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Vitamin D Levels Effect Stroke Outcome

American stroke association meeting report abstract Study Highlights:  In this study stroke patients with low vitamin D levels have more tissue damage resulting from their strokes than patients with normal vitamin D levels. Patients with low vitamin D were found to be less likely than those with normal levels to have good outcomes in the...

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Motorized Cycling May Prime Brain for Relearning After Stroke

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 12, 2015 – Exercise on a motorized stationary bike appeared to give stroke patients an advantage in relearning everyday tasks and improved motor function of their arms, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015. Aerobic exercise has been shown to help the brain learn information. The...

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Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and the Pediatric Patient

Article Review OBJECTIVE Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) affects >1 million pediatric patients annually. There are no guidelines available to guide a clinician in the treatment of post-traumatic headache (PTH) in the pediatric patient. This study investigated treatment and outcomes in pediatric patients with post-traumatic headache. METHODS Medical records of all patients (age 13-18 yrs.)...

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Manipulation Effective for the Treatment of Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical radiculopathy is a condition the can cause pain or numbness in a person’s upper extremity.  It is often the result of a pinched nerve in the neck.  A study published in the February issue of the journal Clinical Rehabilitation (1) found moderate level evidence to support the immediate effectiveness of cervical spine manipulation in patients with degenerative...

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Significance of neurovascular contact in classical trigeminal neuralgia

Neurovascular contact is considered a frequent cause of classical trigeminal neuralgia and microvascular decompression with transposition of a blood vessel is preferred over other surgical options in medically refractory patients with classical trigeminal neuralgia. However, the prevalence of neurovascular contact has not been investigated in a representative cohort of patients with classical trigeminal neuralgia based...

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Commonly prescribed drug for lower back pain not effective

A recent study in the journal Neurology (1) found that pregabalin, marketed by Pfizer under the name Lyrica, is not effective for the treatment of chronic low back pain syndromes like lumbar spinal stenosis.  This study demonstrated a lack of relief with the use of pregabalin for walking pain associated with lumbar spinal stenosis.  Given the...

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Daily Physical Activity Reduces Parkinson’s Disease Risk

Published in Neurology Physical Activity and the Risk for Parkinson’s Disease Brain: A Journal of Neurology Physical exercise has been associated with neuroprotective effects in the nigrostriatal dopaminergic system. To examine the impact of physical activity on Parkinson’s disease risk prospectively, we followed 43 368 individuals who provided extensive information on physical activity at baseline. We...

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What is a Chiropractic Neurologist?

Like allopathic medicine, the field of chiropractic medicine has subspecialties of clinical practice.  The more common subspecialties include orthopedics, neurology, radiology, pediatrics, sports medicine, internal medicine, acupuncture, nutrition, and forensic sciences. A chiropractic physician board certified in neurology is called a chiropractic neurologist.  To become board certified, the chiropractor has attended at least 300 hours...

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Motorized Cycling May Prime Brain for Relearning After Stroke

Motorized Cycling May Prime Brain for Relearning After Stroke American Heart Association (AHA) NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 12, 2015 – Exercise on a motorized stationary bike appeared to give stroke patients an advantage in relearning everyday tasks and improved motor function of their arms, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference...

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Regular Exercise Fights Depression

Exercise may reduce depression in adults with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions, states a systematic review conducted by researchers at West Virginia University, Morgantown, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta. Given the improvement in reducing depression with exercise along with the lack of adverse events, “it would appear plausible to suggest...

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