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  • Artificial Intelligence Shows Promise in Concussion Management

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 21-May-2019

    TYPICALLY, WHEN WE TALK about analytics in sports, the discussion is focused on advanced player statistics – and more recently, on performance analytics through things like wearable sensor technologies and high-speed cameras. Advanced analytics and AI in sports are continuing to grow and evolve, even into the injury prevention and management arena. A recent research study I was involved in ...
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  • The Neurological Phenomenon of Stinger or Burner Injuries

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 4-Apr-2019

    WE TEND TO LOOK FOR signs and symptoms of a concussion after a big hit in a football game. But as a sports neurologist, concussion is only one of the injuries I'm looking for as players pick themselves up and return to the huddle or sideline. Body language can tell you a lot. How players move, whether or not they're fluid and symmetric in their arm-swing and obvious or subtle evidence of a ...
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  • The Argonaut: The Neurological Pathfinder - Dr. Vernon B. Williams

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 1-Apr-2019

    The edge of scientific breakthrough is a very exciting place to be. Dr. Vernon B. Williams, director of the renowned Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute’s Center for Sports Neurology & Pain Management in the Howard Hughes Center, is leading that charge in the field of sports neurology. Williams specializes in neuroplasticity, which is how nerve cells in the brain compensate for injury or ...
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  • Are Doctors to Blame for Prescription Opioid Overuse in America?

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 25-Mar-2019

    A RECENT JAMA NEWS release asked whether the marketing of opioids to physicians was associated with overdose deaths. The article pointed the finger at both the marketing tactics of pharmaceutical companies and at the physicians who are prescribing the medications. But the truth is, there are multiple stakeholders, individuals and entities contributing to the opioid epidemic. So, to cure it, we all ...
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  • Thrive Global Asks Dr. Williams About How to Sneak a Workout into Your Day

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 12-Mar-2019

    Much like the muscles in our bodies, our mental capacity is also subject to a type of “use it or lose it” effect, Vernon Williams, M.D., a sports neurologist and director of the Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles tells Thrive. Research has found that the most effective brain exercises break up your regular routine and ...
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  • While not defined as a particular disease, dementia is categorized into groups of conditions like memory loss and judgment impairment—and cases can range in severity. Symptoms of dementia can include forgetfulness, limited social skills, and a loss of thinking abilities entirely. The impact can be overwhelming for both the patient and the surrounding family and friends. “Globally, the ...
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  • For the past 20 years, Dr. Williams has made the field of Sports Neurology his life’s work. He’s actively engaged in researching and developing innovative and effective treatments and technologies that help people recognize symptoms of a neurological injury sooner so that the work of treating them can happen faster, and with less potential for permanent damage. Dr. Williams serves as a ...
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  • See the intrview on the link below! https://ktla.com/2019/02/01/brain-and-nervous-system-injuries-and-treatment-with-sports-neurologist-dr-vernon-williams/
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  • Sleep Health: The Key to Total-Body Wellness and Peak Performance?

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 14-Jan-2019

    WHEN IT COMES TO overall health and wellness, the tandem twosome most frequently discussed are diet and exercise. And with good reason – they are crucial contributors. What you consistently put into your body and how you move that body to build and maintain cardiovascular and musculoskeletal fitness are vital to your health across a lifetime. But did you know that some sleep researchers ...
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  • Headaches are never fun. So even if you only struggle with them occasionally, it makes sense you’d want to know how to treat them ASAP. The first step to getting relief is knowing which kind of headache you’re dealing with. Of course, prevention is key to making sure you’re pain-free in the first place. Simple lifestyle changes can make a big difference, says Vernon Williams, ...
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  • Dr. Williams waas recently interviewed by Reader's Digest on inflamation.. "There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic. Acute inflammation is the body’s natural response to a short-term threat such as an injury, burn, or surgery, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is an ongoing response to a longer-term ...
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  • Dr. Vernon Williams, director of the Center for Sports Neurology & Pain Management at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, says that young adulthood is often a time when depression and anxiety emerge. Williams says that young professional athletes also face many mental health stressors such as new financial responsibility, travel, disordered sleep and intense scrutiny on social ...
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  • Womens Health recently inteviewed Dr. Vernon Williams on the topic of Self Care: Instagram might have you thinking that the only way to practice self-care is to take a photo-shoot worthy bath (and post a picture of it, obvi). But uh, that's definitely not the case (though if you love a good bubble bath, do you). In terms of self-care, you've got to do one thing first: Nix the idea that ...
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  • What the CDC's New Concussion Guidelines Mean for Kids

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 2-Nov-2018

    What the CDC's New Concussion Guidelines Mean for Kids Concussion and traumatic brain injury are ever-present topics among American parents and coaches of young athletes today. So the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recent issuing of clinical concussion guidelines for pediatric professionals come at a crucial time in our collective conversation about how to protect kids from ...
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  • What the CDC's New Concussion Guidelines Mean for Kids

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 2-Nov-2018

    What the CDC's New Concussion Guidelines Mean for Kids CONCUSSION AND traumatic brain injury are ever-present topics among American parents and coaches of young athletes today. So the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recent issuing of clinical concussion guidelines for pediatric professionals come at a crucial time in our collective conversation about how to protect kids from ...
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  • In life, Aaron Hernandez weighed a muscular 240 pounds. In death, the most important part of his body was 3½ pounds. That was the approximate weight of the former New England Patriots player’s brain, which was removed by a Boston coroner soon after Hernandez hanged himself in prison on April 19, 2017. It was then quietly transported to a laboratory about 25 miles north of the city. To ...
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  • A daily aspirin regimen sounds healthy, but asprin can be fdangerous for people with certain conditions and in certain situations. Find out when this over-the-counter medication won't help and could actually land you in the emergency reoom according to Dr. Vernon Willaims. Please click here to read the entire article
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  • The Hierarchy of Headaches

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 27-Sep-2018

    HEADACHES, LIKE BACK pain, are a universal human phenomenon that just about every adult has experienced at some point in time and can relate to. From the dull twinges to the nausea-inducing pounders, headaches can run the gamut. The Headache Society has cataloged and classified more than 150 primary and secondary headache disorder types. So how do you figure out what brings a headache on so that ...
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  • Almost exactly one year ago, Lady Gaga took to Twitter to share that she had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which caused chronic pain and eventually led to her postponing several of her fall 2017 European tour dates. In her cover interview for the October 2018 issue of Vogue, the pop star opened up further about her health and about the misconceptions that inevitably follow diagnoses of ...
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  • SELF Interviews Dr. Williams About Lady Gaga's PTSD Symptoms

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 12-Sep-2018

    In her cover interview for the October 2018 issue of Vogue, Lady Gaga revealed new details about her mental health and what it's like to live with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain, which she says were both triggered by a sexual assault she experienced at age 19. As SELF wrote previously, fibromyalgia is a mysterious illness that causes symptoms like extreme fatigue and ...
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  • Brain Training: Classroom Edition

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 6-Sep-2018

    WHEN MOST PEOPLE consider the concept of brain training to improve learning, they tend to think of those online game programs or puzzles that are purported to give the brain a "workout" by practicing memory and problem solving skills to sharpen the mind. Others consider more advanced techniques aimed at optimizing brainwave activity through neurofeedback or stimulation therapies. ...
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  • A new study indicates that kids who play contact football before age 12 may suffer problems like Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) years earlier than other kids do. "There is a recommendation that children under the age of 14 shouldn't play tackle football," said Ann McKee, a senior author of the study. Eleven-year-old Rowen Ball is a soccer player. But the sport wasn't his ...
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  • New Concussion Frontiers: Good News for Brain Injuries

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 20-Aug-2018

    THE HUMAN BRAIN IS arguably the most complex and fascinating organ structure. About 3 pounds in weight, it contains approximately 100 billion neurons – which some say compares to the same number of stars in the Milky Way. As a sports neurologist, if I ask just about any athlete (or depending on their age, an athlete's parents) what their biggest concern is when it comes to their brain ...
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  • Chronic pain affects 30 percent of people in America, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. That's one reason for the explosion in opioid abuse and addiction. But a new tool gives doctors a new option to help their patients with chronic pain. It's a neuro-stimulator called the HF 10, and it's dramatically reduced pain for many patients. Dr. Vernon Williams was interviewed ...
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  • Chronic pain affects thirty percent of people in America, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. That's one reason for the explosion in opioid abuse and addiction, but now there is a new tool to fight the battle called HF10, which can dramatically reduce pain for many patients. Click here to view the video in its entirety.
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