Blog Posts in 2021

  • Using CBD as a pain reliever may not actually reduce your pain intensity, but it might make it feel less unpleasant, according to researchers. A small study by researchers at Syracuse University suggests that the placebo effect may play a role in cannabidiol's (CBD) ability to provide relief for chronic pain. The researchers recruited 15 participants, who were compensated for their ...
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  • Livestrong Quotes Dr. Williams: The 15 Best Natural Remedies for Headaches

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 29-Apr-2021

    Headaches are an all-too-common annoyance. At best, they can make even simple daily tasks more challenging. At worst, they can leave you curled up in bed for hours. The good news is that if you're not a fan of taking Tylenol on a regular basis, there are plenty of natural remedies for headaches, including some small lifestyle changes, certain foods and hot or cold therapy. Here are 15 ...
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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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