Blog Posts in 2020

  • Support for Chronic Pain Sufferers

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

    Constant pain can make people feel alone on a deserted island; a support system helps. When you observe someone in a neck brace who is wincing in pain, it can result in an immediate feeling of sympathy for them – an understanding that this individual is hurt, as evidenced by the presence of the neck brace. You need no further “proof” that the injury is “real” because ...
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  • Why We Need More African-Americans in Medicine

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 25-Feb-2020

    AS I REFLECT ON THE significance of Black History Month in my life, I can't help but think of the African-American mentors who blazed the trails before me. These are individuals who didn't allow their racial makeup to stand in the way of achieving their dreams. More importantly, as a result of their dedication and despite many obstacles, race didn't prevent them from contributing to ...
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  • Physical Activity as Brain Food

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 25-Feb-2020

    Beyond what we eat, the way we move provides important nourishment and protection for the brain. I am a Neurologist. I am a Sports Neurologist. And I am a Pain Medicine specialist. It’s complicated, but all three are intimately related. I frequently explain to patients that see me for a “Pain Management” consultation that part of my motivation for successfully treating their pain ...
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  • Anxiety, Depression Can Be Eased with 150 Minutes of Exercise a Week Researchers say exercising for 150 minutes a week can help ease mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression. They said people who exercise outdoors get more benefits than people who exercise indoors. They added that there are mental health benefits to both team sports as well as individual activities. They cautioned ...
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  • Many of us consider the start of a new year as the start of the new-and-improved versions of ourselves. While this can be motivating and encouraging, it can also sometimes involve unrealistic and unhealthy attempts at weight loss. "Holiday pictures may show unwanted pounds or make us realize we have gained a bit too much weight over the last year, so many people choose to make weight loss ...
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  • It's common knowledge that exercise can help older adults preserve (and even increase) their muscular strength, strengthen their cardiovascular system, help them maintain healthy body weight, and fight off several health-related issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure. What is less well known is that exercise can also help older adults boost their cognitive skills and improve their ...
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