Visit TheBrainMatters.org, the Academy's public education website, for comprehensive coverage of neurologic issues.
Answering Patients' Questions
What are the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease? Where can I find more information about epilepsy? How can I get an accurate diagnosis for MS? How can I learn more about how families can help somebody who has had a stroke?
There are a lot of questions surrounding brain diseases. The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Academy of Neurology Foundation® (AAN Foundation) can help you find the answers.
- Neurology Now® Magazine, the award-winning patient magazine of the American Academy of Neurology, features stories and regular sections providing helpful information and support to individuals living with neurologic disease. Sign up for a free subscription.
- AAN.com/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Disease Index now provides information on more than 600 neurologic diseases from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is now available on the AAN's website. This is a great resource for questions about rare disorders. Visit the NINDS Disorders Index.
- Find a Neurologist. The Find a Neurologist tool is a search engine tool to help patients locate American Academy of Neurology member neurologists in their area. Access the Find a Neurologist tool.
- AAN Patient Brochures, easy-to-understand print brochures that include information on the symptoms, diagnosis, and management of the following neurologic diseases: Alzheimer's disease, migraine headache, multiple sclerosis, dystonia, epilepsy, ALS, brain injury, and stroke. The brochure "What is a Neurologist?" is also available, as well as two brochures on the importance of animal research. Request a patient brochure.
- Patient and Caregiver Summaries of AAN Guidelines provide easy-to-understand patient versions of the Academy's guidelines on managing, diagnosing, and treating a variety of neurologic disease. Access dozens of patient summaries.
- Neurology.org, the website of Neurology®, the American Academy of Neurology's medical journal. It provides information on the latest research published in the journal on managing and treating neurologic disease. Neurology is the world's most widely read and high cited peer-reviewed neurology journal. Visit the journal's website.
- Neurology® Patient Pages, offered by the AAN's medical journal Neurology®, provide overviews and analyses of more than 67 topics, including "When Should Patients with Alzheimer's Disease Stop Driving?" Information and resources on living wills, advance directives, and health care power of attorney is also available. View Patient Pages on the journal's website.
- GiveMeFiveforStroke.org, a website developed by the American Academy of Neurology, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the American Stroke Association, provides tools for patients that help them understand the signs of stroke and seek emergency care. Read more information on the GiveMeFiveforStroke campaign.
- NEW! Neurology Now Books
In 2009, the AAN will launch Neurology Now Books™ to provide patients and caregivers with in-depth information and helpful advice on how to live life fully while managing a neurologic disorder. The series will publish four titles in its first year, including multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, and taste and smell disorders. Learn more about Neurology Now Books.
The AAN Patient Education Series Books are also still currently available to order.
- Clinical trials can be accessed by visiting the website of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. A link from the homepage lets you search a database of trials by disease/condition. The public may also search ClinicalTrials.gov, a website sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.
- RSS Feeds of Press Releases allow members of the public the chance to receive weekly press releases issued by the American Academy of Neurology, featuring the latest newsworthy research on neurologic disease published in the Academy's medical journal, Neurology, as well as new research presented at the Academy's Annual Meeting. Subscribe to press releases.
- Read more about patient educational materials available from the Academy.
Information contained on the American Academy of Neurology website is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace or contradict your medical doctor's advice and should not be used, interpreted, or relied upon as professional medical advice. Please consult a qualified physician regarding specific medical concerns or treatment. Academy staff cannot provide medical advice or diagnose your condition. You should consult your physician.