NCT Blog

9 April

Concussion and Cannabis: Could CBD be used following brain injury?

= Authors = Laura Diamond, MSc Global Health Student Gabi Kaplan, Student Occupational Therapist Jenni Diamond, OT Reg. (Ont.) Evan Cole Lewis, MD   The therapeutic benefits of cannabis Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 cannabinoid compounds found in the cannabis plant. CBD has been shown to have many potential therapeutic benefits, including neuroprotective effects (1). Results of clinical studies support its use in some conditions associated with difficult to treat...

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16 January

Concussion and Dietary Supplements: How to Feed your Recovering Brain

= Authors = Laura Diamond, MSc Global Health Student Gabi Kaplan, Student Occupational Therapist Jenni Diamond, OT Reg. (Ont.) Evan Cole Lewis, MD   What is a concussion? A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) that affects brain function. Symptoms include, but are not limited to: Headache Brain fog Dizziness Ringing in the ears Nausea or vomiting Difficulty concentrating Memory issues Sleep issues Fatigue The effects of concussion can last...

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11 December

Trust Your Gut: The Gut-Brain Axis

= Gabi Kaplan, Laura Diamond, Jenni Diamond, OT Reg. (Ont.), & Evan Cole Lewis, MD =   What is the Gut-Brain Axis? Have you ever wondered why we use the expressions “gut-feeling” or “butterflies in your stomach?” These phrases stem from the connection between our gut health and brain function. This connection is called the Gut-Brain Axis, which is a bi-directional communication network that links the central nervous system (the...

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9 August

The Mind-Body Connection

= Gabi Kaplan, Laura Diamond, Jenni Diamond, OT Reg. (Ont.), & Evan Cole Lewis, MD =   What is the mind-body connection? Our mental and conscious states, including our emotions and behaviours, may have the ability to significantly influence our physical health outcomes, and reciprocally, our bodily health can impact our mental well-being. This is referred to as the “mind-body connection” – the interconnectedness of our minds and bodies through...

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17 July

CBD: Cost & Dosing – For the Treatment of Epilepsy

CBD (Cannabidiol), a component of the Marijuana/Cannabis plant, was recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of epilepsy. NCT blogged about CBD and how it is used to prevent seizures in December 2017. Check out the blog post here. One of the current problems with CBD is that inexperienced practitioners are attempting to treat seizures with this medication and are using doses that are too small or using formulations that...

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2 March

Tics & Tourette disorder: should you be concerned?

=== Jordan J. Ghassemian & Evan Cole Lewis, MD === About Tics Tics are more common than people tend to think, and are experienced in some of the following ways: Movement Tics such as: Blinking Shoulder shrugging Vocal Tics such as: Sniffing Throat clearing There are four ways to categorize tics:   Provisional Tics Persistent Motor Tics Persistent Vocal Tics Tourette Disorder Time Less than 1 year More than 1...

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28 January

“Let’s Talk” @ NCT – Introducing our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Program

=== Laura Bradbury, MN, NP-PHC, BScN, CNN(C) === Mental health affects us all! That’s the message from this year’s ‘Bell Let’s Talk’ campaign to help end stigma surrounding mental illness.   Did you know, mental health support is now available at Neurology Centre of Toronto? That’s right! CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is an evidence-based form of ‘talk therapy’ used for a wide range of concerns, including: anxiety depression post-traumatic stress...

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11 December

Cannabis: the next treatment for epilepsy?

=== Jordan J. Ghassemian, Rozalba Luka, MD and Evan Cole Lewis, MD, FRCPC === Nearly 90,000 Ontarians have epilepsy. There are medications that effectively control seizures in about 70% of people. But 30% of people do not respond to drugs and have drug-resistant epilepsy. In addition to increased mortality rates, those with drug-resistant epilepsy report having a lower quality of life and struggles with isolation, loss or lack of employment...

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9 November

Botox treatment for migraine: how does it work, and how effective is it?

=== Jordan J. Ghassemian & Evan Cole Lewis, MD === When we hear about Botox, we generally think of getting rid of wrinkles. However, it turns out Onabotulinum Toxin A – a.k.a. Botox – serves a practical use in the treatment of migraines. Is Botox right for you? Read on to find out more! The 1st and 2nd PREEMPT (Phase III REsearch Evaluating Migraine Prophylaxis Therapy) trials showed that Botox...

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31 October

Can the onset of dementia be prevented?

=== Jordan J. Ghassemian & Evan Cole Lewis, MD === At the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London, researchers discussed how nine health and lifestyle factors contribute to about 35 per cent of dementia. This translates to potentially preventing 1 in 3 cases of dementia by tackling risk factors such as education and depression. The report was recently published in The Lancet and can be found here: Visit...

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