The Pain-free Gene

In a practice performing spine surgeries, pain management is a common topic. Attempts to minimize postoperative pain involve minimally invasive techniques, which have been shown to limit pain. Consideration of ERAS techniques, including semi-awake procedures, also helps diminish postoperative pain and avoidance of narcotic medications. Recently, it has been found that some patients have a…

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Leonardo da Vinci Had a Peripheral Nerve Injury?

A new study published this month reviews a portrait of da Vinci, painted by Giovan Ambrogio Figino.  Previously overlooked is da Vinci’s arm and hand in a sling, with the right hand in a position not typical of a stroke.  Following a stroke, a patient’s hand often is fully clenched. In this rendering, only the ring and pinky fingers are flexed and da Vinci’s right hand is in the typical “ulnar claw” position.

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Marijuana… And The Munchies

Well known is the theory that smoking marijuana is associated with the urge to eat junk food…. also known as the “munchies”.  However, researchers have actually scientifically explored the relationship between cannabinoids and eating.   A synthetic cannaboid, dronabinol (Marinol), is now a commonly used medication to increase appetite in certain medical conditions where the…

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