Archive for the ‘Neurology’ Category

Systemic lupus erythematosus, diet

August 2, 2009

Systemic lupus erythematosus is more common in women who report the frequent consumption of meat, particularly fatty meats such as pork or beef. Menstrual irregularity was also reported to be more common in women with systemic lupus erythematosus than in control women. (Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine 169:245-252, 1993) Copyright 1993 Phylis Austin


Migraines, hand warming, brain blood flow

July 30, 2009

Warming the hands increases blood flow in the brain. Migraine suffererers have been taught to warm the hands to relieve their headaches. Blood flow increase in the left hemisphere is more marked than in the right. (Brain Mind Bulletin 5(11)1, April 21, 1980) Copyright 1980 Phylis Austin

Hot bath epilepsy

July 30, 2009

There is a form of epilepsy in which hot baths trigger reflex epilepsy. This type of epilepsy is apparently quite common in India, but not many cases have been reported elsewhere in the world. The onset of this type of epilepsy is most frequently during childhood, and the child typically outgrows it within six years.
Researchers do not yet understand what triggers an epileptic seizure in all instances; but if it can be determined, avoiding the trigger would a more suitable treatment than antiepileptic medications. (Postgraduate Medical Journal 63:975-976, 1987) Sometimes a food is the trigger, sometimes some emotional or physical tension. The parents must carefully study their child. A diary can be helpful. Copyright 1987 Phylis Austin

Migraine, ice pack

July 30, 2009

An ice pack may be helpful in pain relief for those who suffer migraine headaches. Dr. Lawrence D. Robbins, director of the Robbins Headache Clinic, says that patients who use ice packs while waiting for their pain medication to take effect reported faster relief of symptoms. The patients were told to wrap the ice pack around the head snugly enough to provide moderate pressure. Pain relief may begin in 12-15 minutes. (Emergency Medicine, August 15, 1990, p. 139-142) Copyright 1990 Phylis Austin

Back pain, ice massage

July 30, 2009

A South Carolina physician advises his back pain patients to fill a small paper cup with water, put a wooden ice cream stick in the cup and freeze the cup. He instructed them to peel the cup off the ice block, and holding the stick, to massage the painful area for five to ten minutes in a circular motion. Initially pain relief lasts about 15 minutes, but as the treatment routine continues pain relief persists for longer periods of time. (Edell Health Letter 8(7)6, July 1989; Pain Management, March/April 1988) Copyright 1989 Phylis Austin

Capsaicin, trigeminal neuralgia

July 30, 2009

Capsaicin, from red pepper, has recently been reported helpful in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia. An ointment containing capsaicin was applied over the painful area three times a day. Six of 12 patients had complete pain relief, four patients reported a decrease in pain, and two patients reported no benefit. (Anesthesia and Analgesia 74:375-377, 1992) Copyright 1992 Phylis Austin

Childhood migraine, tinted glasses

July 30, 2009

The use of rose-tinted glasses reduced the incidence of migraine attacks in a group of children. Blue tinted glasses were also used in the study, but were not as effective as the rose tint. (Headache 31:533-536, 1991) Copyright 1991 Phylis Austin

Cesarean section, neurological development

July 30, 2009

Infants born by cesarean section are apparently deprived of the catecholamine surge induced by vaginal birth. A study of 30 infants demonstrated less optimal neurological responses in those delivered by cesarean section. The authors feel that high catecholamine levels may be important in the infant’s neurological development in the first few days after birth. (Early Human Development 26:51-60, 1991) Copyright 1991 Phylis Austin

Trigeminal neuralgia, caffeine

July 30, 2009

About 15,000 new patients each year develop trigeminal neuralgia, a severe burning or stabbing pain over the course of the trigeminal nerve, found on the side of the face. The pain may appear suddenly, persist for about a minute, then quickly subside. Chewing, smiling, talking or touching the face may induce the pain.

The cause is not understood, nor is treatment entirely satisfactory. Many patients are subjected to surgical procedures, which may lead to loss of motor control or facial sensation.

One 50 year old lady had marked decrease in her symptoms within two to three weeks after she began a low caffeine diet. Patients who suffer trigeminal neuralgia may benefit by eliminating caffeine from their diet. (Journal of the American Dietetic Association 91(9)1120-1121, September 1991) Copyright 1991 Phylis Austin

Exercise, stroke prevention

July 26, 2009

Exercise sufficiently vigorous to work up a sweat decreases the risk of stroke in men, according to a report from the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The exercising subjects had lower body weights, lower blood pressures, reduced cholesterol levels and improved glucose tolerance.
(Stroke 30:1-6, 1999)
Copyright 1999 Phylis A Austin