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Cauda Equina Syndrome: It’s a Pressing Matter

The cauda equina is a collection of nerves located at the lumbar end of the spinal cord. The 17th century anatomist, Andreas Lazarius, saw that this nerve bundle resembled a horse’s tail and named them the cauda equina (Latin for “horse’s tail”). The mechanical compression of any of the cauda equina nerve roots (L1–L5 and...

Kratom: Substance of Abuse or Potential Medicine

In early December 2018 I received an e-newsletter from Advance Healthcare Network that contained a short article alerting me to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) findings on kratom, a botanical used by some folks for the treatment of pain and anxiety. I had never heard of kratom, and being the curious sort, I decided to dig into the...

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