Posts By: North Shore-LIJ

Ariel Sharon Won’t Wake Up

Recent reports of evaluating former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s brain activity with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) do not indicate that he is on the verge of awakening from a coma after his severe stroke seven years ago. For 20 years, fMRI has been a useful and often fascinating tool for neuroscientists to investigate… Read more »

Armstrong’s Doping Disgrace

Lance Armstrong’s disgrace sits among the leading and unprecedented doping scandals in US sports history. Such doping may have gone unnoticed by many in years past, but we are now witnessing the evolution of an international commitment to fair play and ethical values in elite sports. Established in 1999, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is… Read more »

RGIII’s Knee Injury: A Fumbled Decision?

The recent injury to Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has sparked a lot of discussion and speculation about anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears in athletes at all levels. RGIII sustained a minor LCL (lateral collateral) sprain when he was tackled on December 9. He sat out one game then returned in the last game… Read more »

Former NFL Player Suffered Degenerative Brain Disease

Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head trauma, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Degenerative brain disease is widely associated with athletes who have sustained repetitive blows to the head. The NIH’s discovery, made in a controlled study that included Mr…. Read more »

Young Athletes Need Protection After Concussion

Young people with sports-related concussions who return to play too soon risk devastation or death from “second impact syndrome,” according to the new edition of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. The journal details the case of a 23-year-old Indiana man who returned to high school football following a concussion. Six years later, he is wheelchair-bound… Read more »

Hillary Clinton’s Blood Clot Related to Concussion

Recent reports reveal that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hospitalized for a blood clot that doctors discovered during a follow-up exam related to her recent concussion. Although the location hasn’t been revealed, Secretary Clinton’s blood clot is probably in the leg(s) rather than her brain. This is referred to as deep vein thrombosis… Read more »

Hangover Cure? You Wish!

When you go out on New Year’s Eve, remember there’s no proven hangover “remedy.” It’s best to avoid a hangover headache altogether to save a lot of grief. • Of course, you can dodge post-party blues by skipping alcohol entirely. But if you do drink, here’s how to prevent a hangover: Eat first to curb… Read more »

Let’s First Respond to Tragedy with Support

In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, the world asks, “Why?” Such violence transcends our capacity to understand it, especially because so many victims were innocent young children. Every day, new bits of data — sometimes unsubstantiated — emerge about the alleged shooter and his primary relationships. At this point, it’s too early to… Read more »

Stop Holiday Weight Gain with These Techniques

It can be tough to get through the next few weeks without weight gain. But simple adjustments can help you navigate the high-calorie blitz and stick to healthy eating. Your most important strategy is to plan ahead. If you have restaurant plans, review the menu in advance; most eatery Web sites post menus. When visiting… Read more »