Patient & Caregiver Education

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Fact Sheets

Access neurological disorder fact sheets containing information compiled by NINDS.
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Hope Through Research

Access booklets providing in-depth information about the causes, symptoms, treatments, and risk factors of a variety of neurological disorders.
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Brain Basics: Know Your Brain

A primer on the brain and brain anatomy for non-scientists, compiled by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. This fact sheet is a basic introduction to the human brain. It may help you understand how the healthy brain works, how to keep it healthy, and what happens when the brain is diseased or dysfunctional.
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Brain Basics: Preventing Stroke

Stroke ranks as the fourth leading killer in the United States. A stroke can be devastating to individuals and their families, robbing them of their independence. It is the most common cause of adult disability.
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Brain Basics: Understanding Sleep

Do you ever feel sleepy or "zone out" during the day? Do you find it hard to wake up on Monday mornings? If so, you are familiar with the powerful need for sleep. However, you may not realize that sleep is as essential for your well-being as food and water.
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Brain Basics: The Life and Death of a Neuron

Until recently, most neuroscientists thought we were born with all the neurons we were ever going to have. As children we might produce some new neurons to help build the pathways - called neural circuits - that act as information highways between different areas of the brain. But scientists believed that once a neural circuit was in place, adding any new neurons would disrupt the flow of information and disable the brain’s communication system.