World Parkinson’s Day

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In 1817, James Parkinson first described this clinical syndrome that would be named after him. Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the central nervous system which is characterised by degeneration and it mainly affects the motor system. Parkinson’s has four major clinical manifestations: Tremor at rest Rigidity Akinesia Postural instability Parkinson’s disease is often associated with the elderly and has …

Concussion and Rugby

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Concussion injuries are a common type of injury suffered by Rugby players. Head injuries are the second most prevalent injuries obtained by Rugby players following lower limb injuries. Lately people are becoming more concerned about the number of reported concussion injuries in Rugby. It has been suggested that people who suffered concussions may show physical and mental effects even up …

Foggy Brain? – Whiplash Injuries and Concussion can Lead to Brain Fog

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Brain fog is a frequently reported symptom that has been gaining more and more attention in the world of research. It is commonly reported by people who have suffered whiplash or concussion injuries and it is associated with an extended recovery time. 1 What is Brain Fog? “Brain fog” is a collection of symptoms including reduced cognition and mental acuity, …

What Causes the “Aura” of a Migraine?

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Many people today think that Aura symptoms go hand-in-hand with migraines. This is a misconception as there migraines can be with or without aura. Aura symptoms and migraine headaches can be very debilitating and early migraine treatment can help to limit the occurrence of these symptoms.1 What is migraine aura? Migraine is a widely known as a debilitating disorder and …

Look No Hands! The Impact of a Ball to the Head can Cause Severe Brain Damage

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The ball comes flying in and the impact is directed exactly to the players head, what a beauty! Think again: That beautiful knock to the head might be more dangerous than you think! Soccer has been viewed as a sport with low risk of injuries like concussions, however recent research has suggested that mild impact to the head is certainly …

The Connection Between Gut Health and Brain Function

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Recently, it has become more apparent how microbiota could have a great influence on many aspects of our physiology. It may play a role in gut–brain communication, behavior and brain function. The gut-brain axis The gut-brain axis is receiving much recognition in the modern world, although it has been under speculation since the mid-nineteenth century. It is thought that the …

The Persistent Effects of Concussion on Brain Function

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Concussion affects many people every year and the prevalence of head injuries is especially high when it comes to contact sports like rugby and football. Concussion is now considered as a brain injury caused by blows to the neck, head or face. A concussion most commonly results in the onset of transient impairment of brain function and these transient signs …

Brain Allergies

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The occurrence of psychiatric symptoms that are connected to substances in our environment or substances in the diet is popularly referred to as “brain allergies”.  Such allergies could either be immune mediated or they could be mediated by certain nutrients in the diet. The connection between mind and body Mental disorders are known to be caused by chemical imbalances in …