What has fibromyalgia to do with the nervous system?

Most neurologists would perish the thought that fibromyalgia has anything to do with the nervous system. Any mention of it would induce sighs and tut tuts. There is however emerging evidence linking fibromyalgia to dysfunctional central pain processing. A prominent advocate of this is anaesthesiology professor Daniel Clauw. Another rheumatologist, Manuel Martinez-Lavin, adds another neurological perspective to fibromyalgia: the association with sympathetic… Read More What has fibromyalgia to do with the nervous system?

Pareidolias-why we see non-existent faces

Human beings are prone to see patterns where none exist. This concept of pareidolias often has religious connotations, and has led to bouts of religious fervour. Wikipedia describes this as a psychological phenomenon wherein ‘the mind perceives a familiar pattern where none actually exists‘. The BBC recently explored why we see these patterns under the title ‘why we… Read More Pareidolias-why we see non-existent faces

Multiple sclerosis treatment: new kids on the block

Multiple sclerosis is a scourge. It frequently targets the young with devastating, often life-long, effects. It spares no parts of the central nervous system, affecting the brain, spinal cord and major nerves. There are several MS risk factors as discussed in my previous post MS risk factors: the top 6. In this post I address the treatments of MS. There are already… Read More Multiple sclerosis treatment: new kids on the block

Mozart and seizures? The links between epilepsy and music

An odd connection you may say but here are quite a few things that link epilepsy with music. lepsy. The first is the therapeutic effect of on epilepsy. This has been termed ‘The Mozart Effect‘ based on studies which report that listening to Mozart reduces epileptic brain discharges. This however seems at odds with the known fact that epilepsy… Read More Mozart and seizures? The links between epilepsy and music

6 innovations in the treatment of spinal cord injury

There are very few disabilities worse than paralysis from spinal cord injury. This often results from sudden catastrophes and frequently affects the young and active. It is very poignant that many incidents occur during recreational activities, and horse rising is one prominent example. Nothing exemplifies this more dramatically than the case of Christopher Reeve, famous for playing Superman. The… Read More 6 innovations in the treatment of spinal cord injury