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  • Vitals Interviews Dr. Williams About Common Triggers for Migraines

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 19-May-2017

    Common Triggers for Migraines But not everyone has the same triggers, says Dr. Vernon Williams, a neurologist and founding director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. Triggers can be difficult to identify. For instance, you can come in contact with a trigger as much as 48 hours before your migraine, a trigger might not lead to a ...
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  • Understanding Migraines and Their Triggers

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 11-May-2017

    Believe it or not, 38 million Americans suffer from regular migraines, and many don’t even know it. Yes, the debilitating side effects of a migraine can knock sufferers off their feet and leave them pleading for relief, as the pulsing and throbbing continues from several hours up to several days in some of the most severe cases. But for others, the headache pain associated with their ...
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  • There are really, really bad headaches and then there are migraines. As a lifelong migraine sufferer, I know a migraine is in my future because my body gives me advance warning in the form of a dull headache the day before and bouts of blurred vision, which are known as "aura." According to Dr. Vernon Williams, a neurologist and director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology and ...
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  • To Play or Not to Play? That Is the Concussion Question

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 3-Apr-2017

    "Dr. Williams, would you let your son play football?" Over the course of a 20-year career as a sports neurologist, that question is one of the most frequently asked by patients, friends who are parents of young athletes and the public in general. Early in my career, the question was related to the risk of musculoskeletal and spine injury. Aware of the risk of fractures, bruises and other ...
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  • The wide range of etiologies underlying neuropathic pain render this modality a particularly challenging condition to manage. In addition, most available treatment options have limited efficacy. As the population ages, and as both the incidence of diabetes and the survival rates after chemotherapy treatment increase, the number of patients with neuropathic pain is expected to rise, according to a ...
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  • Amitriptyline The antidepressant amitriptyline is also used to prevent and help reduce the frequency of migraines, says Dr. Vernon Williams, director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles. Some physicians prescribe it off-label for people who have difficulty sleeping, too, he says. It can cause such side effects as ...
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  • Dr. Williams Discusses Concussion Guidelines with Orthopedics This Week

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 7-Mar-2017

    Tracey Romero • Wed, March 1st, 2017 A new concussion model of repeat, mild, bilateral traumatic brain injury (TBI) induced earlier onset of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) symptoms in rats with the human SOD1 mutation (SOD1), providing a better understanding of the relationship between TBI and neurodegenerative diseases. The model developed by Gretchen Thomsen, Ph.D., of the ...
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  • Concussion Controversy: Who Should Have the Final Say? Deciding on a kid's 'return to play' is a serious medical move, but some parents and coaches are weighing in by Carleen Wild | Updated 06 Mar 2017 at 1:22 PM How much of a say should parents have about whether their child goes back into a game after suffering a concussion? The debate is making its way through the North Carolina ...
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  • 3 Concussion Myths: Busted

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 2-Mar-2017

    Concussions are among the most common – and potentially dangerous – injuries seen in sports medicine. Part of the danger surrounding them is the abundance of misinformation spread by word of mouth among the athletic population, plus false information that’s readily available and shared on the Internet. Education is the best shield to protect from what can be lasting and lingering ...
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  • David Cassidy, 1970s Pop Icon, Reveals That He's Battling Dementia

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 22-Feb-2017

    His mother and grandfather had the condition as well. Mark Westwood / Getty Images David Cassidy, star of the hit 1970s musical-sitcom The Partridge Family, revealed sad news on Monday: He’s battling dementia. The singer/actor disclosed that he has the disease, which causes a person to lose their memory, after reportedly struggling through a performance in Agoura Hills, California, on ...
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  • Although gender equality in sports continues its steady progression, there is 1 area that appears to be linked with disparity of a different sort: A growing body of research suggests that compared with male athletes, female athletes at both the high school and collegiate levels have a higher risk for concussion and worse related outcomes. "There is an increased frequency of concussion among ...
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  • 3 Ways to Love Your Brain

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 28-Jan-2017

    When it comes to neurological health, people often consider it in terms of what to fix when things go wrong. From concussion to chronic pain conditions, many still believe that brain health is only something that can be repaired once its damaged and not something that can actually be enhanced. But the truth my friends is that you CAN and should make enhanced brain health a focus in your life. Not ...
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  • Priyanka Chopra Won A People's Choice Award—While She Had A Concussion Actress Priyanka Chopra made headlines last week after suffering an injury on the set of her TV show Quantico. According to TMZ, Chopra was rushed to the ER after she slipped and fell during a stunt, hitting her head so hard that she suffered a concussion. She was discharged a few hours later. Chopra made her first ...
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  • Can’t Sleep? Any of These 10 Medical Conditions Could Be Why If you can never summon the sandman fast enough, listen up. A medical reason might be behind your lack of rest, and once you determine it, you'll be able to sleep longer and better. READ FULL ARTICLE
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  • In part one of this series, I touched on the scientifically proven physical and neurological benefits of exercise. When most non-fitness folks think of exercise, what typically comes to mind is jogging, running, bicycling, or light weightlifting – some variation of moderate energy, steady-state movement. As previously discussed, this type of body mechanics is important for cardiovascular ...
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  • Hypotension, also known as low blood pressure, can cause dizziness, particularly when going from lying down to sitting or standing. "When you get up too quickly from a sitting or lying position and your blood doesn't travel as quickly up to your head, you can experience a 'head rush' feeling," explains Sherry Ross, MD, ob-gyn and women's health expert at Providence Saint ...
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  • Approximately 38 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. These episodes often interfere with work and social activities. Athletes are not immune from this disabling condition. Migraine headaches are best defined as throbbing headaches that last from four to 72 hours, often accompanied by additional symptoms including nausea, vomiting, visual disturbances, light sensitivity and ...
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  • 37 “Healthy” Things You Have Permission to Stop Doing Right Now The news that flossing is not essential for dental hygiene took many of us by surprise, but that's not the only health habit that may not be helpful. READ FULL ARTICLE
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  • Chronic Pain and the Holidays - 3 Tips to Help

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 20-Nov-2016

    Though holiday songs, cards and greetings herald it as ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,’ for people suffering from chronic pain conditions, these final weeks on the calendar can feel anything but merry. Even for those who aren’t burdened by illness, the holidays are often stressful. But when you’ve got a condition characterized by pain, the stress and ill-effects on ...
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  • The Carolina Panthers still hope left tackle Michael Oher will play again this season, despite the fact that Oher remains in the concussion protocol nearly two months after first experiencing symptoms. Oher has missed the past six games and the team has said little about the nature of his symptoms during the time he’s been sidelined. But a league source said Oher is experiencing sensitivity ...
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  • FLOWERY BRANCH — The NFLPA is not leaving any stones unturned when trying to look out for the wellness of its membership, even if the latest stone is currently banned. The union, which represents the players in the NFL, is actively looking at marijuana as a pain-management tool and plans to form a committee to study the benefits of the drug. Marijuana is a banned substance under the terms of ...
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  • Every year, large numbers of people in the U.S. see chiropractors for relief of headaches; back, shoulder, foot and neck pain; and for help with numbness and tingling or a loss of strength in the arms and hands. About 35 million adults nationwide saw a chiropractor in the previous 12 months, according to a survey done by the Gallup Panel that was released in August. The survey, conducted on behalf ...
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  • From feeling tired all the time to back aches, what you eat affects a lot more than the numbers you see on the scale. Read on to learn the surprising signs it's time to change what you eat. READ FULL ARTICLE
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  • CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- After Gary Kubiak left a stadium in an ambulance for the second time in three years, concern spread about his coaching future. The Broncos received good news Monday when Kubiak was diagnosed with a complex migraine after suffering a mini-stroke in 2013. READ FULL ARTICLE
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  • GREEN BAY - It’s more than the sheer volume of Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields’ concussion history that could threaten his career. Shields wasn’t “blown up” in a high-speed, open-field collision Sunday. His helmet didn’t slam against the field. There was no blindside hit. No unexpected whiplash. READ FULL ARTICLE
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