Down Dog it, Migraine Warrior!

We need all the angles we can come up with to fight against migraines, especially when they are frequent and hard to treat. In a study from researchers in India called Effect of yoga as add-on therapy in migraine (CONTAIN): A randomized clinical trial, subjects with migraine and 4-13 headache days per month were randomized […]

Why older folks should go to camp.

A quick search of summer camp options in my area reveals daytime or sleep away camps with activities including the following:  nature exploration, musical theater, rock music performance, fencing, robotics, cartooning, rocket space science, sailing, circus arts, computer coding, zoo veterinarian shadowing, architecture, to name only a few.  And that doesn’t even include all the […]

Mid adulthood hypertension associated with later dementia in women.

In a study called Female sex, early-onset hypertension and risk of dementia, researchers followed a group of about 5600 individuals from their 30’s, 40’s and into older age.  While we know that hypertension (high blood pressure) later in life is associated with dementia, the researchers wanted to see if hypertension earlier in life also predicted […]

Respect your elders’ risk factors.

Respecting one’s elders is age-old good advice.  When it comes to avoiding stroke, younger people also need to respect the traditional risk factors that cause stroke in the elderly.  Turns out, the traditional modifiable risk factors also account for most strokes in young people. What are the traditional risk factors?  They include hypertension (high blood […]

The migraine / anxiety connection.

A recent article in the journal Headache called  Untangling the Association Between Migraine, Pain, and Anxiety: Examining Migraine and Generalized Anxiety Disorders in a Canadian Population Based Study, looked at the association between generalized anxiety and migraine headaches. The DSM V definition of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is paraphrased as follows: Anxiety or worry over […]

Dementia rate goes… Down! (Part 2)

In a recent post, I reviewed an article about declining rates of dementia between 2000 and 2012, in which most of the difference was accounted for by increasing levels of education.  In an even longer term study based on data from the Framingham Heart Study, there was a similar finding. The article, called Incidence of Dementia […]

Narcotic the loser in an acute migraine trial.

A clinical trial called Hydromorphone Versus Prochlorperazine + Diphenhydramine for Acute Migraine compared 2 treatment strategies for patients with severe migraine headaches, being treated in an Emergency Department setting.  The subjects were randomized to the narcotic hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 1 mg vs. prochlorperazine (Compazine) 10 mg and diphenhydramine (Benadryl) 25 mg all given intravenously.  The trial was stopped […]

North vs. South – The Nordic Diet

People in Nordic countries aren’t very fond of their southern European neighbors’ food choices.  Therefore, the highly-regarded healthy Mediterranean diet doesn’t play well in places like Denmark.  So the healthy Nordic diet was proposed, based on northern preferences and available natural foods.  The Nordic diet is comprised of high intake of fish, apples, pears, berries, […]

An all-nighter is tough on the heart.

In a presentation at the Radiological Society of North America annual meeting in 2016, researchers from Germany presented study called Effects of 24-Hour-Shift Related Short Term Sleep Deprivation on Cardiac Function: A CMR Based Study in which they demonstrated the ill-effect on the heart caused by short-term sleep deprivation.  The study tried to replicate the effect of […]

Video killed the blog star.

Well, as we know radio is still around and so will be this blog. I have made some educational videos, mostly to promote conditions that I see in my White Plains, NY part-time neurology practice as well as in my regular practice in Norwalk, Connecticut. So far topics are:  Migraine, Parkinson’s Disease, and Stroke. They can be seen […]