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Back and Spine; Brain

Multiple sclerosis spotlight: Early diagnosis, better treatments, and hope for MS-free future

Celebrity diagnoses have thrust multiple sclerosis (MS) into the spotlight. Learn how this neurological disease starts, spreads – and can be stopped with new treatments.

Brain; Discovery

Taking aim at tau to develop Alzheimer's breakthroughs

At UT Southwestern, physician-scientists at the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute have been hard at work trying to unravel the brain’s biggest mysteries. Dr. Marc Diamond and his lab are making significant progress studying the tau protein and uncovering the fundamental roots of Alzheimer’s in hopes of developing an effective treatment for the disease.

Brain; COVID; Heart

Are stroke sufferers silent victims of COVID-19?

COVID-19 fear and isolation is keeping patients with stroke symptoms from coming to the ER until it’s too late. Babu Welch, M.D., discusses the crisis in this MedBlog.

Brain

Disney star’s death shows it’s time to end the epilepsy stigma

While tragic, the death of Disney star Cameron Boyce has given voice to SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy). Epilepsy is common, but it still carries a stigma for many patients and their families. Sasha Alick, M.D., discusses why patients should talk about epilepsy, plus tips to reduce health risks.

Brain; Prevention

Insomnia: Don’t lose sleep over it

A little-known treatment for chronic insomnia offers longer-lasting benefits than medication or sleep hygiene techniques. Cognitive behavioral therapy focusing on insomnia (CBT-I) involves personalized care and group-based therapy. Learn more.

Brain

Epilepsy surgery advancements can eliminate seizures, improve patients’ memories

Recent advancements have made epilepsy surgery safer and more effective. Dr. Lega discusses when physicians who care for patients with epilepsy should consider referring them for a surgical evaluation.