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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.
Brain Tumor Treatment in the 21st Century
Brain Tumor Treatment in the 21st Century
Malignant brain tumors are an incurable disease. However, over the last decade, advances in the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) have led to tailored treatments and increased survival.
The Smoking Spine: Nicotine's Ability to Cause and Worsen Back Pain
The Smoking Spine: Nicotine’s Ability to Cause and Worsen Back Pain
20 percent of American adults are cigarette smokers. Of these individuals, about 80 percent smoke daily. Cigarette smoke has been found to contain over 4,700 chemical substances with the most notable being nicotine. Nicotine in cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vapes, oral tobacco and even nicotine patches all contain carcinogenic substances such as hydrocarbons and tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNA). Nicotine use is the most preventable form of cancer and death known to mankind.
Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery
Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery
Our brain is a very complex organ. The average brain weighs about three pounds and is about 15 centimeters long. The cortex of the brain is the most superficial layer and in many ways is the most important part. Most of the brain cells start in the cortex and then extend through the deeper layers and out through the spinal cord to control all of our functions. The cortex is a series of folds that if stretched out would be about two and a half square feet. This contains billions of nerve cells called neurons. All of these neurons help make us sophisticated beings and more complex than any other organism on earth.
Am I Having Back or Hip Pain?
Am I Having Back or Hip Pain?
Pain in the low back region and upper legs can be caused by a few different joints. Depending on the symptoms, the pain could be from spine arthritis or hip arthritis. It's important to accurately diagnosis the source of pain as the treatments can be different.