Brain & Nerve Health

In-depth information on different kinds of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Patient experts inspire and guide with practical advice on how to manage conditions, be an effective caregiver, and more.

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Brain Tumors: Do They Respond to Immunotherapy?

Immunotherapy, a type of treatment that enlists parts of our immune systems to fight diseases, may also help treat slow-growing brain tumors, a new study shows.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

Does Optimism Hurt or Help MS?

Attitude is everything when living with MS. Learn the difference between optimism, pragmatism, and pessimism, and how your attitude can impact MS.

By Lisa Emrich

Autism Treatment: Some Kids Miss Out

As many as one third of U.S. children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) don't get behavioral or medication treatment to help them manage their neurodevelopmental challenges.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

What You Should Know About MS and Exercise

Should you exercise with MS? Within one generation researchers went from "don't exercise" to "OMG! Do Something!"

By Trevis Gleason

7 Celebrities Living With Multiple Sclerosis

Celebrities are able to spread awareness and inspire others living with MS. Here are seven celebrities with MS.

By Lisa Emrich

Pediatricians Update Kid Concussion Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics revised its concussion guidelines for kids and teens to support light physical activity and the return to school.

By Diane Domina

Managing Multiple Sclerosis in and Fall and Winter

Tips for handling MS in the cold months, from avoiding slips and falls to wearing proper clothing.

By Lisa Emrich

How Coffee Protects the Brain

Researchers at the Krembil Brain Institute in Toronto have identified some ways that coffee supports cognitive function and helps prevent mental decline.

By Diane Domina

"I Want to Go Home:" Guidance for Caregivers of Persons With Alzheimer's

It's one of the most heartbreaking statements Alzheimer's caregivers hear. Carol Bradley Bursack gives expert advice on how to respond.

By The Candid Caregiver

Is MS Different for a Man Than a Woman?

When first diagnosed, patient expert Trevis L Gleason thought about his minority status as a man with multiple sclerosis. He doesn’t think about it that way now.

By Trevis Gleason

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...