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Meet the Former Bodybuilder With MS Who Designs Fitness Programs With Patients Top of Mind

National Fitness Hall of Famer David Lyons shares how he manages his own multiple sclerosis and what drove him to help the MS community maintain mobility and independence.

By Jackie Zimmerman

Not Every Resolution Must Be Big to Count in the Long Run

With MS, resolving to do just a bit better may be a more reliable path toward achieving your goals.

By Trevis Gleason

How One Man Filled the Gap of Patient Education Around Multiple Sclerosis in Brazil

Get to know Gustavo San Martin, founder of Friends with Multiple Sclerosis and the mission behind his successful advocacy organization.

By Jackie Zimmerman

Which Is Easier on Your Brain, Forgetting or Remembering?

If you’re of a certain age, you may find it hard to believe that forgetting something takes more mental effort — more brain power — than trying to remember it.

By Diane Domina

Smoke Gets in Your Brain

If you smoke, are overweight, or have hypertension or diabetes, your brain health may be in jeopardy, according to a new study in the European Heart Journal.

By Diane Domina

Moments of Clarity: How Loved Ones Living With Dementia Can Surprise Us

It’s not unheard of to enjoy a glimpse of your elder as they were before. Carol Bradley Bursack shares how to cherish these thrilling moments of clarity.

By The Candid Caregiver

How to Protect Your Child From This Polio-like Condition

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a very rare but serious neurological condition that mimics polio. In 2018, 193 cases were reported in the U.S. — more than ever before. Like the flu, this virus changes every year — here’s what to know to stay ahead of it.

By Stephanie Stephens

Dementia: How to Respond to Impatient People and Maintain Your Loved One's Dignity

Our Caregiving Expert, Carol Bradley Bursack, shares how she responds to insensitive comments toward elders.

By The Candid Caregiver

Why Language Matters With Dementia

Words like "suffering" and "patient" place dementia in a tragedy narrative and make it difficult for the caregiver to stay positive.

By The Candid Caregiver

Guilt and Gratitude are Both Part of Life with MS

After years of debilitating symptoms, MS patient advocate Lisa Emrich shares a bit of hopeful news – that MS can get better, and the gifts her condition has given her today.

By Lisa Emrich

Meet the Experts

Lisa Emrich

Patient Expert

Living with MS and RA, Lisa Emrich is a powerful patient advocate who inspires people to live better and stay active.

Trevis Gleason

Patient Expert

Award-winning author, chef and blogger, Trevis L. Gleason was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis in 2001.

Carol Bradley Bursack

Caregiver, patient expert

Carol Bradley Bursack is a veteran family caregiver who writes as the Candid Caregiver as well as focusing on dementia.

Lisa Emrich

Patient Expert

Living with MS and RA, Lisa Emrich is a powerful patient advocate who inspires people to live better and stay active.

Health News

Brain Imaging May Give Clues to Memory Loss

In a small study, researchers at the University of California, Irvine, found that high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of the brain may provide important information about underlying causes of age-related memory problems. The ...

How the Brain Works to Be Social, Even When We're Alone

The human brain focuses on social information and social learning even while at rest and outside of social situations.

Large Study Confirms Link Between Brain Injuries and Dementia Risk

The risk for dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is significantly higher in people with a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI) than in people without a history of head injury, according to a large study involving 2.8 million people in Denmark...