Social media… Everyone seems to be doing it yet some industries seem more suited to the benefits of social media than others. Although at times we tend to think of the medical industry only when we need care, it is perfectly suited for social media, connecting health care professionals with their patients in a new way that is here to stay. And while social media helps health care professionals stay in contact with their current patients, the farther-reaching effects include new business, referrals and even increased traffic to websites like this one, where patients and consumers can find great information in a quickly changing world. [Read more…]
Stress… Though highly subjective and different for everyone, we all know some of the characteristic responses that stress can trigger from headaches and teeth grinding to stuttering, light headedness, insomnia and difficulty making decisions. Stress can be especially harmful to those who suffer from neurological conditions but there is hope that lies in proper and effective stress management techniques, many of which are easy to do. [Read more…]
Are you one of the millions of people who love the Spring weather but dread the sniffling and sneezing that’s associated with seasonal allergies? With the welcome weather, the pollen count increases and today the counts seem to be even higher than that of just 10 or 20 years ago, producing more and more allergy sufferers. However, there is hope! New treatments are offering better ways to combat the dreaded allergies. [Read more…]
Bullying has been a hot topic in the media for the last few years and bullying in any form is a horrible and destructive action that unfortunately exists for a variety of reasons in many young people’s lives today. When children and adolescents with medical conditions become the target of bullying, it is especially painful. Understanding the disease and learning how to best handle negative reactions may well be the key to helping children with conditions such as Tourette syndrome live a happy and stress-free life. [Read more…]
Every 67 seconds in the United States, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. Add to that, almost 2/3 of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women and one in three seniors die with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia while only 45% of patients with the disease, or their caregivers, report being told of the diagnosis and the facts appear grim. But there is hope for effective treatments today and studies being conducted to detect what causes Alzheimer’s disease. [Read more…]
The occurrence of epilepsy and its seizures have been documented as far back as the human race, including in prehistoric times. An often misunderstood disease, people have turned to everything from religion to diet and natural cures to medicines and other chemical substances and even surgery to treat the disease. In today’s modern drug therapies, it is estimated that a fifth of patients get no relief at all from the drug therapies. [Read more…]
Nearly everyone has experienced a headache at one time or another. As many as 45 million Americans suffer from chronic severe headaches and headaches are the reason for more than 8 million doctor visits each year. Those are pretty incredible statistics but when head pain strikes, how many people actually know what kind of headache they are having?
The key to properly treating head pain is to accurately identify the type of headache that a patient is experiencing. In one study, 80% of people who had a history of self-described or doctor-diagnosed sinus headaches had no sign of a sinus infection and actually fit the criteria for a migraine. So how do you determine the type of headache you are having? There are five basic types of headaches that we will examine here, along with some tips on how to identify them. [Read more…]
It seems that we are all on a quest to find ways to live longer these days. With increasingly stressful schedules, it seems there is never enough time for everything and as a result, our health sometimes suffers. There are literally thousands of suggestions on how to live longer from the commonly known things like “stop smoking” and “exercise and make sure you maintain good nutrition” to more unusual suggestions like “find religion” or “live on a mountain” or even “grow new body parts”. The information can be overwhelming and the discussion took on a new slant at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in China this September.
While hundreds of panels, workshops, meetings and social gatherings examined things like climate change, infrastructure and finances were happening, everyone in attendance brought one common thing to the table.. the human brain. One prominent focus of the meeting was how neurotechnologies will detect and record brain activity in detail never before thought possible; a focus of the White House BRAIN Initiative. [Read more…]
Migraines in children are a very common occurrence, but sometimes even the child doesn’t know that a migraine is what they are experiencing. Much more than a headache, migraines can affect every part of one’s life, making it difficult to focus on school, socialize with their peers or just have good quality day-to-day living. When it comes to caring for children who are experiencing migraines, there are key things you should know to help identify and treat them. [Read more…]
An in-depth and very interesting article published by the New York Times, “Can the Nervous System Be Hacked?”, shares the efforts of neurosurgeon and Feinstein Institute president, Kevin Tracey to uncover the link between the nervous system and the immune system. More specifically, his work led to the hypothesis that electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve can alleviate harmful inflammation. Incredibly, Tracey believes that bioelectrics or electrical nerve stimulation will eventually be able to replace the drug industry. [Read more…]