Author Archive | David Schimp

Brain Abnormalities and Tinnitus

Neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center and Germany’s Technische Universität München suggest a brain abnormality may be responsible for tinnitus and for chronic pain.  The researchers postulate that neural mechanisms that normally “gate” or control noise and pain signals can become dysfunctional. Tinnitus can occur after the ears are damaged by loud noise, but even after the […]

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Spinal Cord Neuroplasticity

TAKE-HOME MESSAGE The spinal cord participates in the execution of skilled movements by translating signals from the cerebral cortex to the peripheral nervous system and ultimately to the muscular system. Emerging information suggests that the spinal cord does more than act as a passive relay of information from the cortex to the muscles. The spinal cord […]

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TBI, Inflammation and Brain Disease

Omega – 3 Fatty Acid Supplementation Post Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Take Home Message: Dietary supplementation with DHA (omega – 3 fatty acid) may act as a recovery aid, or possibly as a prophylactic nutritional measure, for mild traumatic brain injury. Chiropractic Neurologists engaged in the evaluation of mild traumatic brain injury/concussion may consider Omega – 3 fatty acid supplementation to be a potentially beneficial adjunct to case […]

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Nutritional Supplement may Improve Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

From Int J Immunopathol Pharmacol TAKE-HOME MESSAGE The authors compared efficiency of shock wave therapy versus nutraceutical composed of alpha lipoic acid, conjugated linoleic acid, anti-oxidants and Echinacea angustifolia for carpal tunnel syndrome A trend to better pain regression was identified in the nutraceutical group Abstract Even though the initial treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome […]

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Improving ideomotor limb apraxia by electrical stimulation of the left posterior parietal cortex

TAKE AWAY:  Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation is the application of a low amperage direct current applied to the scalp through sponge electrodes.  It is well tolerated and appears to be a safe modality for treatment of depression and chronic pain and is also being studied for its potential role in neurological rehabilitation.  The current study identifies a new […]

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Headache

An Association between Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Migraine Headaches—National Health Interview Survey, 2010

Take Home Message: Migraine headache and carpal tunnel syndrome may be associated. A history of migraine headache may be an early sign of an increased risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome.  It may be advisable for clinicians to perform a screening evaluation for signs or symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome in patients with migraine headache. […]

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The Peanut Butter Sniff Test for Alzheimer’s Assessment

J Neurol Sci. 2013 Oct 15;333(1-2):19-24. doi: 10.1016/j.jns.2013.06.033. Epub 2013 Aug 5. A brief olfactory test for Alzheimer’s disease. Stamps JJ1, Bartoshuk LM, Heilman KM. Author information Abstract BACKGROUND: The early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) may help reduce disability, enhance quality of life, and aid clinical trials. Portions of olfactory cortex are the initial […]

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Vestibular Apparatus

Inner Ear Vestibular Signals Regulate Bone Remodeling

An original article is soon to be published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (1) that identifies a link between bone formation and the vestibular system.  The study found that bilateral vestibular lesions in mice cause a low bone mass phenotype associated with decreased bone formation and increased bone resorption. The inner ear vestibular system […]

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Brain and Nerves

Women With Multiple Sclerosis May Have Lower Levels of Anti-Inflammatory Nutrients

Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system that destroys the protective covering of nerve fibers.  Nerve impulses between the brain and other regions of the body become disrupted and individuals with multiple sclerosis may experience a broad variety of neurological symptom.  Common symptoms may include; incoordination, weakness, difficulty walking, visual disturbances, […]

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