Dr. Neil Martin, MD

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  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

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  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Neurology:

    TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with abnormal connections between arteries and veins in the brain may be less likely to suffer a stroke or die if they don't undergo any procedures to correct the problem, new research suggests.

    The study included 204 patients in Scotland...Full Article

  • Neil Martin, MD
    Migraine headaches are typically pounding, throbbing headaches. They often occur on both sides of the head but sometimes on one side of the head, and those headaches are typically called sick headaches. Migraine headaches are associated with nausea and vomiting, and they're often preceded by an aura....Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Neurology:

    MONDAY, April 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In an early test, researchers report they've safely injected stem cells into the brains of 18 patients who had suffered strokes. And two of the patients showed significant improvement.

    All the patients saw some improvement in weakness or paralysis...Full Article

  • Neil Martin, MD
    Non-invasive imaging techniques can be used, usually a computerized tomography (CT) angiogram or preferably a magnetic resonance (MR) angiogram with intravenous contrast injection. A three-dimensional image of the aneurysm can be generated. The size can be measured carefully to see if it develops...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Neurology:

    TUESDAY, April 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new gene mutation associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease -- has been identified in a study led by the U.S National Institute on Aging (NIA).

    ALS is a fatal degenerative condition that kills ne...Full Article

  • Neil Martin, MD
    The main symptom of a ruptured, or hemorrhaged, aneurysm is a sudden, severe headache. People often say it's the worst headache of their life. Or they may describe the feeling of something tearing inside their head. It is a very dramatic event.

    Other related symptoms include severe neck pain and...Read More
  • Neil Martin, MD
    An aneurysm is a weakened, ballooned-out spot in a brain artery. The arteries are the high-flow, high-pressure blood vessels inside the head that carry blood from the heart.

    This is a congenital problem. In other words, we believe that people are born with a slightly weakened spot in a brain blood...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Neurology:

    WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Removing half the skull is a drastic step, but it's one that can save lives in people over 60 who've had a severe stroke, new research indicates.

    Unfortunately, even though the procedure -- called hemicraniectomy -- reduces pressure on a swel...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Addiction Medicine:

    FRIDAY, March 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nicotine withdrawal triggers changes to the brain that help explain why smokers have such a tough time quitting, a new study suggests.

    Up to 80 percent of smokers who try to quit eventually start smoking again. This latest finding might lead to n...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Neurology:

    TUESDAY, Feb. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A unique way to possibly treat the intense pain of phantom limb syndrome has been invented -- by creating a virtual world for an amputee to enter via computer.

    Within that world, the patient controlled a "virtual arm" and apparently relieved his ...Full Article

  • Neil Martin, MD
    Trigeminal neuralgia does come in various types. The classic type involves a sharp shooting episode of electric-shock-like pain, with no pain in between the episodes, triggered by touching areas of the face or eating or chewing. This pain is reliably relieved by one of the medications, usually Tegretol....Read More
  • Neil Martin, MD
    Glossopharyngeal neuralgia involves a separate nerve that provides sensation to the inside of the ear and the back of the throat. People with glossopharyngeal neuralgia have the same sort of sudden, sharp, shooting pain, but that pain doesn’t occur in the face, in the jaw or on the tongue, as trigeminal...Read More
  • Neil Martin, MD
    For young healthy patients who have severe trigeminal neuralgia, there really is no better option than microvascular decompression (MVD) as long as they’re wiling to undergo surgery and the two-or three-day hospitalization associated with that surgery and recovery. The recovery process often takes...Read More
  • Neil Martin, MD
    Trigeminal neuralgia from compression of one of the trigeminal nerves causes pain only on one side of the face, but it’s possible to have an identical situation on the opposite side. If there's a mirror image blood vessel on the opposite side causing compression of the other trigeminal nerve, then it’s...Read More
  • Neil Martin, MD
    The downside of focused radiation therapy for trigeminal neuralgia is it takes a while for it to start to work. About 85% of people respond to this treatment and have a reduction in pain or can reduce their medications afterward. Over the longer term, a significantly higher number of people end up...Read More