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Bruce Willis has been diagnosed with a neurological disorder called aphasia, which affects the area of the brain that controls speech.

The 67-year-old actor will take a hiatus from acting, his family said in a statement on Wednesday. The statement did not reveal the cause or severity of his aphasia.

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In a statement on social media, his family said:

"To Bruce's amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities.

"As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him. This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support. We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him."

What is Aphasia?

Aphasia is a neurological disorder that affects the part of the brain that controls speech. Causes include stroke, tumors or head trauma, brain infections, or neurodegenerative diseases.

Aphasia affects a person's ability to speak clearly. Patients may mix up words - spoken or written - or they may jumble their words in a nonsensical way (word salad).

Patients usually don't realize that their speech is confusing to other people.

Aphasia can also cause problems with writing, understanding speech and listening to speech.

He is best known for his films including the Die Hard franchise, The Sixth Sense, Armageddon, Pulp Fiction, and Sin City.

Willis initially went into acting to control a stutter speech impediment.

Causes of Aphasia

Strokes are the most common cause of aphasia, followed by head trauma, tumors, brain infections, or neurodegenerative diseases.

According to the National Aphasia Association, aphasia affects about 2 million people in the United States. People diagnosed with aphasia are typically middle-age or older.

Symptoms of Aphasia

Symptoms of aphasia depend on the severity of damage to the brain. Patients will have difficulty expressing and enunciating words and sentences, and/or difficulty understanding spoken language.

Symptoms include:

  • speaking in short, incomplete sentences or phrases
  • speaking in sentences that others can’t understand (jumbled speech)
  • using the wrong words or nonsense words (word salad)
  • using words in the wrong order, mixing up words

 
Patients also have problems understanding spoken language or keeping up with fast paced language.

Treating Aphasia

Treatment for aphasia includes speech therapy, group therapy to practice communication skills, learning to use other forms of communication. Using computers to help form sounds.

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Jovita Moore is resting and recovering ahead of her move to a rehab facility after undergoing brain surgery one week ago.

Channel 2 Action News reports she is expected to remain in the hospital through Friday, April 23, when she will move to a rehab facility to continue her healing process.

Jovita was diagnosed with two small brain tumors after noticing neurological symptoms on April 12.

Just before going on air that day, Jovita told Channel 2's Justin Farmer that she wasn't feeling great.

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"I was really concerned about why all of a sudden I was forgetful, disoriented and just not feeling myself. Feeling like I was in a fog and really wanting to get out of that fog," Jovita said.

Later, as she walked through a grocery store parking lot, she felt lightheaded. "I was walking. I remember walking across parking lot and feeling like I wasn't going to make it to the door. I was walking like in quicksand," Jovita said.

"It was a blessing in disguise that I almost passed out walking into Publix," Jovita said.

A brain scan revealed the brain tumors.

"It's significant. It's gonna be a lot," Jovita said before the surgery. "We had to start then having a conversation about what that was and what that meant."

"Not sure when I'll be back on air but when I'm able, I will be," she said.

More than 23,000 viewers left messages of support for Jovita on her WSB-TV page.

Cards and flowers for Jovita may be sent to WSB-TV (1601 W. Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30309).

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Emmy-winning news anchor Jovita Moore underwent surgery to remove two small brain tumors early Friday morning.

Jovita worked as a news reporter and anchor at Channel 2 Action News for two decades.

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Just before going on the air Monday, Jovita told Channel 2's Justin Farmer that she wasn't feeling well.

Later, as she walked through a grocery store parking lot, she felt lightheaded. "I was walking. I remember walking across parking lot and feeling like I wasn't going to make it to the door. I was walking like in quicksand," Jovita said.

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She was rushed to an emergency room, where a brain scan revealed two small brain masses.

Jovita told co-workers she was sometimes "forgetful, disoriented and just not feeling myself."

What is a Brain Tumor?

A brain tumor occurs when abnormal brain cells clump together to form a mass. As the tumor grows, it presses on the surrounding tissue. Eventually, the pressure on surrounding structures causes symptoms, such as in Jovita's case.

Brain tumors can remain in the brain or metastasize (spread) elsewhere in the body.

Cancer in other parts of the body, such as the lungs, can metastasize to the brain.

Tumors may be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

What are the risk factors for a brain tumor?

A family history of cancer is one of the risk factors. About 5 to 10 percent of all cancers are hereditary.

Brain tumors are diagnosed more often in Caucasians and biracial, mixed people.

Certain chemicals, such as industrial cleaners, solvents, or medications can increase your risk for brain cancer.

Exposure to radiation can also increase risk.

According to the American Brain Tumor Association, people who never had childhood chicken pox are at greater risk of getting brain tumors.

Signs and symptoms of a brain tumor

Signs and symptoms of a brain tumor depends on the type, size, and location of the tumor within the brain. The space surrounding the brain inside the skull doesn't allow for much wiggle room. A tumor, or even an aneursym, will press on surrounding tissues causing noticeable signs and symptoms.

Signs & symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, vertigo
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Loss of balance
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Confusion, disorientation
  • Change in mental status
  • Memory loss
  • Hand tremors
  • Difficulty walking
  • Numbness or tingling on one side of the body
  • Difficulty speaking
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    How are brain tumors diagnosed?

    Your doctor will order diagnostic tests and perform a physical exam. The doctor will use an ophthalmoscope to visualize your optic nerves inside your eues. The scope shines a light in your eyes to see if your pupils are unequal or dilated.

    Diagnostic tests include CT scan, MRI, angiography and skull X-rays.

    How are brain tumors treated?

    Treatment depends on the type, size, and location of the tumor. The most common treatment is surgery to remove the tumor.

    Surgery can also be combined with chemotherapy and radiation.

    There are risks involved with brain surgery, such as loss of mobility, loss of speech and paralysis. Post-surgical infection is also likely.

    Patients may temporarily lose the ability to walk or speak after surgery, depending on the location of the tumor that was removed.

    Some patients will require physical therapy or speech therapy after surgery.

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    Former Vice President Joe Biden is not the same Joe Biden who served as former President Barack Obama's right-hand man. Today's Joe Biden is a shell of the man he used to be.

    He is the subject of mean-spirited internet memes and insensitive nicknames such as "Dementia Joe" and "Creepy Joe."

    There is even a website, joebidenhasdementia.com, that documents every instance of Biden's apparent mental decline.

    Despite his momentary mental lapses, Biden insists he does not have dementia. But his critics aren't so sure.

    What is Dementia?

    Dementia describes a group of neurological symptoms affecting memory, thought process, language, problem-solving, mobility and activities of daily living.

    What causes dementia?

    Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia. Other common causes of dementia include head trauma, Parkinson's disease, strokes, HIV/AIDS, medications, and vascular disorders that affect blood supply to the brain. There are more than 50 conditions that can cause dementia.

    Causes of dementia that can easily be reversed include hypothyroidism, vitamin B12 deficiency, Lyme disease, and neurosyphilis. Hearing loss may also be associated with dementia.

    What is Senile Dementia?

    Senile dementia is the long-term loss of cognitive, physical and intellectual ability caused by degeneration of brain cells. The condition is associated with old age and is incurable. Approximately 10% of people over the age of 65 have senile dementia.

    People with senile dementia will exhibit a decrease in cognitive and physical abilities, including inability to concentrate, recall information, problem-solve, speak, or feed and dress themselves without assistance.

    Signs & Symptoms

    Early signs of senile dementia include memory loss, forgetfulness, insomnia, confusion, disorientation (not knowing day or date), word salad (random words or phrases that don't make sense), fatigue, poor physical coordination (falling down often), withdrawing socially, poor short-term memory.

    Late stage signs of senile dementia include gradual weight loss caused by forgetting to eat or lack of appetite, unable to remember family members, wandering and getting lost, loss of all cognitive ability, loss of communication, poor short-term and long-term memory, poor personal hygiene, unable to bathe or dress self, loss of mobility, incontinence (involuntary defecation or urination), violent outbursts, visual and auditory hallucinations.

    Treatment

    There is no cure for senile dementia. Medications are prescribed to manage the symptoms. The medications are Aricept (donepezil), Excelon (rivastigmine) and Reminyl (galantamine).

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    Biden, who reportedly suffers from senile dementia, struggled badly while trying to discuss the coronavirus.

    The roundtable featured Biden along with embattled Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, discussing the coronavirus pandemic.

    When it was Biden's turn to talk, the 77-year-old struggled while trying to read off a teleprompter. He said more than 85,000 jobs have been lost and millions of people have died from the coronavirus. The numbers should have been the other way around.

    It was sad to watch.

    "We're ... in the middle of a pandemic that has cost us more than 85,000 jobs as of today. Lives of millions of people. Millions of people. Millions of jobs. You know, and we're in a position where, you know we just got new unemployment insurance, this morning, uh, numbers — 36.5 million claims since this crisis began."

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    Trump said, "Joe has absolutely no idea what's happening... He doesn't know he's alive."

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