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  • We’ve all suffered from a headache at some point. From hormones to hangovers, there are countless culprits—but fewer cures. Prescription and over-the-counter meds can be helpful, yet there are natural ways to prevent them altogether. The key is learning to avoid certain lifestyle triggers. How Common Are Headaches? Whether you get a headache a few times a year or experience migraines ...
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  • Over the years, scientific research has suggested that people of color face healthcare disparities and decreased access to quality care compared with white people. Diagnosis of and treatment for migraine is no exception. Wade M. Cooper, DO, director of the Headache & Neuropathic Pain Clinic at the University of Michigan, told Healthline that migraine is underdiagnosed in general — but ...
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  • Concussion Considerations for Athletes with Neurologic Conditions

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 1-Apr-2021

    Concussions can happen to anyone; but those with underlying conditions may be at greater risk. As a sports neurologist, I can say with confidence that the sports neurology community knows much more about the phenomenon of concussion today than we did even just a decade ago. However, I can also admit that we have much more to learn. I understand that the unknown can be unnerving to athletes or ...
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  • Key Takeaways A study conducted by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University found that sleep may play a positive role in healing traumatic brain injuries. Fragmented sleep may interfere with recovery from brain injuries and concussions. To sleep better, people should avoid excessive alcohol, exercise, and screen time before going to bed. Getting enough quality sleep at night is ...
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  • THE “GLADIATOR” mentality throughout sports history has been widely celebrated and glorified. For avid sports fans such as myself, we can remember those seemingly impossible performances by such revered modern-day warriors as the late, great Kobe Bryant, shooting and making two free throws after tearing his Achilles. While every performance and memory is unique, we've all likely ...
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  • IT'S ESTIMATED THAT less than half of all people who experience migraine headaches are aware of their diagnosis. In other words, tens of millions of people have headaches that meet the clinical criteria for migraine, yet they're unaware that a migraine headache is a type from which they suffer. Often, people misclassify and misattribute their migraine headaches to a different cause. Many ...
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  • There’s no denying that health and happiness go hand in hand—those who practice healthy habits like eating well, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep tend to live happier, more fulfilling lives. While diet and exercise are core components of a healthy lifestyle, there are many more habits that can significantly improve your overall wellbeing. And as with building any habits, ...
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  • Pandemic Like an Athlete

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 15-Mar-2021

    The techniques that elite athletes use to overcome adversity can be harnessed by anyone. We're heading into the waist-deep snow of a pandemic winter. For many, it is cold, dark, and dreary. By now, most of the earth's human population has been affected by COVID-19 in ways large and small. Some have sacrificed life. Some have experienced job-loss, relationship strains, and health setbacks. ...
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  • Key Takeways The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the marketing of the Q-Collar, a jugular vein compression collar, meant to protect the brain from repeat impact. The Q-Collar is not designed to prevent concussions or other serious head injuries. Even if a person is wearing additional protective gear like the Q-Collar, they should still focus on playing safely. In recent years, the ...
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  • Key Takeaways A study on more than 30,000 student athletes and cadets found that those who lacked sleep had symptoms similar to a concussion. People who had mental health conditions or high levels of stress also had symptoms that fit the criteria for post-concussion syndrome, even though they didn’t have a recent head injury. The findings underscore the importance of quality sleep and may ...
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  • Vernon B. Williams MD Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic 6801 Park Terrace, Suite 250 Los Angeles, CA 90045-1542 Neurology; Sports Medicine PUBLISHED IN: Southern California Super Doctors 2021 Southern California Super Doctors 2020 Southern California Super Doctors 2019 Southern California Super Doctors 2018 Southern California Super Doctors 2017 Southern California Super Doctors 2016 Click HERE to ...
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  • While eating nutritious foods does take care of our physical body, it can also play a huge role in our cognitive health as well. Healthy foods create a mind and body connection that help with our overall health and longevity. But we had to ask ourselves—what are the best foods to have for our brains? We spoke with registered dietitians and doctors to learn the healthy foods to improve your ...
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  • IF YOU’RE LIKE MOST people, you've experienced memory loss at some point in your life. From forgetting where you put something to not being immediately able to recall a person’s name, most of us have been there a time or two. However, as we age, more consistent and sometimes severe memory declines can begin to take hold – forcing the person experiencing them to alter their ...
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  • With COVID-19 cases rising and winter on the horizon, we're all likely going to be spending the next several months in a state of life similar to the onset of this pandemic. But the only thing worse than going through lockdown the first time is going through it again — with the knowledge of how devastating each day can feel, especially for those living alone. "The COVID-19 crisis ...
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  • This is Your Brain, On Food

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 4-Dec-2020

    The type of diet we eat affects so much more than the way we look. If you're old enough to remember television public service announcements from the '80s, you'll likely recall one from A Partnership for a Drug-Free America. In the brief spot, an egg frying in a pan symbolizes the effects of chronic, illicit drug use on the brain. It was a campaign that ran for a while. More recent ...
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  • Let’s face it: This winter is going to be different. Not only are many places still dealing with the effects of wildfires, hurricanes, and political unrest, but the Covid-19 pandemic is still raging. Experts say the worst days of it may yet be ahead. Unlike the early days of the pandemic, when we had everything to learn about the deadly virus, we almost feel like we know too much—and ...
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  • TO ADDRESS PLAYER safety and injury risk, the governor of California recently signed a bill that places restrictions on the amount of time allowed for tackling during any given week at football practice for high school and youth athletes. Aimed at reducing the amount of contact allowed during football practice (reducing exposure), this move follows other state and athletic legislatures in the ...
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  • The Dreaded "Burner" Injury in Athletes

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 14-Oct-2020

    Burner or stinger injuries are a common nerve-related issue among contact athletes. Despite a pandemic-caused delay, professional football is now in full swing minus the stadiums being filled with the teams’ passionate fans. As would be the case even during a "normal" season, the player injury reports have begun to roll in, from ankle injuries to ACL tears and plenty in between. ...
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  • Artificial intelligence (AI) can help determine which patients are at high risk for severe pain after surgery, as well as which patients may benefit from non-opioid related pain management, a new study finds. The research, which is being presented at the American Association of Anesthesiologists’ annual meeting, aims to reduce the number of people who are exposed to opioids in an attempt to ...
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  • Pain and Addiction on the Sidelines

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 2-Oct-2020

    How can athletes avoid pain and addiction post-surgery? As a sports-neurologist and pain medicine specialist, I have specific expertise in the management of chronic pain in athletes. Unfortunately, with this expertise, I bear too-frequent witness to the dual-heartbreak of athletes who experience a season- or career-halting injury and subsequent surgery, only to have it be accompanied by pain and ...
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  • Rookie Justin Herbert will make his second career start Sunday for the Chargers as Tyrod Taylor continues to recover from a medical accident. Taylor was unable to play last weekend after difficulty breathing following a pregame injection that inadvertently punctured his lung. A member of the team’s medical staff erred during a procedure meant to help Taylor manage pain from a preexisting rib ...
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  • Under Pressure: How Elite Athletes Respond to Stress

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 3-Sep-2020

    Elite athletes, though among the most skilled and talented in their sport, are still not immune to the psychological pressure that can attack the mind and body before, or during an important athletic event. Professional athletes are humans, just like the rest of us. They feel the same nervousness, "butterflies," or physiological stress that everyone has felt in situations where and when ...
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  • The esteemed group of medical professionals bring expertise in cardiovascular medicine, cardiopulmonary exercise, neurology and neuroscience NEW YORK, Sept. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Peloton (NASDAQ: PTON), the world's largest interactive fitness platform, today announced the formation of the Peloton Health and Wellness Advisory Council, which will work closely with the company as it continues ...
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  • Headaches are extremely common and can occur for a variety of reasons. Most headaches are relatively harmless, but can still be very annoying. And some headaches can be the result of a separate condition, which may require medical treatment. Here's what you need to know about the most common types of headaches, how to figure out which one you have, and what you can do for prevention and ...
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  • THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC brought on by COVID-19 put a halt to much of what we previously took for granted – including athletics on the youth, collegiate and professional levels. Though such measures seemed extreme to sports fans, they were also very necessary. But as countermeasures often do, they may come with a cost of their own. In this case, that price might be paid by incoming rookies who ...
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