A neurological examination, also called a neuro exam, is an evaluation of a person's nervous system that can be performed in the doctor's office. It may be performed with instruments, such as lights and reflex hammers, and usually does not cause any pain to the patient. The nervous system consists of the brain, the spinal cord, and the nerves from these areas. There are many aspects of this examination, including an assessment of motor and sensory skills, balance and coordination, mental status (the patient's level of awareness and interaction with the environment), reflexes, and functioning of the nerves. The extent of the examination depends on many factors, including the initial problem that the patient is experiencing, the age of the patient, and the condition of the patient.Learn more about neurological examinations ›
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There is no cure yet or even a sure-fire means for halting or preventing the disease. The good news: There are some ways to alleviate the symptoms. Learn more ›
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Most Americans know if they want to maintain a healthy weight and improve their health, they should limit junk foods and prepared foods, which are high in fat, calories, salt and sugar.
To move their diets to an even healthier level, they need to take another step: Choose everyday foods that are nutritional standouts — foods packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and essential fatty acids. Shopping at a health food store isn't necessary to improve your health--your supermarket has a wealth of healthy foods.
Experts recommend including the following foods in your diet to improve your health and lower your risk of developing several serious health conditions.Learn more about Alzheimer's and nutrition ›
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More than 5.3 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer's disease, with a new person developing the disease every 70 seconds. Americans ages 65 and older with Alzheimer's and dementia pay three times as much in health care costs.
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