Blog Posts in 2022

  • This Is Exactly What Happens to Your Brain During and After Exercise

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 13-Jun-2022

    You know that exercise is good for you, but many people don’t realize just how important physical activity is for the brain. Exercise triggers hormones and other changes in your brain that affect mood, thinking speed, mental sharpness, and even athletic performance. Some of these effects happen almost immediately during your workout and within hours afterward, while other benefits are ...
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  • 4 Ways to Destroy Your Dementia Risk

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 13-Jun-2022

    No matter your age, there is plenty YOU can do to protect your brain health – across your lifespan. My passion and sub-specialty as a sports neurologist have led me down some fantastic and exciting paths when it comes to helping people harness the brain's power to help them achieve optimal performance – whether it's on a sports field, in a classroom, or a boardroom. Yet my ...
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  • Is cannabis a good choice for treating chronic pain? That’s a question shared by doctors, researchers, and people living with chronic pain. But it’s a surprisingly difficult one to answer. A recent review of cannabis products in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine looked at the existing body of knowledge related to this question. And the answer? We just don’t have enough ...
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  • The Mind-Muscle Cycle

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 1-Jun-2022

    How can attentional focus improve athletic performance? It’s that time of year again – when many people choose a stronger focus on exercise or physical fitness as their New Year’s resolution. In terms of overall body and neurological health, I wholeheartedly endorse such athletic performance goals. However, as many of us have also likely experienced, keeping New Year’s ...
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  • 5 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Brain

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 29-Apr-2022

    Cognitive “clutter” is real, but there are simple ways to help keep your brain space neat and tidy. Especially as we age, a “cluttered” brain can lead to unnecessary cognitive decline. For some people, a busy memory scape can increase creativity. But for most, all that brain noise comes at a cost and can propagate forgetfulness and other cognitive disorders the older we ...
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  • Understanding Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in Athletes

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 6-Apr-2022

    Thoracic Outlet Syndrome has recently received national attention with several high-profile professional athletes having suffered from its initial debilitating effects. Whether it’s a basketball player unable to accurately shoot a jumper to a pitcher not being able to spot a fastball, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) can wreak havoc on both the body and mind. While TOS may on the surface ...
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  • Anyone who’s dealt with a migraine attack can tell you that they would do almost anything never to experience that kind of pain again. But despite how common they are, people have many misconceptions about the condition and how drastically it can impact someone’s life. We’ve partnered with migraine-specific telehealth provider Cove to bring you the top things people with migraine ...
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  • Eat This, Not That! Quotes Dr. Williams: Here's What a Migraine Feels Like

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 14-Mar-2022

    Anyone who's had a migraine knows that sickening stomach feeling that can cause you to stay in bed for hours because you're too nauseous to move. Migraines can be more than just an inconvenience, they can be seriously debilitating and lay you up for days. "Migraine is a common health condition, affecting around 1 in every 5 women and around 1 in every 15 men. They usually begin in ...
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  • Inflammation is a way your body protects itself from infection and foreign invaders, but not all inflammation is good. Inflammation is defined by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine as "the body's immune system's response to an irritant. The irritant might be a germ, but it could also be a foreign object, such as a splinter in your ...
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  • The world was deeply saddened by the news of Bob Saget’s death last month. The actor and comedian was found unresponsive at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, and the cause of death wasn’t immediately clear. However, Saget’s recent autopsy report has revealed something shocking: he experienced severe skull fractures, indicating his death was caused by head trauma. “They have ...
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  • Giddy Quotes Dr. Williams: Get Your Body Moving, For Your Brain's Sake

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 11-Feb-2022

    You know (or at least, you hope) that hitting the gym on a regular basis can help deliver the physical appearance you want. After all, exercising is associated with improved muscle strength and tone, weight loss and maintenance, and better all-around physicality. Additionally, it's no secret regular exercise is associated with better heart health and lower risks of diseases, such as diabetes, ...
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  • Dehydration - A Headache for Many Americans

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 10-Feb-2022

    Hydration has a significant impact on brain health over the course of a lifetime. Mainstream news media reports and citations from some physicians indicate that chronic dehydration might be as high as 75 percent in the American population. The notion that up to three-quarters of the people in our country aren't adequately hydrated is disturbing, but not shocking. The act of drinking enough ...
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  • It wasn’t long after the Utah Jazz played the Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 17 that Donovan Mitchell knew that he wasn’t quite right. He was already feeling pretty out of it by the time the team landed back in Salt Lake City well after midnight. He didn’t manage to fall asleep until after 7 a.m. and figured that he had sustained a concussion once the headaches and nausea set in. ...
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  • Exercise has long been known and frequently touted as beneficial to your waistline and your heart health. Yet, in more recent years, the benefits of exercise on the brain and mental health have become a more mainstream topic of conversation. Still, many people may not understand why those brain benefits of physical activity are so remarkable and profound. The neurological science behind the scenes ...
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  • Co-chaired by First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Pro Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, the Council will place a special emphasis on youth physical health and mental wellness SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today named 15 members to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and Mental Well-Being, which is tasked with exploring strategies to promote health and ...
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  • A recent review suggests that probiotics may improve cognitive function or lessen cognitive decline in adults but not children. The current studies available for analysis had limitations affecting data interpretation and conclusions. Robust evidence from large, well-designed randomized-controlled trials is needed to determine the effects and real-world applications conclusively. The human ...
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  • WHEN YOU HAVE ankylosing spondylitis (AS), quality sleep might feel frustratingly elusive. You may struggle to fall asleep, then wake up throughout the night due to discomfort and back pain. These challenges aren’t just irritating, they’re tough on your health. Poor sleep has been linked to a cardiovascular problems and diabetes, as well as depression and anxiety that can worsen back ...
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  • Although it may be surprising to some, your brain health is greatly impacted by your gut. In fact, changes in your gut microbiome have been known to not only lead to behavioral changes but can alter cognitive health as well. Because probiotic supplementation has been known to have some positive benefits on the gut microbiome, many researchers have begun to see if this supplement may also be used ...
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