Our teenage daughter, E., received a concussion in her high school gym class while in 10th grade. At that time, we went to the pediatrician, to neurologists, and to eye doctors, all to help improve her temporary vision issues and her ongoing headaches associated with her injury. She was constantly tired, irritable and had migraines that came in clusters and caused her to lose school days due to being unable to think or be pain-free. She would come home from school and go right to bed. It got so she was anxious from the constant worry about getting another headache. There was never anything we could do to break her headaches.
By 11th grade, E. was working hard to maintain good grades, but she was constantly tired and emotionally drained from her constant headaches coupled with the grueling high school demands of an early start time, honors and AP classes and hours of homework. She was getting headaches each week that would often last for one or two days. After trying many western medicine avenues such as over the counter and prescription medications and after having diagnostic tests like MRI’s, we went to Dr. Nguyen.
Dr. Nguyen talked to E. to determine the location and pain level associated with her headaches. She empowered E. by explaining a few possible therapies (acupuncture and neurofeedback mainly). E. chose neurofeedback. Over the course of 6 weeks of neurofeedback treatment, we have seen a significant improvement in our daughter. She feels better. She is more cheerful, makes eye contact again, is less tired and irritable, less stressed and most importantly, she has had a significant reduction in the number of headaches she’s had and the length of time that they last. Her thinking seems less “cloudy”. Before the treatment, our daughter was having roughly one headache per week lasting sometimes one or two days. Since starting the neurofeedback treatment, E. has seen a reduction in the number of headaches and the length of time that they last, having had only two headaches in six weeks time, lasting less than one day. The pain associated with her headaches is reducing too. We view this as an improving trend and will continue treatment as needed. E. feels more alert, happier, and more at ease with the pressures of school.
If you have had a child with a concussion or one who suffers from migraine headaches, I strongly suggest you meet with Dr. Nguyen. Dr. Nguyen’s neurofeedback treatments with E. have already made a big difference in our daughter’s quality of life. We are very grateful to Dr. Nguyen and her professional staff.
A year after I had my thyroid cancer operation and the nuclear radiation treatment, I began having pain around my jaw, below and inside my ears. I couldn’t eat without feeling pain. Every time I ate, I would feel a surge of, sometimes unbearable, pain. I had no idea what was going on.
I went to see my endocrinologist. After my examination, my doctor told me that my salivary glands have “shut down.” My mouth was dry and saliva was not secreting from my salivary glands. My face was swollen and painful.
My doctor made an appointment for me with an Otolaryngology specialist who saw me the next day. He thoroughly examined me and, by applying pressure, helped my salivary glands produce saliva. He relieved my pain for a while. The doctor told me there was no cure for my infliction, because it was due to the nuclear radiation treatment that I received. He proscribed antibiotics which he said would help me, but the pain could come back. As the pain returned, I was proscribed antibiotics over and over again, but the pain continued to come back.
My friend and customer, Dr. Thuy Nguyen came to the bank one day and asked me how I was feeling. I mentioned to her that I was having some health issues and felt a bit depressed. I explained to Dr. Nguyen what had occurred and that I was told I may have to live with this condition. She said she could help me using Laser Acupuncture. She eased my worry by explaining that the treatment would not hurt. I made an appointment.
The next day, Dr. Nguyen gave me the first treatment to stimulate the nerve associated with my infliction. During the treatment, I could feel the secretion of saliva. I had two treatments that week and went on vacation for ten days. When I returned, I began to feel the pain return. I visited Dr. Nguyen again and she explained that I will need to see her at least two times a week for the treatment to last. Because of obligations at work and at home, it is difficult to find the time to go for my treatments.
To help me, Dr. Nguyen offered to see me on my lunch breaks which made it easier on me. Since then I have had several treatments, but have not needed to return for the past three months. I feel wonderful! I have no need for antibiotics or any anti-inflammatory medication. I will go back for more treatments with Dr. Nguyen to make sure that the condition will not return. I am healthy and without pain thanks to Dr. Nguyen.
~ Olga B. Belleau
The following article by Scott LaFee was published on September 28, 2017 in University of California San Diego Health News:
Transcranial Electrical Stimulation Shows Promise for Treating Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
September 28, 2017 | Scott LaFee
Using a form of low-impulse electrical stimulation to the brain, documented by neuroimaging, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) and collaborators elsewhere, report significantly improved neural function in participants with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Their findings are published online in this issue of the journal Brain Injury .
TBI is a leading cause of sustained physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral problems in both the civilian population (primarily due to motor vehicle accidents, sports, falls and assaults) and among military personnel (blast injuries). In the majority of cases, injury is deemed mild (75 percent of civilians, 89 percent of military), and typically resolves in days.
But in a significant percentage of cases, mild TBI and related post-concussive symptoms persist for months, even years, resulting in chronic, long-term cognitive and/or behavioral impairment.
Much about the pathology of mild TBI is not well understood, which the authors say has confounded efforts to develop optimal treatments. However, they note the use of passive neuro-feedback, which involves applying low-intensity pulses to the brain through transcranial electrical stimulation (LIP-tES), has shown promise.
In their pilot study, which involved six participants who had suffered mild TBI and experienced persistent post-concussion symptoms, the researchers used a version of LIP-tES called IASIS, combined with concurrent electroencephalography monitoring (EEG). The treatment effects of IASIS were assessed using magnetoencephalography (MEG) before and after treatment. MEG is a form of non-invasive functional imaging that directly measures brain neuronal electromagnetic activity, with high temporal resolution (1 ms) and high spatial accuracy (~3 mm at the cortex).
“Our previous publications have shown that MEG detection of abnormal brain slow-waves is one of the most sensitive biomarkers for mild traumatic brain injury (concussions), with about 85 percent sensitivity in detecting concussions and, essentially, no false-positives in normal patients,” said senior author Roland Lee, MD, professor of radiology and director of Neuroradiology, MRI and MEG at UC San Diego School of Medicine and VASDHS. “This makes it an ideal technique to monitor the effects of concussion treatments such as LIP-tES.”
The researchers found that the brains of all six participants displayed abnormal slow-waves in initial, baseline MEG scans. Following treatment using IASIS, MEG scans indicated measurably reduced abnormal slow-waves. The participants also reported a significant reduction in post-concussion scores.
“For the first time, we’ve been able to document with neuroimaging the effects of LIP-tES treatment on brain functioning in mild TBI,” said first author Ming-Xiong Huang, PhD, professor in the Department of Radiology at UC San Diego School of Medicine and a research scientist at VASDHS. “It’s a small study, which certainly must be expanded, but it suggests new potential for effectively speeding the healing process in mild traumatic brain injuries.”
Co-authors include: Ashley Robb Swan, Annemarie Angeles Quinto, Scott Matthews, Deborah L. Harrington, Sharon Nichols, Charles W. Huang, and Dewleen G. Baker, UC San Diego and VASDHS; Barry J. Bruder, IASIS Technologies, Los Angeles; and Corey C. Snook, Mind-Brain Training Institute, Mount Dora, FL.
Funding for this research came, in part, from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (I01-CX000499, I01-RX001988, MHBA-010-14F, NURC-022-10F, NEUC-044-065).
Disclosure: Barry Bruder and Corey Snook are associated with IASIS Technologies. Their contribution to this work was limited to providing group training to researchers, technical support and technical information related to the IASIS system.
Why you’re LESS likely to die if you see a female doctor:
Women GP’s save far more lives by following the rules and connecting with their patients.
- A Harvard study has found female doctors save far more lives than male doctors
- It is the first study to compare how men and women doctors affect mortality
- They found we would save 32,000 more lives a year with just women doctors
- The study credits the difference to female doctors’ communication skills
Patients are less likely to die if treated by a female doctor than a male doctor, an unprecedented study reveals.
A research team at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health found people treated by women are less likely to die within 30 days of admission.
They were also far less likely to be readmitted to hospital within 30 days of discharge.
In fact, the researchers estimated there would be 32,000 fewer deaths a year among Medicare patients alone if all doctors were female.
The study credits the outcomes to the fact that women are better at communicating with their patients, and tend to more closely follow the rules.
And yet, female physicians earn eight percent less than their male counterparts.
It is the first research to document differences in how male and female physicians treat patients result in different outcomes for hospitalized patients in the U.S.
Even the researchers admitted they were shocked by the staggering difference in outcomes.
‘The difference in mortality rates surprised us,’ said lead author Yusuke Tsugawa, research associate in the Department of Health Policy and Management.
‘The gender of the physician appears to be particularly significant for the sickest patients.
These findings indicate that potential differences in practice patterns between male and female physicians may have important clinical implications.’
Previous studies have found differences in the way female and male physicians practice.
For example, female physicians are more likely to adhere to clinical guidelines and provide more patient-centered communication.
But this is the first national study to look at whether the differences in the way male and female physicians practice affect clinical outcomes.
The researchers analyzed data from more than 1 million Medicare beneficiaries age 65 years or older hospitalized with a medical condition and treated by general internists between 2011 and 2014.
They adjusted for differences in patient and physician characteristics, and considered whether differences in patient outcomes varied by specific condition or by severity of illness.
Reuters (12/19, Rapaport) reports the researchers also found that the patients treated by female physicians were 5% less likely to be readmitted within a month after leaving the hospital.
Additional coverage is provided by the Wall Street Journal (12/19, Evans, Subscription Publication), USA Today (12/19, Painter), NPR (12/19, Schumann, Schumann), STAT (12/19, Ross), Modern Healthcare (12/19, Whitman, Subscription Publication), and MedPage Today (12/19, Lou).
If you’re considering any plastic surgery procedures, then there are a few things you should think about before deciding to make a permanent change.
Cosmetic surgery can be a wonderful way to improve your looks and self-esteem. If you’re considering any procedures, here are a few things you should think about before deciding to make a permanent change:
Bring in pictures – Clip out photos from magazines of what you’re envisioning. Your doctor can’t read your mind, so it’s helpful for them if you bring in concrete examples of what you think looks good. Remember that everyone has different tastes, and you want to make sure yours are communicated to your physician.
Do it for yourself – Don’t make a drastic physical change for anybody but yourself. Take some time and consider why you want a certain procedure. You want to make sure you’ll feel good about your decision even years later.
Don’t go overboard – Too much cosmetic surgery doesn’t look good on anyone. Consult trusted friends and your doctor to see how far you want to go, because you might not need to make any change at all.
Know the recovery period – Be sure you’re aware of what the recovery for a procedure entails so you can plan accordingly and take time off from work if needed.
Your surgeon must be board-certified – For safe procedures and satisfactory results, you should only consult with a board certified plastic surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Don’t be shy about asking doctors about their experiences and certifications. They’ll be expecting you to ask, and more than likely will be pleased to share information with you about what makes them qualified to treat you.