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

    || 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

    || 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

    || 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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  • Understanding Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in Athletes

    || 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

    || 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

    || 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Your 40s should be an exciting time filled with many healthy years, but there's certain things we just can't do anymore like avoiding exercise, eating like we're teenagers and skipping medical screenings. Stopping bad habits now can help make your 40s a great decade so read the 10 tips below medical experts told Eat This, Not That! Health that will help you stay healthy longer. Click ...
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  • We all have daily habits that probably aren't the best for us, but there are some bad behaviors that are much worse than we think. Eat This, Not That! Heath talked to top ranking doctors in the country who explain what daily habits wreck our bodies and why. Read the five tips below. Click HERE to read full article.
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  • Most people have experienced a memory lapse where they can't remember the name of a TV show they just watched or what they needed from the grocery story and it's common according to Dr. Vernon Williams, MD, sports neurologist, pain management specialist, and founding director of the Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, CA. ...
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  • Inflammation is part of our immune system that helps fight off an infection, a virus, bad bacteria or heal an injury. However, inflammation can be harmful and chronic inflammation has been linked to heart disease, cancer, asthma, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. WebMD states, "But in some diseases, like arthritis, your body's defense system — your immune system — triggers ...
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  • Patients who reported experiencing widespread pain had an increased incidence of all-cause dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and stroke. This increased risk is independent of factors such as age, health, or sociodemographic circumstance. Researchers analyzed data from 2,464 participants of the Framingham Offspring Study Cohort, who underwent examination by health practitioners between 1990 and ...
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  • Headaches are like a box of chocolates: You never know which kind you're going to get (and can only hope the one you end up with doesn't bring your day to a screeching halt). As you've likely experienced yourself, there's no single, standard type of headache. They run the gamut from dull-yet-annoying, to pounding, to sharp and painful, to feeling like your entire head is being ...
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  • Migraine is a common condition, affecting more than 37 million people in the United States and up to 148 million worldwide. And some evidence suggests that migraine prevalence might be increasing globally. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), migraine is around twice as commonTrusted Source in women than men. Often, the primary migraine symptom is a moderate to severe headache, and ...
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  • Have you ever forgotten where you left your keys? Been unable to recall where you placed your wallet? Woken up late because it slipped your mind to set the alarm on your cellphone or clock? None of these circumstances are cause for alarm, says Dr. Vernon Williams, a sports neurologist and founding director of the Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe ...
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  • KOPA Quotes Williams: 6 Science-Backed Ways to Boost Your Memory

    || 15-Jun-2021

    It’s perfectly normal to experience brief memory loss now and then. We’ve all forgotten where we’ve put something or not immediately remembered somebody’s name, right? But, with age and certain medical conditions, memory loss might become more of an issue, says Vernon Williams, M.D., a sports neurologist, pain management specialist, and the founding director of the Center ...
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  • Key Takeaways Black college athletes report less concussion symptom knowledge (CSK) than their White peers. While both relied on athletic trainers, Black college athletes reported accessing referees for CSK while their White counterparts reported school-based sources, medical websites, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for CSK. Black college athletes were less likely than ...
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