ICCN ARTICLES

  • Spinal Manipulation May Help Stroke Patients
    Published: Brain Sciences (open access) Take Home Message Stroke patients may face a severe decline in quality of life Neuroplasticity allows for stroke recovery Spinal manipulation shows promise as a mechanism to improve the function of stroke patients. Patients studied improved in areas of pain perception, memory and navigation. Abstract Stroke impairments often present as cognitive and motor deficits, leading to a decline in quality of life. Recovery strategy and mechanisms, such as neuroplasticity, are important … Continue reading
  • Dr. Taylor Published
    It has come to our attention that Dr. David Taylor, ICCN Board Secretary, has been busy writing and publishing peer reviewed articles.  He has recently published three works.  Best Practices for Chiropractic Management of Patients with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline was published in the Journal of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine.  It is a very well thought out work supporting our services in the treatment of acute and chronic LBP, headache, hip osteoarthritis … Continue reading
  • Dr. Boesch Published in History of Chiropractic Journal
    Dr. Ron Boesch (Neurology and Pain Management) was published this month in the Journal of Chiropractic History. His paper was on the efforts the International Chiropractic Association (ICA) used to increase athletes access to chiropractic. The ICA had developed a commission to spearhead professional and amateur athlete awareness and benefits of chiropractic. This months Journal contents can be reviewed here. https://www.historyofchiropractic.org/the-journal/current-issue/ Interested parties can also get access to the article through this Association of Chiropractic … Continue reading
  • ICCN Website Update
    The ICCN tech team has finalized the new website. The site should look the same but there are robust changes were “under the hood”.  You should get noticed when new postings are up and now you can log in to read the postings. The site is more stable and updated for improved function. We have a lot of research posted on our site that is relevant to neurology and the pain patient.  Take a look and … Continue reading
  • SPECIFIC EXERCISES REDUCE CHRONIC LBP
    Published in Neurology TAKE HOME MESSAGE Specific Muscular Training (SMT) was superior to basic core stability and flexibility training in managing LBP SMT consisted of training activities that limited lumbar spine end range of motion while increasing hip hinge capacity.  SMT was designed to improve proper lumbar spine movement when involved in daily activities Patients with chronic LBP may benefit better from exercises designed to teach proper movement patterns instead of focusing on flexibility or … Continue reading
  • History of Covid-19 Infection Protects from Re-infection.
    Published in Lancet TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Chiropractic neurologists and chiropractic pain physicians must remain up to date on health crises as they present in the culture There was an open question regarding the immunity gained via direct covid-19 infection and the length of time the immunity was effective This study shows that patients with a history of Covid-19 infection had an 84% lower risk of reinfection. The study had 2500 participants followed for 12 months. Protection … Continue reading
  • Capsaicin – Potential Solution for Chronic Pain Treatment
    Abstract: Chronic pain is a painful condition defined by its duration where pain persists three months or more. Pain is connected with the high price of health care, work inability and disability. Moreover, it has significant consequences for patients and their families, working organizations and the society as a whole. The prevalence of chronic pain can range between 11.0% and 51.3% in general population. Pain is usually coherent with distress and a range of psychological … Continue reading
  • Headache in Patients With Covid-19 Infection
    Published in Headache TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Chiropractic physicians board certified in neurology and pain management often manage patients with headache, are essential healthcare workers and are engaged in the fight against Covid-19 and co-morbid presentations. The authors summarize current literature regarding headache and Covid-19 and note that headache is a common complaint of patients presenting with acute COVID-19 infection. Covid-19 headaches present as a pressure sensation.   For symptomatic management, the authors recommend typical treatments with … Continue reading
  • Migraine as a Cortical Brain Disorder
    TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Migraine has been a difficult condition to fully understand Advanced neuroimaging data and neurophysiological research indicate that fluctuating excitability, plasticity, and metabolism of cortical neurons represent the pathophysiological substrate of the migraine cycle. Migraine disorder stems, in part, from an imbalance in inhibitory/excitatory cortical circuits Spinal Manipulative Therapy (SMT) has been found to have an effect on the pre-frontal cortex and this may explain why some migraine patients improve with SMT. Physicians with … Continue reading
  • The role of structure and function changes of sensory nervous system in intervertebral disc-related low back pain
    Summary:Low back pain (LBP) is a common musculoskeletal symptom, which can be developed in multiple clinical diseases. It is widely recognized that intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration (IVDD) is one of the leading causes of LBP. However, the pathogenesis of IVD-related LBP is still controversial, and the treatment means are also insufficient to date. In recent decades, the role of structure and function changes of sensory nervous system in the induction and the maintenance of LBP … Continue reading
  • Melatonin for Acute Treatment of Migraine in Children and Adolescents: A Pilot Randomized Trial
    Abstract ObjectiveTo determine what dose of melatonin is most effective for treating migraine acutely in children and adolescents. BackgroundAcute migraine medications may not work for all patients and may cause side effects. Melatonin is effective for migraine prevention in adults and has been used acutely for procedural pain in children. Our goal was to determine whether a “high” or “low” dose of melatonin is more effective for treating migraine acutely in youth. MethodsIn this pilot, … Continue reading
  • Neurological Complications Associated with the Blood-Brain Barrier Damage Induced by the Inflammatory Response During SARS-CoV-2 Infection
    Abstract The main discussion above of the novel pathogenic severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection has focused substantially on the immediate risks and impact on the respiratory system; however, the effects induced to the central nervous system are currently unknown. Some authors have suggested that SARS-CoV-2 infection can dramatically affect brain function and exacerbate neurodegenerative diseases in patients, but the mechanisms have not been entirely described. In this review, we gather information from … Continue reading
  • Associations of Psychologic Factors with Multiple Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions
    Aims: To characterize psychologic functioning across five chronic overlapping pain conditions (COPCs)-temporomandibular disorders, fibromyalgia, low back pain, headache, and irritable bowel syndrome-and their overlaps. Methods: Participants were 655 adults in the OPPERA study. Psychologic variables were standardized in separate logistic regression models to compare their relative strength of association with each COPC. Random forest regression was used to explore the association of all psychologic measures with COPCs simultaneously. Linear regression analyses examined whether the count … Continue reading
  • Dietary Vitamin E Intake Was Inversely Associated with Hyperuricemia in US Adults: NHANES 2009–2014 — Implications for gout management?
    Introduction: Current evidence on the association between dietary vitamin E intake and hyperuricemia risk is limited and conflicting. Objective: The aim of the study was to assess the association of dietary vitamin E intake with hyperuricemia in US adults. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional study using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2009–2014. Dietary vitamin E intake was evaluated through two 24-h dietary recall interviews. Logistic regression and restricted cubic spline models … Continue reading
  • The Cost-Effectiveness of Platelet-Rich Plasma Compared With Hyaluronic Acid Injections for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis
    Although a series of either PRP ($8,635.23/QALY) or HA ($5,331.75/QALY) injections for the treatment of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis would be considered cost-effective (cost per QALY < $50,000), PRP injections were not more cost-effective than HA injections. However, PRP was significantly more effective at 1 year, and being associated with an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio of $12,628.15/QALY when compared with HA, a series of PRP injections should be considered a reasonable and acceptable alternative to HA injections … Continue reading
  • Neurologic Manifestations of Hospitalized Patients With Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Wuhan, China
    Take Home Message 36.4% of patients with Covid-19 exhibit neurological symptoms. Chiropractic neurologist should be vigilant when examining patients with headache, dizziness, impaired smell and taste, impaired vision, musculoskeletal pain and nerve pain. When examining patients even without fever, consider Covid-19 as a possible cause of the patients problem. Abstract Importance  The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Wuhan, China, is serious and has the potential to become an epidemic worldwide. Several studies have described … Continue reading
  • ICCN Supports AAPM DCs
    The ICCN is now offering credentialing support for chiropractors board certified by the American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM) also known by its newer name the Academy of Integrative Pain Management (AIPM). The AAPM/AIPM went bankrupt in January 2019 leaving all members hanging. Some AAPM members had recently paid their fees and provided credentialing CE hours only to see it all evaporate. The bankruptcy of the AAPM was blamed on declining membership, loss of revenue … Continue reading
  • Mediterranean Diet Is Associated With Lower Probability of Prodromal Parkinson’s Disease
    TAKE-HOME MESSAGE A Mediterranean diet seems to delay the onset of Parkinson’s disease (PD) in an elderly population. Researchers used the Movement Disorder Society (MDS) research criteria for prodromal Parkinson’s Disease along with measuring the dietary habits of a population in Greece. Eating a Mediterranean diet may result in delayed onset or lower incidence of PD. Abstract BACKGROUND The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society recently introduced a methodology for probability score calculation for prodromal … Continue reading
  • Multiple joint pains associated with poor psychosocial health and increased medication use.
    Take Home Message Psychological status is compromised in patients suffering joint pains in multiple joints Medication use increases for patients suffering with pain in multiple joints Clinicians may improve psychological status of their patients by controlling the inflammatory response through deflaming the body. Abstract Background Musculoskeletal pain frequently occurs in more than one body region, with up to 80% of adults reporting more than one joint pain site in the last 12 months. Older people and … Continue reading
  • Ultrasound Is a Reproducible Diagnostic Tool in Peripheral Neuropathy
    Nerve Ultrasound: A Reproducible Diagnostic Tool in Peripheral Neuropathy TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Peripheral neuropathies are now being evaluated by the use of diagnostic ultrasound. Standard protocols were used by the authors of this prospective, multicenter study.  The cross section of the median, ulnar, fibular, tibial, sural nerves, and brachial plexus were measured in patients with acquired chronic demyelinating or axonal polyneuropathy and in healthy controls. Systematic differences between measurements made by different investigators were small Nerve … Continue reading
  • ICCN President Challenges UHC Policy on Headache
    Dr. Richard Cole, President of the ICCN challenged United Healthcare’s new policy that prohibits reimbursement for spinal manipulation for the treatment of headache pain.  The challenge was in the form of a letter that Dr. Cole sent today to Mr. Dan Schumacher, president and CEO of United Healthcare. “At a time when everyone is looking for alternative pain treatment to fight the opioid addiction, this is a really stupid move.” stated Dr. Cole.   “This decision … Continue reading
  • Manipulation Does Not Cause Dissection
    Manipulation Does Not Cause Dissection TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Early case reports suggested that cervical manipulation (CM) was the cause of cervical artery dissection (CAD) in patients and their resultant cerebrovascular accidents. Cassidy published a 2008 report in Spine calling this assertion into question and found that the association of dissection following chiropractic physician exposure was similar to exposure to primary care physicians. Since that time, multiple papers have continued call into question whether CM was causative of CAD. Based … Continue reading
  • Functional Neurology Investigated
    Functional Neurology Investigated Take Home Message: Functional neurology (FN) is a novel approach of understanding, diagnosing and managing a wide variety of neurological and musculoskeletal complaints In this review, the authors describe the functional neurology approach to neurological disease using standard and unique neurological understanding and testing procedures. As with many novel techniques, FN has been highly criticized for a lack of scientific support, stating that the therapeutic approach is ahead of the scientific evidence … Continue reading
  • Spontaneous Vertebral Artery Dissection
    Spontaneous Vertebral Artery Dissection Take Home Message: Vertebral artery dissection (VAD) has been associated with fast neck movements including cervical manipulation (CM) Recent research has called into question any role cervical manipulation may play with regard to causing VAD This article demonstrates a fully spontaneous VAD without exposure to cervical manipulation, sports trauma or fast neck movements. This article adds to the literature that calls into question any relationship between CM and VAD. Abstract The article represents a … Continue reading
  • Dr. Taylor Published in JCM
    Dr. Taylor Published in JCM Our own Dr. David Taylor was published in the March 2017 edition of JCM in a pilot study on concussion.  It is fair to say that some of the best research being done in concussion is from the world of chiropractic medicine and we are thrilled to see Dr. Taylor as a part of the body of literature. Here is the abstract for you to review.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28228694 David’s article can … Continue reading
  • Underrecognized Sleep Disorders Persist Following mTBI
    Underrecognized Sleep Disorders Persist Following mTBI TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Increased sleep needs are likely part of the recovery process after traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, there is increasing recognition that many patients have long-term sleep–wake disturbances as a residual consequence of TBI. In this comprehensive prospective study, patients with first-ever TBI were followed and a sleep assessment was performed 18 months after the trauma. Findings included: Sleep needs per 24 hours were persistently increased in TBI patients … Continue reading
  • Surfer’s Myelopathy
    Key Points:   Surfer’s myelopathy is a rare, acute, atraumatic myelopathy that occurs in novice surfers. Afflicted individuals are often thin, have poorly developed back musculature, but are otherwise healthy. Symptoms typically start with mild or intense back pain, rapidly progressing to complete or incomplete myelopathy. Clinical and imaging findings have suggested a vascular etiology leading to acute spinal infarction. T2 MRI characteristically exhibits increased signal intensity within the central portion of the spinal cord … Continue reading
  • Dr. Ron Fudala Published in Dynamic Chiropractic
    Dr. Ron Fudala Published in Dynamic Chiropractic ICCN Newswire:  ICCN member Dr. Ron Fudala lectured on lumbar spinal stenosis at the Mid South Spine Symposium in Memphis, TN in February 2016.  His lecture was stimulating and greatly appreciated by those in attendance. Since Dr. Fudala had done the research to prepare for his lectures, he decided to write up the info for publication in Dynamic Chiropractic (DC).  DC is a trade journal with a distribution … Continue reading
  • Even Mild Head Impact Impairs Vision
    Even Mild Head Impact Impairs Vision TAKE-HOME MESSAGE It is fully understood that concussion results in visual near point convergence (NPC) impairment. However, this article demonstrates that NPC is impaired even with multiple subconcussive head impacts.  Though the authors believe NPC may become a tool in measuring and evaluating brain injury severity, it is my opinion that they have proven the opposite. Now we know that NPC is impaired following even subclinical and minor head bumps … Continue reading
  • Melatonin Helps Headaches
    Melatonin Helps Headaches TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Levels of the pineal hormone melatonin have been found to be low in migraine and in cluster headache. Melatonin acts as a biological clock for sleep, an antioxidant, an antihypertensive, an anxiolytic and a sedative. Oral melatonin has shown promising results in migraine prevention. This study demonstrated that 4mg of oral melatonin 30 minutes before bedtime demonstrated a significant reduction in tension type and migraine headaches. Chiropractic neurologists managing headaches … Continue reading
  • Spinal Manipulation Changes Brain Processing
    Spinal Manipulation Changes Brain Processing TAKE-HOME Message For the past 15 years, researchers have observed changes in brain processing following spinal manipulation (SM). This article demonstrates that changes occur in the prefrontal cortex following cervical SM over areas of segmental dysfunction. The prefrontal cortex plays a vital role in sensory motor integration and higher executive function. This finding may answer why patients experience generalized pain improvement following SM and further supports the conclusion that SM … Continue reading
  • Migraineurs Suffer Restless Legs
    Migraineurs Suffer Restless Legs TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Poor sleep is a confounder in migraine recovery and tends to increase migraine incidence. Restless leg syndrome (RLS) impairs high quality sleep. In this large study, migraine patients were found to have a higher prevalence of RLS than normal controls and their RLS symptoms were much worse. Efforts to control migraine that also address RLS may lead to better outcomes. Abstract BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Our aim was to study not … Continue reading
  • Pediatric Migraine and Stroke
    Pediatric Migraine and Stroke TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Managing the pediatric headache is often complicated and understanding the risk factors faced by the pediatric patient is essential. This case demonstrates adolescent miganeurs seem to have an increase risk of ischemic stroke. However, that younger children with migraines do not share that risk profile. Abstract IMPORTANCE Our understanding of risk factors for childhood stroke is incomplete. In adults, migraine with aura is associated with a two-fold increase in … Continue reading
  • Palpation Enhances Headache Diagnosis
    Palpation Enhances Headache Diagnosis TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Chiropractic physicians have historically relied heavily on palpation skills in their examination process. Medical physicians have been criticized for a reduction in use of manual examination and have begun to rely more solely on laboratory and radiographic examination. This article affirms that manual examination of the spine enhances the diagnostic accuracy of cervicogenic headache. Chiropractic physicians are well positioned to differentiate headache types due to their patient examination approach. Abstract … Continue reading
  • Stomach Medicine Found to Cause Dementia
    Stomach Medicine Found to Cause Dementia TAKE- HOME MESSAGE Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are commonly used to treat gastro-esophageal reflux disorders (GERD) and ulcers. A recent article published in JAMA Neurology has found that PPIs have been identified as being at risk for causing dementia. Chiropractic physicians may discuss this complication with their patients and advise patients who may be candidates for alternative treatment for GERD and ulcers. Abstract IMPORTANCE Medications that influence the risk … Continue reading
  • Fitness Predicts Brain Volume
    Fitness Predicts Brain Volume TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Cognitive decline is a significant health problem plaguing millions of aging seniors. Prevention of cognitive decline is a goal of many and is attempted using diet and lifestyle modification This article provides proof that poor cardiovascular (CV) fitness is predictive of decreased brain volume two decades later in life. Neurologists should be encouraging midlife CV fitness as a prevention of brain aging. Abstract Objective: To determine whether poor cardiovascular (CV) … Continue reading
  • Manipulation Better for Headache than Mobilization
    Manipulation Better for Headache than Mobilization TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Headache is a significant health condition suffered by millions of people in the US costing billions of dollars in treatment and time off from work. As many as 20% of headaches are classified as cervicogenic headaches (CH). Chiropractic physicians have reported excellent results on CH using cervical and thoracic spinal manipulation (SM). However, mobilization has also been reported as being successful in managing CH. This study demonstrates that cervical … Continue reading
  • Encephalopathy and Delirium from Antibiotics
    Encephalopathy and Delirium from Antibiotics TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Antibiotics, as a class of drugs, are under-recognized as a cause of deliriumand other brain problems. Researchers from Harvard Medical School conducted a comprehensive review of the clinical, radiologic, and electrophysiologic features of antibiotic-associated encephalopathy (AAE). They analyzed case reports on 391 patients over 70 years who were administered antibiotics and later developed delirium and other brain problems. Over 50 different antibiotics were studied from 12 different classes ranging from … Continue reading
  • Exercise Improves Mood, Cognition, and Sleep in Parkinson’s
    Exercise Improves Mood, Cognition, and Sleep in Parkinson’s Disease Open Access here TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Parkinson’s patients suffer with mood disorders, cognition and sleep disorders as components of their condition. This paper demonstrates how and why regular exercise is a major aid in managing the concurrent symptoms of mood disorders, poor cognition and impaired sleep. Overall, aerobic and strength training appears to be beneficial for these non-motor findings and have an excellent side-effect profile. Several mechanisms … Continue reading
  • Neck Pain and Headache
    Neck Pain and Headache TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Headaches remain a significant disorder suffered by the public. The estimated global one-year period prevalence for headache is about 10% for migraine and about 38% for tension-type headache (TTH) This study measures the high association between neck pain and pure TTH (88.4%) and TTH plus migraine (89.3%) This finding does not surprise chiropractic neurologist and confirms in research what is commonly observed in the clinical setting. Chiropractic physicians with an … Continue reading
  • New Form of Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease Identified
    New Form of Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease Identified TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease is a dystrophy with an ever-growing list of genetic etiologies. The authors describe a new type of CMT that presents as an axonal motor and sensory neuropathy caused by mutations in the microrchidia family CW-type zinc finger 2 (MORC2) gene. Two types of this syndrome are described, one with early onset presenting as a spinal muscular atrophy–like disease, another with later onset that starts … Continue reading
  • TBI, Inflammation and Brain Disease
    TBI, Inflammation and Brain Disease TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been found to lead to a host of chronic neurodegenerative disorders Neuroinflammation may be the cause of the chronic disease state of the brain and subsequent brain degeneration. Pharmacologic therapies are discussed Nutritional options of controlling brain inflammation should be encouraged by all physicians managing patients involved in collision sports and patients suffering TBI from falls and accidents. Abstract It has long been suggested … Continue reading
  • Low Frequency Sound Improves Fibromyalgia
    Low Frequency Sound Improves Fibromyalgia TAKE – HOME MESSAGE Fibromyalgia morbidity continues to plague 2-4% of the population, 80 percent of victims are women. There is currently no cure for Fibromyalgia and the best treatment approaches tend to be a blend of pharmacology and non-pharmacological treatments. Abnormalities in pain processing have been identified at various levels in the peripheral, central and sympathetic nervous systems, as well as the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis stress-response system. Nineteen females with … Continue reading
  • Apathy, Depression, and White Matter Changes
    Apathy, Depression, and White Matter Changes TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Apathy and depression are common morbidities related to cerebrovascular disease. Clinically, the two are often difficult to differentiate, and there is clear overlap. The authors used MRI imaging to assess the relationship between white matter disruption and depression, apathy, and cognitive impairment. Then they investigated particular brain regions associated with the symptoms using whole-brain voxel-based analysis. The authors found that, in patients with small-vessel disease, the prevalence … Continue reading
  • Coconut Oil in Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease
    Coconut Oil in Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a complex  disease  that  progresses  over  many  years,  such  as diabetes,  heart  disease  and  other  chronic A number of factors may increase or decrease an individual’s chances of developing the AD, including age, genetics, environment, lifestyle and metabolic diseases. Coconut may be beneficial in the treatment of obesity, dyslipidemia, elevated LDL, insulin resistance and hypertension – these are the risk factors for … Continue reading
  • Open Letter to Non-Member Neurologists
    Dear Neurologist, The International College of Chiropractic Neurology (ICCN) is reaching out to chiropractic physicians credentialed in neurology with an offer for membership in our organization.    The ICCN was formed as and evidence informed neurology association and credentialing board for chiropractic neurologists.  We are currently accepting neurologist for membership credentialed by the following boards:  American Chiropractic Neurology Board (DACNB) International Board of Chiropractic Neurology (DIBCN) American Chiropractic Academy of Neurology (DACAN) Chiropractic Board of … Continue reading
  • Vitamin E and Alzheimer’s Disease
    Vitamin E and Alzheimer’s Disease [Article in Japanese] TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Oxidative Stress has been suggested as a causative factor in the development of Alzheimer’s disease Vitamin E, an antioxideant, has been recommended in the prevention or treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have demonstrated a decrease in cognative decline for Alzheimer’s patients treated with vitamin E, but no cognative improvement for patients with mild cognative impairment. Further studies are needed to establish a role for vitamin E in the treatment or … Continue reading
  • The Basis for Restoring Function Following Spinal Cord Injury
    The Basis for Restoring Function Following Spinal Cord Injury TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Neurologists who are interested in the restoration of function of patients suffering spinal cord injuries must fully understand the normal function of the spinal cord and identify the specific structures that are injured There are very different problems that a patient will face following spinal cord injury and they are based on the exact structures that are damaged and the impaired physiology. This review … Continue reading
  • Rivermead and Trail-Making Tests Reliably Predict Concussion Recovery
    Rivermead and Trail-Making Tests Reliably Predict Concussion Recovery TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Concussion diagnosis and management continues to be a source of concern for clinicians and there remains a need for valid instruments to predict concussion recovery The Rivermead Post Concussion Symptom Questionnaire (RPQ) and the Trail-making test (TMT) have been proven by this study to substantially predict moderate to severe limitations. The RPQ and TMT instruments are easy to administer and may be helpful to clinicians … Continue reading
  • Chiropractor Identifies Dissection in Process
    Chiropractor Identifies Dissection in Process TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Neck pain and headache are common complaints that respond well to chiropractic cervical manipulation. Cervical manipulation has recently been blamed as a causative factor in vertebral artery dissections. Vertebral artery dissection in process primarily presents as neck pain and headache. Recent research suggests that cervical manipulation does not cause vertebral artery dissections but that patients with dissections in process enter with neck pain and headache and the dissection is … Continue reading
  • Metformin May Lead To Peripheral Neuropathy
    Metformin May Lead To Peripheral Neuropathy TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Patients with diabetes fear diabetic neuropathy and often treat their diabetic condition with Metformin. It is known that Metformin lowers serum vitamin B12 and increases methylmalonic acid (MMA). MMA is a gold standard biomarker for B12 deficiency. MMA has been shown to damage the dorsal root ganglia This study demonstrates that the B12 deficiency caused by Metformin leads to an increased risk for peripheral neuropathy. Alternatives to Metformin … Continue reading
  • Low Vitamin D Associated With Accelerated Cognitive Decline
    Low Vitamin D Associated With Accelerated Cognitive Decline From JAMA Neurology TAKE-HOME MESSAGE In this study, Hispanic and African-American study participants had lower Vitamin D (VitD) levels than whites. Lower VitD levels was associated with accelerated Cognitive decline. This study did not evaluate whether D2 or D3 supplementation would prevent or reduce cognitive decline. That has yet to be established. The wise neurologist ensures that 25HOD levels are in the range of 40-50 ng/mL Abstract … Continue reading
  • Statin Therapy May Impair Memory
    Statin Therapy May Impair Memory TAKE-HOME MESSAGE A comparison was performed between patients on statin Lipid Lowering Drugs (LLDs), people on non-statin LLDs and controls. There was found a strong association between initiation of LLD therapy using statins and non-statins and acute memory loss within 30 days of starting therapy. Unfortunately, both statin and non-statin therapy groups demonstrated memory impairment It is not clear at this point whether the LLD therapy caused the memory loss or … Continue reading
  • Intracranial Hypotension and CMT
    Intracranial Hypotension and CMT TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Intracranial Hypotension (IH) is a common sequela following lumbar puncture. Rarely, there are reports of IH following even minor neck trauma. It is hypothesized that neck trauma may cause slight tears in dural structures resulting in IH. Case reports have suggested that chiropractic manipulative therapy (CMT) has led to IH and that patients suffering IH should be questioned regarding exposure to CMT. This review highlights the poor quality of … Continue reading
  • Tai Chi Improves Parkinson’s Symptoms
    Tai Chi Improves Parkinson’s Symptoms TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Immobility and balance disturbances are suffered by Parkinson’s patients. This study compared balance and mobility for Parkinson’s patients following a Tai Chi program. The study participants were highly satisfied with the Tai Chi program. Balance and mobility were improved by Tai Chi exercises. Abstract  BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: In Parkinson’s disease (PD), wearing off and side effects of long-term medication and complications pose challenges for neurologists. Although Tai Chi … Continue reading
  • Childhood Concussion Symptoms May Linger
    Childhood Concussion Symptoms May Linger TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Childhood concussion, recovery from mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and return to play guidelines remain a serious point of discussion in the healthcare community. In this study, 11.8% of patients remained symptomatic 3 months after the injury. A subset of patients had symptoms return after resolution. Inconsistent reporting of symptoms between patients and caregivers was identified. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND Improving our knowledge about the natural history and persistence of … Continue reading
  • Older individuals Recover Slower from Concussion
    Older individuals Recover Slower from Concussion TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Functional MRI has been used recently to more clearly understand brain function In this study, fMRI was used to measure the working memory of persons suffering mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) Younger patients showed a tendency for greater post-concussive symptoms Older individuals demonstrated a slower recovery rate from mTBI Younger patients may have greater neuroplasticity. Abstract Purpose To evaluate the age effect on working memory (WM) performance … Continue reading
  • No Neck Artery Damage From Chiropractic Manipulation
    No Neck Artery Damage From Chiropractic Manipulation TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Chiropractic physicians have been accused of damaging arteries in the neck with spinal manipulation. Recent epidemiologic studies have called that assertion into question. In fact, research has proven that exposure to chiropractic manipulation causes no more damage to neck arteries than exposure to a general medical practitioner. In this study, researchers measure the stress placed on vertebral arteries during cervical ROM and during manipulation. Manipulation places … Continue reading
  • 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 injury has resolved and the brain has reorganizes itself, it continues to “hear” a constant hum.  This can also be true … Continue reading
  • Statin Myopathy: Recognizing a Unique Phenotype
    Introduction: Most cases of muscle symptoms associated with statin use are a direct (toxic) effect of the statin on muscle tissue, typically begin in proximity to the initiation of statin therapy, and resolve after the statin is discontinued. Statin-associated autoimmune necrotizing myopathy (S-ANM), an immune-mediated disease is a relative new comer to the range of statin induced myopathic disorders. It’s unique features lead to difficulty in both diagnosis and treatment. The key features of S-ANM, … Continue reading
  • Diagnosing Parkinson’s using Clinical and Genetic Classification
    Diagnosing Parkinson’s using Clinical and Genetic Classification TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Chiropractic neurologists often see patients with Parkinson’s disease due to the stiffness that accompanies the condition.  Often the chiropractic neurologist is the first person to suspect Parkinson’s as a diagnosis. In this study, the authors developed a classification model for diagnosing Parkinson’s disease. The model was developed using information from the Parkinson’s Progression Marker Initiative and was tested on 825 Parkinson’s patients and 261 controls. The model … Continue reading
  • A Patient’s Beliefs About Back Pain Control Recovery
    A Patient’s Beliefs About Back Pain Control Recovery TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Past studies have proven that a patient’s perceptions about the nature of back pain have been found to be more predictive of the development of chronicity and disability than the nature of injury. Though this study is small, it confirms the previous research findings…. A person’s beliefs about back pain control the patient’s recovery. If the patient fears the chronicity disability, it will more than … Continue reading
  • Insulin Dysregulation May Impair Glucose Metabolism in Brain
    Insulin Dysregulation May Impair Glucose Metabolism in Brain Take Home Message: An imaging study of participants at risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has found that insulin resistance was associated with lower regional cerebral glucose metabolism, and that “this information will be central to developing prevention and treatment therapies centered on insulin dysregulation.” This cohort study shows that insulin resistance may be associated with neurocognitive deficits, especially memory deficits when the glucose metabolism dysfunction is present in … Continue reading
  • Chiropractic Manipulation Not Associated With VBA Stroke
    Chiropractic Manipulation Not Associated With VBA Stroke TAKE-HOME Message Spinal Manipulative Therapy (SMT) has been accused of causing vertebrobasilar dissection (VBD) and stroke. In his Ontario study, Cassidy found an association between VBD and chiropractor visits, but the association was identical to the association between VBD and primary care provider (PCP) visits.  This led to the conclusion that there was no causal relationship between SMT and VBD.  It was determined that patients with a VBD … Continue reading
  • Lipid Lowering Drugs and Acute Memory Impairment
    Lipid Lowering Drugs and Acute Memory Impairment TAKE-HOME MESSAGE In this article, a strong association was identified between initial lipid lowering drugs (LLDs) and diagnosis of acute memory loss within 30 days of therapy onset. The results show that the use of both statins and non-statin LLDs both increased the risk of acute memory loss in 30 days compared with controls. These results may indicate that all LLDs cause acute memory loss. Abstract IMPORTANCE Reports … Continue reading
  • A New Noninvasive Tinnitus Treatment
    A New Noninvasive Tinnitus Treatment TAKE-HOME MESSAGE The authors of this article use a technique they call Multimodal Synchronization Therapy (MST) to manage tinnitus The therapy uses multiple sensory, motor, limbic and cognitive inputs to elicit activation of multimodal neurons to potentially modulate specific neurons driving the perception of tinnitus. This article encourages chiropractic neurologists seeking conservative methods to alter CNS processing to improve health. A new concept for noninvasive tinnitus treatment utilizing multimodal pathways. … Continue reading
  • Brain Hemorrhage Risk Increases With Antidepressants and NSAIDs
    Brain Hemorrhage Risk Increases With Antidepressants and NSAIDs TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Chiropractic Neurologists often see patients suffering with chronic pain treated by NSAIDS and antidepressants womans health info The risk of intracranial hemorrhage within 30 days of drug use was greater for individuals treated with a combination of an antidepressant and an NSAID than for individuals receiving antidepressant therapy alone. Concurrent treatment with antidepressants and NSAIDs was associated with a greater risk of intracranial hemorrhage within … Continue reading
  • Laser Therapy New Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injuries?
    Laser Therapy New Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injuries? Take Home Message: Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) shows promise in promoting healing of the injured areas of the brain following traumatic brain injuries. These initial laboratory studies are now being followed up with clinical studies LLLT is a conservative mode of therapy in many chiropractic offices. The Chiropractic Neurologist who is trained in diagnosing brain injuries may now have a potential modality that can minimize the effects of … Continue reading
  • Cervical manipulation does not cause stroke in elderly.
    Cervical manipulation does not cause stroke in elderly. TAKE-HOME MESSAGE This is the first study exclusively evaluating the stroke association with CMT in the elderly patient. An evaluation was performed on 1,157,475 Medicare part B enrollees in 2007 There was no increased association of stroke when chiropractic physicians treated an elderly person with neck pain than when a primary care physician treated an elderly with neck pain. Conclusion: Chiropractic treatment of neck pain does not result … Continue reading
  • 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 appears to have an intrinsic ability to learn and undergo neuroplastic changes – findings that may yield new insights for … Continue reading
  • Better Classification for Low Back Pain.
    Better Classification for Low Back Pain. TAKE-HOME MESSAGE • Low back pain (LBP) is often classified based on perceived tissue damage. However, sub-acute and chronic pain is often not nociception based, but drifts to central pain mechanisms. Neuropathic pain further confounds the picture. • Chiropractic neurologists who work with LBP would do themselves and their patients a great favor if they would classify the pains based on a new approach. • This article suggests that LBP be classified … Continue reading
  • Ulnar Neuropathy: Localization Corresponds to Etiology and Pathology
    Key Points: Occupation and age may be predictive of the location and extent of pathology seen in Ulnar neuropathies. Ulnar neuropathies found in the dominant arm are more commonly axonal, localized to the humero-ulnar aponeurotic arcade, and associated with repetitive or forceful manual activities. Those in the non-dominant arm are more typically demyelinating, localized to the retro-condylar region, and associated with external compression in younger administrative workers. Precise localization of an Ulnar neuropathy may require … Continue reading
  • Skin Lesions Help To Diagnose Neuromuscular Disorders
    Skin Lesions Help To Diagnose Neuromuscular Disorders TAKE-HOME MESSAGE The incidence of skin lesions are found to be elevated in a number of NMDs, including dermatomyositis, myotonic dystrophies, mitochondrial disorders, muscular dystrophies, and neuropathies. Chiropractic neurologists should be reminded to examine the skin of patients when neuromuscular disorders are suspected.  Dermatologists may need to be consulted to manage the skin lesions identified. Abstract OBJECTIVES A thorough evaluation of the skin and its appendages is frequently … Continue reading
  • Vestibular Rehab Helps Combat Related PTST and mTBI patients.
    Vestibular Rehab Helps Combat Related PTST and mTBI patients   TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Combat veterans with PTSD from mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) may improve via vestibular rehabilitation This article tends to confirm PTSD following mTBI is a physical ailment rather than a psychiatric disorder Vestibular rehabilitation was altered to address the individual patient’s presentation. This article adds to the evidence that vestibular rehabilitation has a role in managing mTBI and PTSD. ABSTRACT  INTRODUCTION: Blast-related head … Continue reading
  • Pathological Changes Confirm the Neuropsychiatric Sequel to mTBI
    Pathological Changes Confirm the Neuropsychiatric Sequelae to mTBI TAKE-HOME MESSAGE There is now evidence of the neuropsychological sequelae related to mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Therefore it is imperative to inquire with your post-concussive patients and their family about behavior changes along with utilization of outcome measures, such as post-concussive assessment tools to detect these problems on initial presentation. This recent study with utilization of Diffusion Tension Imaging reveals changes in deep cerebral axonal degeneration … Continue reading
  • Cervical Manipulation Does Not Damage Healthy Vertebral Arteries.
    Cervical Manipulation Does Not Damage Healthy Vertebral Arteries. TAKE-HOME MESSAGE In this study, mechanical stress/strain on cervical arteries was measured while the cervical spine was taken through ROM and through manipulation. Cervical rotation placed the vertebral arteries under more stress than manipulation. Manipulation was less stressful on vertebral arteries than cervical ROM and stress from both movements were well below published vertebral artery failure rates. Background: Spontaneous vertebral artery dissection has significant mortality and morbidity … Continue reading
  • 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 management. Abstract: Sports-related concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs) are becoming increasingly recognized as a major public health concern; … Continue reading
  • Can Fish Oil Prevent Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage?
    TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Cerebral aneurysm formation is facilitated by inflammation. This article posits that aspirin is a cost effective treatment for patients with cerebral aneurism where surgery would be high risk or for those who have low risk of rupture. Since fish oil supplementation has been proven to have equal anti-inflammatory capacity of NSAIDs, is it time for neurologists to advocate for fish oil for patients in prevention of cerebral aneurysm or for treatment for aneurysm … Continue reading
  • Case Study
    A 5-Year-Old Girl With Headache and Vomiting Published in Medscape and shared by Dr. Wini Hamilton Background A 5-year-old girl presents to the emergency department with a severe headache and projectile vomiting for the past 4 hours. Her mother denies any history of trauma to the head or any recent infection or vaccination, and she states that her daughter did not have a fever or chills. The mother also reports no diarrhea or signs of … Continue reading
  • Neuropathy Found in Celiac Patients
    New from JAMA Neurology TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Neuropathy patients deserve to know the cause of their neuropathy if it can be identified Celiac disease has been found to cause neuropathy and must be placed on the differential for these patients. Abstract Importance Earlier research on celiac disease (CD) and neuropathy has been hampered by the use of inpatient data, low study power, and lack of neuropathic characteristics. Objective To examine the relative risk and absolute risk … Continue reading
  • 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 (CTS) is conservative, knowledge of the clinical effects of supplements and of some methods of physiotherapy is still preliminary. Many … Continue reading
  • No Gain for Stenting in Symptomatic Vertebral Artery Stenosis
    From Lancet Neurology TAKE-HOME MESSAGE The authors evaluated the safety and feasibility of stenting in patients with a recent transient ischemic attack (TIA) or minor stroke associated with an intracranial or extracranial vertebral artery stenosis of at least 50% because these patients are at high risk for future vertebrobasilar stroke. The risk for recurrent vertebrobasilar stroke in patients receiving control medical treatment in this trial was low and similar to that observed in patients receiving … Continue reading
  • Ultrasound and Multi-Focal Motor Neuropathy
    Key Points: Multi-Focal Motor Neuropathy (MMN) is a condition warranting consideration in patients suffering from progressive muscle weakness.  Delays in diagnosis often occur because of unfamiliarity with the disorder, its ability to mimic other diseases causing weakness, and the lack of consistent clinical, laboratory, and electrodiagnostic findings. Recent studies have shown how nerve ultrasound, a non-invasive imaging modality, not only helps to differentiate this motor neuropathy from the more serious motor neuronopathies (such as ALS) … Continue reading
  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury? Don’t forget the Sugar!
    Take Home Message: A 2015 study of cerebral metabolism post traumatic brain injury reported the need for glucose intake following injury due to disruption in mitochondrial glycolysis and attempts at compensatory increased gluconeogenesis . Earlier studies demonstrated mitochondrial dysfunction and decreased ATP synthesis.  This accounts for the decreased train of thought and cognitive fatigue. Advising patients of the need for keeping glucose levels at a normal level will prevent secondary cellular death and sequel. Abstract: … Continue reading
  • Recurrent Stroke Risk in Patients With Healed Cervical Artery Dissection
    TAKE-HOME MESSAGE In patients with cervical artery dissection, 25% developed new ischemic brain lesions regardless of the type of antithrombotic treatment. There is a 25% recurrent stroke rate for patients who have suffered stroke from previous cervical artery dissection. Since chiropractors are often accused of causing dissections, it is proper for chiropractic physicians to educate their patients about the real cause of cervical artery disections and for them to be on guard for patients suffering … Continue reading
  • Balance, coordination and endurance training improves nerve regeneration after injury
    TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Nerve regeneration is enhance with exercise training even within 24 hours of injury. Balance and coordination training are essential components of training for proper nerve regeneration Abstract INTRODUCTION: Different rehabilitation treatments have proven useful in accelerating regeneration. METHODS: After sciatic nerve crush in rats, we tested balance and coordination training (BCT) and endurance training (ET) through sensorimotor tests and analyzed nerve and muscle morphology. RESULTS: After BCT and ET, rats performed better in … Continue reading
  • Physical Activity Reduces White Matter Hyperintensity Burden in Older Adults
    TAKE-HOME MESSAGE White Matter Hyperintensity (WMH) causes reduced function and mobility in older adults. This study explores the association between activity and the reduced function caused by of WMH. Higher levels of physical activity may reduce the burden of WMH on motor function in healthy older adults. Abstract OBJECTIVE To test the hypothesis that physical activity modifies the association between white matter hyperintensity (WMH) burden and motor function in healthy older persons without dementia. METHODS … Continue reading
  • Seminar Opportunity with Dr. Taylor
    We like to highlight the work of our members. This brochure highlights an upcoming lecture by Dr. David Taylor, ICCN Board member and current Board secretary.  Traumatic Brain Injuries &  Whiplash Associated Disorders: The Chiropractic Connection – Becoming the Expert in your Community   *     *     *   June 6, 2015 – 8:00am – 5:00pm 8 Hour Continuing Education Credits (Texas) Enrollment Fees – $160   Topics and Skills Discussed Include: Concussions, post-concussion … Continue reading
  • Practical Approach to EDX of Carpal Tunnel
    Clinical Relevance:  Entrapment of the Median nerve at the wrist (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) is the most common reason for electrodiagnostic referral.  Despite this, the diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome remains challenging due to the large number of electrodiagnostic test methods that have been developed. This situation creates a dilemma for both referring and testing physicians.  The referring clinician often lacks the in-depth knowledge of which test, or panel of tests, provide the best combination of … Continue reading
  • Incidental Pediatric MRI Findings Present Challeges
    With increasing use of sophisticated brain and spinal imaging, more children are being referred to pediatric neurosurgeons for unexpected findings on MRI. A report, recently published in the April 2015 issue of Pediatrics discussed the incidence of such findings and the challenges this presents for clinicians. The most common incidental findings referred for neurosurgical input were pineal cysts, arachnoid cysts, Chiari malformations and Tarlov (perineural) cysts. Other findings considered to be incidental were: Benign enlargement … Continue reading
  • Low Frequency Sound Stimulation May Help Chronic Pain
    TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Given the role that neuro-transmitters, hormones and the limbic system play in pain according to the Neuro Matrix theory, it is highly relevant that music has been shown to affect the release of, endorphins, dopamine and serotonin, and decrease cortisol levels. Gate Control Theory (GCT) suggests that stimulating the touch senses in the nerve origin region of pain will serve to ‘close the gate’ to the transmission of pain. Low frequency sound stimulation … Continue reading
  • Imaging May Predict CTE
    A recent UCLA study, appearing in the April 6 online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, has taken a step towards earlier detection of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Although there is no definitive diagnosis test for CTE in living individuals, this new work has shown how a Tau-sensitive brain imaging agent (F-18)FDDNP, may be able to detect the disease in living people with varying degrees of symptoms.  It is felt that early … Continue reading
  • International Collaboration on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Findings on Prognosis
    TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Literature summary on mild traumatic brain injuries (concussions) revealed that the largest prognostic factors for outcome from mTBI are psychosocial vs biomedicall or clinical factors. Since 24% of all motor vehicle injuries involve mTBI and there are many other injuries being concurrently cared for, “Chiropractors can facilitate a path to good recovery for mTBI patients through early education, positive reassurance and providing treatment to reduce associated spine and head pain” to decrease pain … Continue reading
  • FDA Requires CV, Stroke Risk Labeling on Testosterone Products
    Testosterone products are approved by the FDA for the treatment of men with low “T” due to disorders of the testicles, pituitary gland, or brain that cause hypogonadism.  Doctors have recently been prescribing testosterone products for men with normal low testosterone levels due to aging.  A group of studies have recently identified that testosterone treatment may lead to increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Due to the increase in utilization of testosterone, the FDA … Continue reading
  • 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 application of the therapy – rehabilitation of limb apraxia. Abstract Limb apraxia, a deficit of planning voluntary gestures, is most … Continue reading
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Erectile Dysfunction Linked?
    Sleep Apnea and ED TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Fifty percent of men diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) also have erectile dysfunction (ED) and both disorders have been associated with cardiovascular disease.  OSA and ED may share a common pathophysiological mechanism. The authors suggest the mechanistic linkage between OSA and ED may be endothelial dysfunction (EndoD). The data suggests that OSA independently causes EndoD that EndoD causes ED. Abstract Both obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and erectile dysfunction … Continue reading
  • Effect of a pain diary use on recovery from acute low back (lumbar) sprain
    Take Home Message: The use of pain diaries has previously been shown to be associated with a slower rate of recovery from whiplash injuries of the neck.  This new study found a similar response in the management of acute lower back pain.  The use of a pain diary for four weeks in acute lumbar sprain subjects was associated with a reduced rate of recovery. Robert Ferrari Rheumatol Int (2015) 35:55–59 DOI 10.1007/s00296-014-3082-3 Abstract The aim … Continue reading
  • 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. An Association between Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Migraine Headaches—National Health Interview Survey, 2010 Huay-Zong Law, MD Bardia Amirlak, MD Jonathan … Continue reading
  • Preparing the Neurology Practice for ICD-10
    ICD-10!  Here we go! Preparing the Neurology Practice for ICD-10 conversion now is critical or you will face challenging consequences.  I know they delayed the implementation last year, but we will not be so lucky this year.  Yes… the sky is really falling this year.  It is falling on October 1, 2015. If you are already making steps for ICD-10 implementation… good for you.  If not, you need this post badly. I suggest a timeline of … Continue reading
  • Helicobacter pylori Infection Increases Severity of Parkinson’s Symptoms
    In Parkinsonism & Related Disorders TAKE-HOME MESSAGE It has been observed that Parkinson’s patients with H. pylori (HP) infections had increased Parkinson’s symptoms. This study confirms that relationship. Most Parkinson’s patients with HP had no additional GI symptoms than the non-HP group. Parkinson’s patients should be screened for HP infection since this infection can be asymptomatic in the GI but significantly worsens Parkinson’s symptoms. Abstract BACKGROUND Some studies have suggested that chronic Helicobacter pylori (HP) … Continue reading