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An official publication of the American Academy of Neurology, Neurology Now® is an award-winning magazine written for people with neurologic disorders and their caregivers. Neurology Now features the latest information on the advances in the diagnosis and treatment of neurologic diseases, expert advice about wellness and disease prevention, discussions of new medications and therapies, and strategies for coping with neurologic disorders and the life changes that may accompany them.

August/September 2015 Volume 11 Issue 4
Departments: From the Editor
a silent epidemic: traumatic brain injury is surprisingly common among people with neurologic conditions that put them at risk for falls.
Departments: Letters
healing the hurt. - Susan, B.
rls response. - DuLaney, Jim
rls response. - Vrable, Suzanne
rls response. - Hancock, April
the editor responds: rls response.
trial period. - Shatin, Leo
accepting epilepsy. - Bruno, Basilio
stroke sense. - Winninger, Frank
bright idea. - Jansen, Corey
the editor responds: bright idea.
nerve-wracking. - Austin, Phyllis
the editor responds: nerve-wracking.
polio survivors. - Gabardi, Virginia
the editor responds: polio survivors.
Departments: The Waiting Room
rethink chronic pain: opioid painkillers can be addictive and are not always appropriate for long-term use. experts say an alternative is to think about-and treat-pain differently. - Hiscott, Rebecca
rest, assured: experts say improving sleep habits is better for insomnia than sleeping pills. - Hiscott, Rebecca
the exercise effect: mounting evidence says physical fitness promotes brain fitness in older adults. - Shaw, Gina
beyond the finish line: paul mcintosh, 24, a second-year medical student at the university of north carolina school of medicine, explains why he's raising funds and awareness for pompe disease. - Hiscott, Rebecca
Features: Youth Concussion
heads first: the number of children who sustain concussions is on the rise. sports organizations are responding with stricter policies to ensure safer play. here's what parents and coaches need to know. - Paturel, Amy
Features: Madeleine Stowe
out of isolation: when actress madeleine stowe's father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the 1960s, the family had few options and little support. today, stowe is offering both to other families. - Shaw, Gina
Features: End of Life
can we talk?: people who discuss their end-of-life wishes are less likely to die in a hospital or burden relatives with tough medical decisions. here's how to get the conversation started. - Gordon, Debra
Departments: New Frontiers
wearing the detectives: wristbands, smartwatches, and other wearable devices allow for more real-time monitoring of seizures and other neurologic symptoms-and, possibly, more precise treatment. - Samson, Kurt
Departments: Ask the Experts
you ask. we answer: how can families and friends of someone with epilepsy distinguish between a seizure that requires an emergency room visit and one that does not?. - Joseph, Sirven, MD, FAAN
Departments: Pictures of You
finding his inner artist: for john creveling, 67, parkinson's disease has unleashed new creative talents. - Levy, Annie
Departments: Resource Central
resource central: where to go to find patient organizations, help for all neurologic conditions, and the american academy of neurology's "find a neurologist" tool.
Departments: Speak Up
double trouble: for a retired psychology professor, myasthenia gravis plays tricks with his vision, but not his sense of humor. - Fernald, Denny