healthy that there's absolutely nothing wrong. Here's the thing: For the most part, I am completely happy and healthy except for that one minuscule problem. That bump in the road. Epilepsy.

This Is What It's Like To Have A Seizure

Tiffany Kairos | Posted 06.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Tiffany Kairos

A person's seizure experience is unique to the individual. Having seizures is a major inconvenience to our lives. It's not fun. It's unsettling. It's uncomfortable. We don't want it in our lives. We want it gone. Forever. These are my experiences.

Never Lower Your Expectations of Kindness

Maura Horton | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Maura Horton

He has had Parkinson's her whole life, and she knows that his disease at times can be limiting and hard. She is innately kind and patient, but each instance questioning why others find this difficult to do. Through her eyes I see the disconnect.

Still Alice, Still Looking for Answers

Julie Harris, Ph.D. | Posted 04.20.2015 | Science
Julie Harris, Ph.D.

While the story is fiction, Julianne Moore's gripping portrayal of a person going through the stages of Alzheimer's disease in Still Alice is an all-too-real story faced every day by more than 5 million Americans and their caregivers. Her performance is a Hollywood reminder of why Alzheimer's research is so important.

A New Approach To Studying Neurological Disease

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.23.2015 | Science

An international team of over 300 scientists are taking on an ambitious project to identify eight common genetic mutations that appear to age the brai...

Hibernating Animals Might Provide Clues For Fighting Alzheimer's

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.30.2015 | Science

What does animal hibernation have to do with Alzheimer's? More than you might think. According to new research, the way that critters wake up from a l...

Miracles Happen Everyday: We Just Have to Be One Of Them

AJ Tesler | Posted 10.29.2014 | Impact
AJ Tesler

We knew something was wrong with our daughter. We'd known for a while. We just didn't know it was this something and we didn't know it was this bad.

The Best Gift My Grandson Ever Gave Me

Ray Flynn | Posted 09.07.2014 | Fifty
Ray Flynn

When one of my 17 grandchildren was born with a rare undiagnosed neurological disease, my priorities changed. My passion was not politics, but helping my handicapped grandson Braeden, now 7-years-old... Like all grandparents would say, all their grandchildren are the light of their lives, but a handicapped child is a pure delight.

Taylor Goodstein: Examining the Broken Brain and Reducing Stigma

Wesleyan University | Posted 07.16.2014 | College
Wesleyan University

I realized a seemingly obvious truth: A broken brain is not a broken ankle. There is no shame in a broken ankle, nor is there denial that the ankle is actually broken.

More Than a Compelling Journey Around New York City

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Susan Sacirbey

Having a family member stricken with the disease can be a catalyst for activism on political, human rights, medical, and educational levels.

Thinking Ahead: The Future of Neuroscience

Rep. Chaka Fattah | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Rep. Chaka Fattah

Funding neuroscience research now will reap tangible benefits for the lives of citizens across America, as well as the potential to increase our country's global competitiveness.

When An 'A' For Effort Means Everything

Parenting.com | Posted 06.03.2013 | Parents
Parenting.com

It's easy to make fun of the A for effort, the trophy for participation, but the fact is, for Schuyler and countless kids just like her, those trophies are the ones that sit on their shelves. And they're not cheap tokens of faint praise, either.

Helping My Daughter Find Her Own Voice

Parenting.com | Posted 05.24.2013 | Parents
Parenting.com

Implementation of assistive tech can be thwarted by the most basic and heartbreaking of obstacles: the desire to be like everyone else.

Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy's Mission: A Moonshot Into the Mind

S.Z. Berg | Posted 05.08.2012 | Healthy Living
S.Z. Berg

Patrick Kennedy is challenging scientists to see "innerspace" as the new frontier, a moonshot into the mind to explore brain circuitry and impaired genes and to develop research that can be translated into therapies and cures for all brain disorders.

Penguins Can't Fly... But They Can Soar

Freddie Gershon | Posted 06.26.2011 | Arts
Freddie Gershon

In my blog "Look Papi... I Did It", I identified P.94 and their experience with disabled children who defied prognostication by breaking through and f...

California Takes On Plastic Bottles Made With BPA

Grist.org | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

It's the stuff of a good Hollywood movie-a potentially toxic chemical lurking in the bodies of most unwitting Americans; a decade of mounting but scut...