Mild COVID-19 and Strokes

Much has been discussed about the respiratory complications of COVID-19.  However there is suggestion of neurologic sequela from the infection as well. SARS-CoV-2 has been found to directly invade brain cells, called neurons.  However unlike other coronaviruses which can cause brain inflammation, called encephalopathy, mild COVID-19 tends not to incite this reaction.  Of interest, patients…

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Failed Brain Processing May Contribute to Your Tongue Sticking to a Flagpole

One of the most famous scenes from “A Christmas Story” is the triple-dog-dare flagpole debacle. . The human tongue is a complex neurologic organ.  It’s actually supplied by numerous cranial nerves…5th cranial nerve providing general touch sensation, 7th cranial nerve involved in taste sensation to the anterior 2/3rds of the tongue, 9th and 10th cranial…

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Injections for Back Pain… But It’s Going Under My Skin?

Previous large studies have suggested that epidural steroid injections provide some short-term alleviation of radiating pain associated with disc herniations or spinal stenosis.  Since a disc herniation has a natural history of improvement, it’s reasonable to consider epidural steroid injections to suppress symptoms while the body heals itself.  Of course for other conditions which seem…

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Social Isolation

You may never have guessed, unless you’re Stephen King, that social isolation can have devastating effects on animals. We’ve already observed increased psychiatric dysfunction since COVID-19 quarantine began. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), by June 2020 rates of anxiety were three times higher and depression was four times higher than 2019. Virtual…

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