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Diagnosing and treating facial pain
by George J. Kaptain, MD
Diagnosing and treating facial pain Symptoms typically affect the cheek and jaw and less commonly the forehead. Pain may be accentuated by eating, and light tactile stimuli such as facing a breeze, applying makeup, brushing teeth, or talking.

Trigeminal neuralgia also known as tic douloureux, is a painful and greatly debilitating affliction of the face. Symptoms have been described as excruciating, stabbing, electrical, shock-like, lancinating, or convulsive. Pain classically localizes to one side of the face although bilateral cases have been described.
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The Five B’s for dealing with a depressed loved one
by Carol A. Kivler, MS, CSP
The Five B’s for dealing with a depressed loved one When you acknowledge, understand, and accept that individuals struggling with depression need the same loving concern and care as those with physical illnesses, you increase their chance of recovery.

Have you ever walked a tight rope? That’s how it feels when you live with, love or care for someone who is in the midst of a severe depression. And considering the fact that one of four Americans will face a depressive episode in his or her lifetime, it’s likely you’ll witness someone close to you, challenged by depression.
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Stranger in My Spouse...
Living with a loved one with a brain illness

by Joni Aldrich

Joni James Aldrich knows about caregiving. She was her husband's caregiver during a two-year hard-fought cancer battle, including three outpatient stem cell transplants. After Gordon's unfortunate death from metastatic brain cancer, Joni dedicated her life to helping others survive cancer, caregiving, and grief through her books and public speaking.
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Memory…a precious thing to lose
by Edward Zamrini, MD
Memory…a precious thing to lose Before becoming too distraught about our prospects, let’s look at what we know, where we’re headed, and how we might get there when it comes to protecting our memory and reducing the risk of AD.

Without memory we would be lost. Sure, we could jot the information down on a piece of paper or input it into our computer, but if we didn’t even remember that the information existed, let alone where, how would we even know to look for it in the first place? It’s a scary thought, but millions already experience this problem to some degree daily.
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Stages and Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease
by Pieter Kark, MD, FACP, FAAN
Stages and Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease Most did not have true memory loss. Some were distracted by responsibilities. Some were anxious, worried, or mildly depressed. Some weren’t sleeping well. The decreased memory usually responded quickly, and treatment didn’t always require medicines...

Someone you love forgets where he or she puts the keys. Later, she cannot find her eyeglasses. Sometimes she forgets the word she is trying to say. You have a moment of dread. “Oh my gosh, is she getting Alzheimer’s disease?” He or she may be your mother or father, your aunt or uncle, a close friend, or a neighbor.


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Are statins beneficial in treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease?
by Edward Zamrini, MD
Are statins beneficial in treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease? Alzheimer’s disease patients who received a statin in addition to their regular treatment performed better on some tests than those who received regular treatment and a placebo, an inactive pill.
Statins are the most commonly used class of lipid lowering agents in medical practice today. They are also known as HMGCoA reductase inhibitors.
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Restless Legs
by David Margelli, PA-C
Restless Legs "My wife hates to watch TV with me;
I can’t help but fidget all evening"

There are myriad problems with sleep that can rob a person of rest. Insomnia, the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep, can be a transient issue or can be a chronic, debilitating condition. Sleep-disordered breathing, where snoring or - more dangerously - sleep apnea causes disruption in nighttime respiration, is a finding that can be at best bothersome to bed partners and at worst harmful or even fatal to the sufferer if unchecked.
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