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  •   Sleep and Your Brain   No one knows exactly why we need to sleep. But we certainly do. Some people are able to get by on less sleep than o

  • How to get a better night’s sleep.   First, make sure an underlying health condition is not contributing to your sleep problems. One common issue

  • Music: Build a Better Brain    Listening to music is good for you; body and soul:   Research has shown that listening to music has multiple

  • Aluminum toxicity may cause brain and spine problems.   Aluminum may be harmful to the brain:   Researchers have evaluated work related expo

  • Smell Your Way to a Better Brain   In search of lost smells-   Scientists have described the Proust phenomenon. A memory, especially an auto

  •   What is BDNF?   BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor) is a protein found in the brain, spine and nerves. BDNF helps neurons (brain and

  • Why does your back make a cracking or popping sound? Is it dangerous or bad for you?   Many people experience joint cracking sounds that can happ

  • Smoothies are good. They are good as snacks. They are good as dessert. From time to time they can be good meal replacements.    Why not make a sm

  • A salad with these ingredients is specially designed to be good for your brain. 1. Start with a bed of spinach. Spinach is rich in nutrients that are

  •   The brain and humility   When King George III, of England, heard that George Washington had retired his commission as Commander of the Con

  •     Nine simple things you can do everyday (in five minutes or less) to improve your brain health.   Attitude of Gratitude    The

  •       WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?   Being a well-trained and experienced neurosurgeon, I immediately noticed the dull gray na

  •     One of the biggest health mistakes, regarding the brain and spine, that a man over 40 can make is to jump into the latest fad diet or ex

  •   The Dunning-Kruger effect and mental illness: In some cases, the worse someone’s mental illness becomes, the less likely they are to beli

  •   Electronics and the preschool brain   Busy parents increasingly use smartphones and tablets to keep babies and young children quiet. You p

  • Leadership and the Brain   Some people are born with an abundance of leadership skills. But most people have some room for improvement. A better

  •     The Corruptible Teenage Brain   The brain of an adolescent is no different in size or shape than that of an adult. On a standard CA

  • Turn up the radio– Music is good for your brain (both listening and playing)   Listening to music   Do you groove to the seventies dis

  •     There’s No Room for Error in brain surgery Apply a No Room for Error mentality to your life   As a doctor that specifically d

  •       Eat with your spine in mind. The types of food you choose to eat can improve your spine health by increasing the strength of your

  •     Back Pain: What is in the pipeline for new treatments?   One common structural reason for having back pain is that the cushions bet

  • Many adults and even children in industrialized countries struggle with their weight. An estimated 160 million Americans are overweight or obese. We a

  • Put Down the Knife: A neurosurgeon explains the importance of a work life balance   Stephen Batchelor, in his novel Buddhism Without Beliefs, obs

  • Vaping is harmful to the brain in at least three distinct ways.   Vaping devices release brain damaging toxins.   In a 2018 study, Johns Hop

  • Brain science explains why visualization helps to make better decisions and minimize errors.   Prior to performing surgery, let’s say for a herni

  • I consult on many patients because they are suffering from pain.  In fact, their pain is so severe that they are considering spinal surgery. More than

  • Running late for school in the morning.   Again.   You yell upstairs, to your daughter, “Hurry up.”    While she’s slipping on her snea

  •   The availability of up to the minute information, presented 24/7/365, could assist a democratic society in making the best choices in determini

  • On several occasions, most recently during a press conference in March, 2019, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has advocated changing the voting age

  • Sympathies to the family of Patrick Day. He was a boxer who recently died after a blow to the head that he received in the ring.   I don’t have t

  • Fake meat will replace eating cows and chickens.    Why?   The impossible burger tastes fantastic. I’ve eaten them at Burger King and

  • There is no doubt that what you put in your body, food, drinks or otherwise, strongly affects your brain health. Pay attention to your A, B, Cs. Color

  • People can argue in good faith about whether or not women in western democracies have fully achieved equal rights. But it is unreasonable to deny that

  • As a doctor that specifically deals with brain and spine surgeries, I have adopted a No Room for Error mentality in the operating room. I believe this

  • Hundreds of thousands of high school students suffer concussions annually, according to conservative estimates. While most concussions are mild, not m

  • Alcohol and the Brain: It’s Complicated There is continued controversy as to whether moderate alcohol use is of benefit or detriment to the brain. Peo