Brain and nervous system problems can affect one's central command system, potentially impairing memory and the ability to perform daily activities. Learning to live with or supporting someone with a neurological condition is challenging. We're here to help. Learn about the symptoms, causes, prevention and treatment of these disorders.

Fast Facts for Your Health: Succeeding With Epilepsy

  • Posted on: 16 November 2011
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Published by: National Women's Health Resource Center, Inc., August 2011

Being told that you have epilepsy can be overwhelming, and learning about epilepsy can be confusing. We're here to help: Read our Fast Facts on epilepsy and learn how to manage the challenges of this serious condition.

Fast Facts for Your Health: Living Well with Epilepsy

  • Posted on: 15 July 2010
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Women with epilepsy deal with unique issues because epilepsy and related treatments can affect or be affected by the menstrual cycle, contraception, pregnancy choices and menopause. Learn what you need to know about living well with epilepsy through each life stage, from late adolescence through your childbearing years and well beyond. 

Stroke Awareness: Early Intervention Saves Lives

  • Posted on: 1 June 2010
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Do you know the warning signs of a stroke? Early detection and intervention may improve your chances of recovery
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Do you know the warning signs of a stroke? Early detection and intervention may improve your chances of recovery. Learn what the risk factors are and what to look for

woman talking to her doctorStroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and the primary cause of disability. Each year, 780,000 new and recurrent strokes occur in the United States, and 55,000 more women suffered stroke than men in a year. The increased rate of stroke among women is partly due to women’s longer life expectancy.

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Worried About Stroke? Know the Facts

  • Posted on: 30 April 2010
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10 important facts you need to know about stroke
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10 important facts you need to know about stroke

woman at computer1. You can have a stroke at any age. More than 25 percent of stroke victims are under 65. However, for every decade after age 55, your risk of stroke increases by 10 percent.

2. There are two forms of stroke: ischemic (blockage of a blood vessel supplying the brain) and hemorrhagic (bleeding into or around the brain).

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Anticoagulant Bleeding Risk and Management Options: What You Need to Know

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
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Anticoagulants can help prevent blood clots and lower your risk of stroke and pulmonary embolism, but there are some risks and side effects.
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Anticoagulants can help prevent blood clots and lower your risk of stroke and pulmonary embolism, but there are some risks and side effects.

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by Elizabeth Shimer Bowers

If you are taking anticoagulant medication, chances are you are doing so for a good reason. These drugs help prevent blood clots, lowering your risk of stroke and pulmonary embolism. You may be taking anticoagulants because you've had a stroke in the past or because you have a condition known as atrial fibrillation (AFib) or have had a heart valve replacement.

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References 1. http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/LifeAfterStroke/HealthyLivingAfterStroke/ManagingMedicines/Anti-Clotting-Agents-Explained_UCM_310452_Article.jsp#.V_0DTIWcGP8 2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10651387 3. http://www.uptodate.com/contents/ischemic-stroke-treatment-beyond-the-basics 4. http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/heart-and-blood/a8812/eliquis-apixaban/ 5. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Arrhythmia/PreventionTreatmentofArrhythmia/A-Patients-Guide-to-Taking-Warfarin_UCM_444996_Article.jsp#.V_0LMIWcGP8 6. http://www.stopafib.org/anticoagulant.cfm#1 7. http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/NewsEvents/ucm467203.htm 8. http://www.pharmacytimes.com/contributor/andrew-abe-pharmd/2015/11/annexa-will-andexanet-alfa-be-the-first-reversal-agent-for-factor-xa-inhibitors; https://www.drugs.com/history/andexxa.html
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Breast Cancer Cells May Change When They Spread to Brain

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
  • By: helen
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When breast cancer spreads to the brain, important molecular changes may occur in the cancer, a small study found.
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When breast cancer spreads to the brain, important molecular changes may occur in the cancer, a small study found.

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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News)—When breast cancer spreads to the brain, important molecular changes may occur in the cancer, a small study found.

The discovery of these changes could lead to improved diagnosis and treatment, the researchers said.

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Exercise May Help People Who Already Have Memory Loss

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
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Older people who have memory and thinking problems may get a slight benefit from exercise, a new study suggests.
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Older people who have memory and thinking problems may get a slight benefit from exercise, a new study suggests.

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News)—Older people who have memory and thinking problems may get a slight benefit from exercise, a new study suggests.

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Lack of Awareness Around Brain Aneurysm Can Cost Lives

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
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On March 19, 2015, Emmy-nominated news anchor and New York City TV journalist Lisa Colagrossi was on a routine assignment when she had what her husband, Todd Crawford, described as "a horrific coughing spell." She later died of an undiagnosed brain aneurysm.
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On March 19, 2015, Emmy-nominated news anchor and New York City TV journalist Lisa Colagrossi was on a routine assignment when she had what her husband, Todd Crawford, described as "a horrific coughing spell." She later died of an undiagnosed brain aneurysm.

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TUESDAY, Oct. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News)—On March 19, 2015, Emmy-nominated news anchor and New York City TV journalist Lisa Colagrossi was on a routine assignment when she had what her husband, Todd Crawford, described as "a horrific coughing spell."

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Kids' Mild Brain Injury Can Have Long-Term Effects

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
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Young people who suffer even mild head trauma are more likely to have serious issues later on, including psychiatric problems and premature death, a new study suggests.
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Young people who suffer even mild head trauma are more likely to have serious issues later on, including psychiatric problems and premature death, a new study suggests.

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News)—Young people who suffer even mild head trauma are more likely to have serious issues later on, including psychiatric problems and premature death, a new study suggests.

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