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MMA Fighting Linked to Increased White Matter Hyperintensity Volume in Brain
MRI data were evaluated on 92 active professional mixed martial arts fighters to understand the effects of sparring on white matter and regional brain volumes. The researchers found a “very strong significant association between the amount of sparring per week and white matter hyperintensity volume and bilateral caudate size.” According to one of the authors of the study, Aaron I. Esagoff, BS, a medical student at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and intern with the FDA: “The white matter hyperintensities might indicate some damage that comes with sparring. But the larger bilateral caudate compared to individuals who spar less might indicate a protective effect.”
Neurology June 7th 2022
How Common are Neuromuscular Disorders Following COVID-19 Vaccination?
The studies described in Acta Neurologica Belgica assess eight patients who developed a new-onset neuromuscular disorder following COVID-19 vaccination. “These various presentations strengthen the association between COVID-19 vaccination and particular GBS phenotypes,” the researchers noted.
Neurology June 6th 2022
FDA approves TMS as form of OCD treatment
NeuroStar is the first FDA-approved transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) system developed to treat major depressive disorders. With the new FDA approval, this TMS system will allow physicians to better treat patients with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) without the need for additional hardware.
Neurology May 17th 2022
“There’s a Real Risk There”: Cannabis Use Exacerbates Depression
Cannabis use increases the likelihood that patients will develop several negative health conditions, such as insomnia, anxiety, psychosis, and depression. As such, cannabis use should be prescribed carefully by physicians.
Family Medicine/General Practice May 10th 2022
Study Dispels Myths on Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss
New research into intermittent fasting has found that the practice is generally safe, producing few gastrointestinal, neurologic, hormonal, or metabolic effects. Additionally, the research found that intermittent fasting is on par with traditional calorie-restricted diets for weight loss.
Cardiology April 19th 2022
Was Will Smith’s Slap a Trauma Response?
There’s been a strong response to actor Will Smith’s behavior at this year’s Academy Awards, including in the medical community. In this article, psychiatrist Melissa Hankins analyzes the psychology behind the “slap heard around the world.” And commenting readers disagree vehemently.
Family Medicine/General Practice April 12th 2022