Center for Healing Neurology Blog

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“Brain fog” is a phrase commonly used by patients when they are trying to describe a lack of mental clarity, a mild confusion, a loss of focus and attention, poor concentration, or even just a generalized sense of not feeling well. As a neurologist, it is of course my obligation to ensure nothing serious is […]

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Traumatic Brain Injury

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Concussions, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, and Post-Concussive Syndrome There has been a lot of attention and media coverage surrounding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in veterans, professional athletes, and younger athletes. This attention is warranted due to the potential severity of the associated symptoms and illnesses that brain […]

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Multiple Sclerosis: An Integrative Approach

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and neurodegeneration of the brain and spinal cord. MS is a disorder that causes demyelination resulting in destruction of the protective lining of nerves causing neurologic dysfunction. Symptoms of neurological dysfunction may present as the following, but are not limited to: Weakness and/or numbness in […]

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Treatment of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Using Regenerative Medicine

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a genetic connective tissue disorder affecting skin, bones, joints, blood vessels and other organs of the body. Individuals with EDS have problems making the structural protein collagen.  Collagen is the framework of all connective tissue in the body providing structure, strength, and proper elasticity.  Abnormal collagen production causes skin hyper extensibility, […]

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What is Migraine Treatment & Recovery Like?

  The Center of Healing Neurology tailors migraine treatments depending upon the nature of the migraine and the needs of the patient. Treatment options include acupuncture, neurofeedback, occipital nerve blocks, Botox injections, and medication management. Here is what Deirdre Gately, PA-C, has to say: “How long migraine treatment takes really is very variable depending upon […]

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Focus On Epigenetics

We inherit our genes and there is not much we can do to change our genotype or our genetic constitution. But the ever-expanding field of epigenetics suggests there may be something we can do to alter the expression of those genes and therefore our phenotype or how our bodies express our genotype. Epigenetics studies the […]

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Migraine Treatment and Relief

What is a migraine? A migraine is a severe, debilitating headache that afflicts millions of people across this country. Typically associated with nausea, vomiting, often light and noise sensitivity and it absolutely interferes with the quality of a person’s life. My name’s Deirdre Gately. I’m a physician’s assistant at the Center for Healing Neurology. What […]

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Focus on GABA

GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is an important neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. It is the major inhibitory neurotransmitter and has been implicated in a multitude of health challenges including anxiety disorders, insomnia, depression, psychiatric disorders, epilepsy, and movement disorders. The receptors for GABA are distributed diffusely throughout different regions of the brain such as the […]

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