Structural Brain Changes in Athletes Even Without Contact

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has recently been highlighted in professional sports, like football, as a neurodegenerative disease caused by repeated head injuries. It is now also being suspected in boxing, hockey, soccer, rugby, etc…, and even youth sports. While it still remains controversial, both significant or seemingly innocuous impacts could have a major cumulative effect…

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The Perception of Neurosurgery

The vast majority of Americans feel correctly informed by the media, whether through reading or watching television.  More than 80% of people think the press ensures its consumers have the knowledge to be informed.  However, in recent analyses, only about 9% of Americans surveyed, “showed an understanding” of basic healthcare.  And while 96% of people…

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New Research in Spinal Cord Injury

Over 15,000 new spinal cord injuries (SCI) occur each year in the United States. The outcome depends on the severity and location of the injury, resulting in either partial of complete loss of sensory and/or motor function. Partial paralysis occurs about 40% of the time, and complete paralysis about 60% of the time. If a…

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This is NOT Healthy, and Unlikely a Path to Wellness!

In 2021, Cosmopolitan magazine posted multiple “covers”, under the cloak, “11 women who prove wellness isn’t ‘one size fits all’”. From the Baroque period to about 1910, obesity was perceived as a sign of wealth and attractiveness. Renoir famously painted numerous “Bathers” scenes of obese individuals into the late 1800s. However it was “Rubenesque” full-figured…

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The Perfect Valentine’s Day Chocolate

February 14th. Valentine’s Day…. The Perfect Valentine’s Day Chocolate. The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different Saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. Some think the day commemorates one of the Valentines’ death. However, others think the middle of February was chosen to challenge the pagan celebration of the Roman god…

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New Understanding of GBM Origins

Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most aggressive and deadly brain tumor in adults. We still do not know exactly how GBMs form, or why they universally recur. It was previously thought that glial cells (astrocytes) were the only type of cell that could proliferate in the brain, so GBMs must start from these cells. However,…

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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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