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What is a pre stroke

What is a Pre-Stroke?

Did you know that approximately 1 in 3 people who have a pre-stroke will eventually have a stroke? Additionally, half of these individuals have a stroke within 1 year of the initial pre-stroke or mini stroke. However, being able to identify a mini stroke can help you to prevent a

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The Relationship Between your nerves and restless leg syndrome

The Relationship Between Your Nerves and Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) robs quality sleep from 1 out of every 10 adults. Also known as Willis Ekbom disease, RLS is characterized by itching, prickling, pulling, crawling, or other uncomfortable sensations in the legs that result in an overwhelming urge to move one’s legs. These sensations are generally relieved

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WorldParkinsonDay

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Did you know the month of April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and April 11th is World Parkinson’s Day? Every year, the Parkinson’s Foundation uses the month of April to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease. This year, the specific focus is on all the available resources the foundation has developed for

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6 dietary supplements that can improve neuropathy (1)

6 Dietary Supplements That Can Improve Neuropathy

Famous sayings like, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and “you are what you eat” stress the influence that our diet has on our health. Although diet alone does not dictate whether or not we develop certain medical conditions or how our body responds to them, several studies

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Six neurological conditions that affect women differently than men

6 Neurological Conditions That Affect Women Differently Than Men

Historically, clinical trials and medical research were conducted primarily with male subjects. Within the last two decades, however, medical experts have begun to notice that there can be differences in how certain medical conditions manifest in the different sexes. In fact, recent research has indicated that risk factors, symptoms, and

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loved one with MS

5 Ways to Support a Loved One with MS

When a loved one is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, you may be wondering what you can do to support them. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic illness that affects the central nervous system. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the protective myelin around the nerves, causing inflammation and scar

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What to do if someone is having a stroke

What to do if Someone is Having a Stroke

There are certain medical emergencies where every second counts and knowing how to respond appropriately can potentially save a life and/or minimize the severity of the emergency. A stroke is one of these conditions where knowing what to do can make a huge difference. This is because the most effective

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Different Types of neuralgias

Different Types of Neuralgias

If you are frequently experiencing severe stabbing or burning pain, then you may have a damaged or irritated nerve. This type of pain is known as neuralgia, and it can occur throughout the body and face. Although neuralgia can occur without the presence of disease, for example when leg compression

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The 7 stages of Alzheimer's disease

The 7 Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease that occurs when the nerve cell proteins inside the brain become damaged. This results in progressive cognitive decline that will get worse over time. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, however there are treatments that can slow the progression of the disease and

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can covid-19 cause parkinsonism

Can COVID-19 Cause Parkinsonism?

It’s been a little over a year since the coronavirus pandemic reached the United States. During the last year, there have been numerous studies conducted on this novel virus and how it affects the body’s different systems. From a neurological perspective, there have been several studies that have found evidence

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The Life Cycle of a neuron

The Life Cycle of a Neuron

Neurons are the building blocks of the nervous system that are responsible for transmitting signals to and from the brain, as well as the rest of the body. On average, it is estimated that the human brain contains about 86 billion neurons. As a reference, fruit flies only have 100

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Treatments for CRPS

Treatments for CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)

Complex regional pain syndrome(CRPS)  is an extremely rare disorder that only affects about 25 out of 100,000 people. However, for those who it affects, the effects can be devastating. CRPS is characterized by excessive and/or spontaneous pain that follows an injury to an arm or leg. Although some pain and

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Medical Marijuana for Neurological Conditions

Medical Marijuana for Neurological Conditions

As doctors learn more about neurological conditions, more and more treatments are becoming available to help patients manage their symptoms and increase their quality of life. One relatively new treatment for neurological conditions is medical marijuana. Although medical marijuana may not be ideal for treating every neurological condition, it has

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why are my fingers numb

Why are my Fingers Numb?

If you have been experiencing numbness or tingling in your hands and fingers, chances are you want to know what is causing it and how to make it stop. While there are a variety of reasons why your fingers could be numb, the good news is that not all these

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COVID-19 and the brain

COVID-19 and the Brain: Neurological Symptoms

Now that we know how COVID-19 can spread from the body into the brain, let’s take a look at some of the neurological symptoms that have been observed in COVID-19 patients. When it comes to COVID-19, there are two types of neurological symptoms that can occur: those caused directly by

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Covid-19 and the Brain

COVID-19 and the Brain: How COVID-19 Reaches the Brain

The last section in the COVID-19 and the Brain article took a brief look at recent research being conducted on this relationship. In this section, we will begin looking at how COVID-19 can reach the brain by first taking a closer look at the virus itself and then evaluating how

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COVID-19 and the Brain: What Neurologists are Saying

As of January 4th, 2021, there are 20.7 million active cases of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2)  in the United States and 85.2 million worldwide. Approximately 1.85 million lives have been claimed from this virus worldwide. Still, the mortality rate in the United States is about 1.7%, which is relatively low when compared

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When forgetfulness is a problem

When Forgetfulness is a Problem

If you find yourself forgetting why you walked into a room or constantly misplacing things like your keys, you may start to wonder if this is normal forgetfulness or something more. We all forget things from time to time, especially as we get older. However as we get older, many

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Different types of myopathies

Different Types of Myopathies

Did you know that the word “myopathy” is made up of the Greek word “myo” meaning muscle and “pathos” meaning disease? Together, the word myopathy translates to muscle disease and this term is used to describe neuromuscular disorders that primarily cause muscle weakness due to dysfunctional muscle fibers responsible for

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Why Do We Get headaches

Why Do We Get Headaches?

We all get headaches from time to time, and some of us experience more frequent and severe headaches than others. But, have you ever wondered just why we get headaches in the first place? First of all, there are different types of headaches and some of these different types are

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Early Symptoms of MS

Early Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

According to the National MS Society, around 1 million Americans are living with multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is an immune-mediated process, which means the body’s immune system abnormally attacks the central nervous system and its components: the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Specifically, the fatty insulation that surrounds nerve

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How long Does it Take to recover from a concussion

How Long Does it Take to Recover from a Concussion?

After a concussion, it is extremely important to take the time to recover properly. This is because concussions are classified as traumatic brain injuries. They occur as a result of the brain hitting the inside of the skull due to a sudden, strong impact. Concussions can range from mild to

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Possible Skin Test for detecting Parkinson's disease

Possible Skin Test for Detecting Parkinson’s Disease

Did you know that new research shows Parkinson’s disease can be diagnosed from a simple skin test? As odd as it sounds, a study published in the scientific journal, Movement Disorders, has found evidence that this may be possible. Although this idea is still being researched, the hope is that

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Athletes and the risk of CTE

Athletes and the Risk of CTE

For many athletes, their sport of choice is a part of their lifestyle. Consequently, they train hard in order to perform well at games or competitions. They may also push themselves to their physical limitations at times. Without realizing it, they focus more on their performance and less on their

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The Top 10 Migraine Triggers

The Top 10 Migraine Triggers

Did you know that you may be able to prevent migraines from happening? Although many people think that migraines come on randomly, neurologists know that migraines often start as a result of certain migraine triggers. Experiencing a migraine once is enough to make you want to prevent another one from

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Myths Regarding Botox for Migraines

Myths Regarding Botox for Migraines

There are myths about everything and using Botox for migraines is no exception to this. A myth is defined as a widely held belief that is ultimately not true. Unfortunately, since myths can perpetuate false information regarding a certain subject, they can be harmful to those seeking the truth. When

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How to Bounce Back From Cognitive Decline

How to Bounce Back From Cognitive Decline

While not everyone will experience cognitive decline as they age, there are a fair amount of people who either know someone who has or have themselves. By the time people notice signs of cognitive decline, they often assume that there is no going back and that the problem is only

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The Top 5 Treatments for migraines

The Top 5 Treatments for Migraines

If you suffer from frequent migraines, you know that they are no joke. Therefore, when it comes to treating migraine symptoms such as pounding head pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound, you want something that is both effective and fast acting. However, part of the problem with treating

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