Three Neurological Symptoms That May Warrant a Trip to the Doctor

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Ali Mesiwala

For more than a decade, Ali Mesiwala, MD, has been working as a neurosurgeon in California. He completed his postdoctoral training at such institutions as the University of Washington and the International Neurosciences Institute. Currently, Ali Mesiwala, MD, serves as the chief of the Department of Surgery and Division of Neurological Surgery at St. Bernardine Medical Center.

There are several neurological signs and symptoms that have simple explanations, but some may be early indications of a serious problem. Following are just a few examples of neurological problems that may warrant a trip to your physician:

1. Numbness or weakness: feeling numbness on one side of the face can be an early sign of a stroke. However, these early symptoms are often brief, so many individuals forget about them. In addition to signalling a stroke, sudden muscle weakness may indicate various disorders, including Guillain-Barre syndrome or myasthenia gravis.

2. Vision loss: unexpected loss of vision in one or both eyes can indicate various infections, multiple sclerosis, or location-specific strokes. An optic nerve stroke can cause complete blindness in one eye. Meanwhile, deteriorating vision accompanied by eye pain may suggest that the optic nerve has become inflamed.

3. Persistent dizziness: any persistent problems with coordination and balance can indicate that something is wrong. Certain inner ear conditions, such a positional vertigo, may be the cause of these problems, but they also may result from strokes in the brain stem. The brain stem connects the brain and spine and strokes can interrupt these important communications.

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Player Requirements for the Snoop Youth Football League

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Snoop Youth Football League

Ali Mesiwala, MD, is an experienced neurosurgeon in San Bernardino, California. Acting as the chief of the St. Bernardine Medical Center’s Department of Surgery and Division of Neurological Surgery, he oversees patient care and services. Dedicated to helping others, Ali Mesiwala, MD, also serves as the medical director for the Snoop Youth Football League.

Founded in 2005 by Snoop Dogg, the Snoop Youth Football League (SYFL) provides youth with the opportunity to build character and discipline regardless of color, race, and economic background. The league is divided into six divisions: Future League, Jr. Clinic, St. Clinic, Jr. Pee Wee, Pee Wee, and Jr. Midget. Regardless of the division, all SYFL players must be amateurs. Any previous sports involvement must have been solely for physical, mental, or social benefits and for enjoyment. They cannot have a past of playing for any monetary benefits and cannot compete on any outside tackle football team while participating in SYFL.

In most cases, Future League players are ages five and six, Jr. Clinic players are ages seven and eight, and Sr. Clinic players are ages nine through 10. Once players are age 11, they are eligible for the Jr. Pee Wee division. Players who are 12 are part of the Pee Wee division and the Jr. Midget division welcomes players between the ages of 13 and 14. Players in Jr. Pee Wee through Jr. Midget can play up one division, but no player can play down. SYFL players also must prove that they are of a sound physical condition before they can join the league.

Snoop Youth Football League Featured on Reality TV

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Snoop Youth Football League

A neurosurgeon at Chaparral Medical Group, Inc., Ali Mesiwala, MD, graduated from medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. In a nonprofessional capacity, Dr. Ali Mesiwala devotes his time to charitable pursuits and serves as the medical director for the Snoop Youth Football League.

The Snoop Youth Football League was founded by rapper Snoop Dogg 10 years ago to teach kids how to play football. More importantly, the league’s main purpose was to get kids off the streets.

The league has been quietly operating for the past decade, but the initiative and its achievements were publicly shared on “Coach Snoop,” a reality show that chronicles Snoop Dogg and a team of 12-year-old players.

The goal was to make the team one of the best in the U.S. youth leagues, but the show also shows the challenges the kids faced as Snoop Dogg guides them, as well as the lessons they learned throughout the experience.