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Most Common Symptoms of Scoliosis
Most Common Symptoms of Scoliosis Scoliosis is a medical condition that causes curvature of the spine, pain and many other symptoms. It most often appears in pre-teen children just as they’re about to hit their first major growth spurt. However, a pronounced curve and other indications of the condition don’t typically appear until early adolescence. While some people develop it later in life, it’s more likely that an adult has had it for many years and not had a proper diagnosis. Although schools routinely screen for scoliosis in kids, it can go undetected in adults until they notice the symptoms themselves.
How Much Range of Motion Will Be Lost with a Lumbar Fusion?
Lumbar fusion involves "fusing" two bones together. The surgery usually requires removing nearly all of the disc, removing one or both facet joints in the back, and placing rods and screws to hold the lumbar bones together. Bone and other materials are packed in the prior disc space and around the rods and screws such that the bones grow together and no longer move. The indication of fusion surgery most often is mobile spondylolisthesis, in which one bone moves abnormally over another.
Minimally Invasive Tumor Resection
It is clear that minimally invasive spine surgery using tubular retractors is beneficial compared to traditional spine surgery. In both decompressions (discectomy) and lumbar fusion, there appears to be less pain, less muscle injury, a lower rate of adjacent segment disease, lower complications and quicker recovery with tubular minimally invasive approaches.
Can Our Brains Grow? Does Mark Twain Know?
Can Our Brains Grow? Does Mark Twain Know? Mark Twain has been attributed the quote, “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
How Can a Squirrel Help Stroke Research?
How Can a Squirrel Help Stroke Research? About 800,000 Americans experience a stroke each year, and about 90 percent of those are ischemic strokes. Ischemic stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain stops. This usually results from a "clot" blocking blood flow in a blood vessel. As your brain requires about 20 percent of the blood flow from the heart to function, an acute stoppage of blood flow causes the brain cells to quickly die. It only takes about two to five minutes for this process to occur. Your brain is a somewhat unique organ in that once a brain cell dies, it cannot regenerate. This is completely different than other body parts like your skin, which can quickly and easily regenerate itself once injured. Therefore the deleterious effects of stroke are permanent.
Brain Size: What Does it Mean?
The size of one's brain, or certain brain areas, has been extensively studied and implicated in many things including intelligence. This is a highly controversial topic, and research results must be carefully interpreted to avoid conclusions of causation when it may just be a correlation.
Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day?
Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day?
Memorial Day is a federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May. For many Americans, it is a day for barbecues, picnics and neighborhood parades. However, what often gets overlooked is the real reason for the holiday, which is to remember and honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the U. S. military to defend and protect America’s right to freedom. Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day, which meant a time to visit and decorate the graves of veterans who served and perished.
The Art of Bending
The Art of Bending
Many other cultures, especially non-Western, have a much lower prevalence of back pain and spinal arthritis. What's more surprising is that the peoples of these cultures often do a tremendous amount of bending and lifting. So, how is this possible?
What is Neuromonitoring?
What is Neuromonitoring?

Brain and spine operations are typically performed with patients asleep. While these surgeries are intricately executed by surgeons with highly specialized training, the nervous structures commonly are manipulated. Techniques for examining the nervous system are limited in the asleep patient. To ensure temporary or permanent...

This is Your Brain on Drugs
This is Your Brain on Drugs
The D.A.R.E. program, Drug Abuse Resistance Education, was started by the LA Police Department Chief of Police, Daryl Gates, in the early 1980's. It blossomed from a tiny local program to a massive national campaign practicing in 75 percent of American schools. The message was simple, "Just Say No." Unfortunately, at its peak, D.A.R.E was also massively expensive costing millions of dollars to run ($200 million in 1995). The educational program's operating revenue declined from $10 million in 2002 to $3.7 million in 2010.