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Neurology Blog

  • What Is Palliative Care?

    Perhaps you’ve heard the term “palliative care” but weren’t sure what it meant. Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with chronic illnesses, focusing on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a chronic illness regardless of the diagnosis. The overall goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

  • Making the Most of Your Doctor’s Appointment

    Your doctors’ appointments are an important and valuable time to connect with your doctor, share your perspective and information, and learn from your doctor’s expertise.  The best appointments happen when patients are very prepared.

  • Fighting Chronic Fatigue

    Chronic fatigue is a condition that causes someone to be extremely tired—to the point that they can’t function in their daily life.  It is also often misunderstood.

  • Major Depressive Disorder: Taking Back Control of Your Life

    Michelle Galen, MD; Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic

    A feeling of sadness that doesn’t seem to go away. Unexplained weight gain or weight loss.  Inability to focus. Fatigued but just can’t sleep.  If this sounds familiar, you may be experiencing major depression episodes caused by a disease called Major Depressive Disorder or MDD.  If you have MDD you’re not alone. Depression affects 15.7 million American adults.  

  • Visiting the Hospital with Parkinson's: Time Well Spent

    By Karen Smith

    When facing life with a chronic, progressive disease such as Parkinson’s disease (PD), how you choose to spend your time takes on even greater importance.  This is what I learned when I was diagnosed with young onset PD in 2001, and afterwards while striving to ‘maintain’ my quality of life.

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