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* 14–15 Ohio Chapter Biannual ConferenceEducational program on the autism spectrumBarbara YavorcikOhio Chapter, Autism Society of America701 South Main St.Akron, OH 44311(330) 376-0211e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
* 14–15 Santa Barbara MS Bike Tour and FestBike rides of varying lengths to raise funds for multiple sclerosis (MS) researchChannel Islands Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis (NMS) Society14 West Valerio St.Santa Barbara, CA 93101(805) 682-8783e-mail: email@example.com
* 15 Walk to D'Feet ALSWalk to raise funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) researchKatherine DunnALS Association of Georgia1955 Cliff Valley Way, Suite 116Atlanta, GA 30329(888) 636-9940, (404) 636-9909e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
* 16 NYC MS Bike TourFundraising bike tour in New York and New JerseyNew York City Chapter, National MS Society30 West 26th St.New York, NY 10010(212) 463-7787e-mail: email@example.com
* 16 A Ride for the Cure35-mile scenic ride to raise funds for dystonia researchLois GebeloffDystonia Medical Research Foundation, New Jersey ChapterNo postal address – phone and e-mail preferred(973) 228-2765e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
* 20 Guthrie Awards DinnerNational Huntington Disease (HD) dinner in New York CityVickie MullinHuntington Disease Society of America (HDSA)505 8th Ave. Suite 902New York, NY 10018(212) 242-1968 ext. 33e-mail: email@example.com
* 20 Dystonia Basket BashDinner and basket raffle fundraiser for dystonia researchDystonia Junior Council, Chicago Chapter4317 Enfield Ave.Skokie, IL 60076(847) 679-7338e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
* 22 “Think Neurology Now: Your Brain Matters” ExpoAtlanta, GA: seminars for patients; vendor displaysAmerican Academy of Neurology FoundationLinda Morgan1080 Montreal Ave.St. Paul, MN 55116(866) 770-7570, ext. 2714e-mail: email@example.com
* 29 Walk to D'Feet ALSWalk in Decatur, GA to benefit ALS researchKatherine DunnALS Association of Georgia1955 Cliff Valley Way, Suite 116Atlanta, GA 30329(888) 636-9940, (404) 636-9909e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
* 5 New England Members Education Day and Youth ForumEducational programs for adults and young people on HDNew England Chapter, HDSA1253 Worcester Road, Suite 202Framingham, MA 01701(888) 872-8102, ext. 13e-mail: Virginia@hdsa-ne.orgwww.hdsa.org
* 5 Educational Symposium on HDAnnual educational program on the challenge of HDHDSA Center of Excellence at the University of VirginiaSusan DietrichAdult NeurologyP.O. Box 801018Charlottesville, VA 22908(434) 243-5422e-mail: email@example.com
* 5–6 2005 MS Best Dam Bike Tour174-mile bike tour into California to raise funds for MSArizona Chapter, National MS Society315 South 48th St., Suite 101Tempe, AZ 85281(480) 968-2488e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org/aza e-mail: email@example.com
* 9–12 National MS ConferenceConference in Atlanta, GA for MS researchers, volunteers and patientsNational Multiple Sclerosis Society733 Third Ave.New York, NY 10017(212) 476-0452e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Women with Epilepsy (Cambridge University Press, $32.99) Edited by Martha J. Morrell, M.D., a professor of Clinical Neurology at Stanford University Medical Center in Stanford, Calif., this book provides a comprehensive overview of how epilepsy affects women. Look for up-to-date information on the impact of epilepsy on the hormonal cycle, reproductive issues, menopause, pregnancy and parenting, as well as legal and work concerns. The book was developed in collaboration with the Epilepsy Foundation as part of its Women and Epilepsy Initiative. To read excerpts, go to www.epilepsyfoundation.org , click on the “Women & Epilepsy” link and then on “Handbook Excerpts.”
The Caregiver's Essential Handbook: More than 1,200 Tips to Help You Care for and Comfort the Seniors in Your Life (Contemporary Books, $14.95) Caring for an elderly loved one can seem insurmountable, but this handy book breaks it down into easy-to-accomplish steps. Readers will find useful advice about finances, home safety, nutrition, exercise, travel and finding help for the caregiver. There are also chapters on depression, memory loss and dementia, hearing and vision loss and incontinence.
Parkinson's Disease and the Family: A New Guide (Harvard University Press, $15.95) This book, by Nutan Sharma, M.D., a neurologist, and health writer Elaine Richman, Ph.D, helps the families of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients deal with the disease and its impact on the family. The book discusses risk factors, diagnosis, conventional and alternative treatments, how to navigate the health care system and clinical trials, as well as addresses intimacy and sexual issues, depression, dementia and arranging for long-term care.
Happiness in a Storm: Facing Illness and Embracing Life as a Healthy Survivor (W.W. Norton, $26.95) This book by Wendy Schlessel Harpham, M.D., whose bout with reoccurring lymphoma inspired her to become an author, is written for anyone facing a debilitating illness. Dr. Harpham offers practical guidance on how to find medical information, decide on a treatment plan and choose the best doctors to carry it out. But she also focuses on the healing power of relationships that can lead to joyful living, even in the face of illness.