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Elekta introduces new Leksell Gamma Knife Icon to treat patients with brain disease

Elekta introduces new Leksell Gamma Knife Icon to treat patients with brain disease

With the introduction of Elekta's new Leksell Gamma Knife Icon, the benefits of precision cranial radiosurgery are now available for more patients with a wider variety of tumor types and sizes. [More]
Interventional treatments provide good functional outcomes for patients with lower-grade brain AVMs

Interventional treatments provide good functional outcomes for patients with lower-grade brain AVMs

Interventional treatments--especially surgery--provide good functional outcomes and a high cure rate for patients with lower-grade arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) of the brain, reports the May issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. [More]
Study shows epilepsy drug can protect vision of MS patients

Study shows epilepsy drug can protect vision of MS patients

A drug commonly taken to prevent seizures in epilepsy may surprisingly protect the eyesight of people with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 67th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, April 18 to 25, 2015. [More]
Board-certified physiatrist Brian Fellechner joins St. Luke’s University Health Network

Board-certified physiatrist Brian Fellechner joins St. Luke’s University Health Network

St. Luke’s University Health Network is pleased to welcome board-certified physiatrist Brian Fellechner, DO, to its medical staff. A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Fellechner completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey where he served as chief resident at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. [More]
Elekta Healthcare Analytics to be introduced at HIMSS15

Elekta Healthcare Analytics to be introduced at HIMSS15

At the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's 2015 conference (HIMSS15), Elekta will introduce Elekta Healthcare Analytics, a solution for accelerating data analysis to improve clinical, operational and financial decision making. [More]
Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon awarded Cortes de Cadiz Prize by the city council of Cadiz, Spain

Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon awarded Cortes de Cadiz Prize by the city council of Cadiz, Spain

Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa has been awarded the Cortes de Cadiz Prize in the category of surgery by the city council of Cadiz, Spain. The jury prize, in which members of the Royal Academy of Medicine and Surgery took part, was awarded to Quinones-Hinojosa not only for his renowned scientific career but also for his “moving life experience,” which, the judges noted, is full of “self-improvement and success.” [More]
Study suggests possibility of developing personalized treatments for brain cancer

Study suggests possibility of developing personalized treatments for brain cancer

DNA mutations can cause cancer but in some cases, more mutations may mean a better prognosis for patients. A Yale-led comprehensive genomic analysis of more than 700 brain tumors has revealed one such subtype of the most malignant brain tumor, called glioblastoma, or GBM. This subtype possesses thousands of tumor-specific DNA errors or mutations instead of dozens observed in most glioblastoma cases. It is also associated with longer survival. [More]
New stent retriever device reduces stroke damage

New stent retriever device reduces stroke damage

Elizabeth Celli was experiencing a moderate-to-severe stroke when she arrived at Loyola University Medical Center's Emergency Department. Mrs. Celli was weak on her left side, had difficulty speaking and was unable to walk. But after being treated with a new device called a stent retriever, her symptoms dramatically reversed. [More]
Experimental drug that attacks brain tumor cells passes early tests

Experimental drug that attacks brain tumor cells passes early tests

An experimental drug that attacks brain tumor tissue by crippling the cells' energy source called the mitochondria has passed early tests in animal models and human tissue cultures, say Houston Methodist scientists. [More]
2015 Minds Matter event raises funds to support brain tumor research

2015 Minds Matter event raises funds to support brain tumor research

One day in 2009, Maria Nijim's father got behind the wheel of his car and realized he couldn't see out of one eye. An MRI showed a tumor and then surgery confirmed a devastating diagnosis – glioblastoma – the most aggressive type of brain tumor. [More]
Newly discovered bodily process may explain fetal brain bleeds

Newly discovered bodily process may explain fetal brain bleeds

A newly discovered bodily process in mice may explain why some human fetuses who have different antigens than their mothers suffer life-threatening brain bleeds, according to a new study. [More]
New study pinpoints major increase in subdural hematoma surgery by 2030

New study pinpoints major increase in subdural hematoma surgery by 2030

By 2030, chronic subdural hemorrhage (SDH) will be the most common adult brain condition requiring neurosurgical intervention in the U.S., according to a new study conducted by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center. [More]
University of Manitoba professors, brain experts discuss how concussions affect the brain

University of Manitoba professors, brain experts discuss how concussions affect the brain

University of Manitoba professors and brain experts are gathering at McNally Robinson Booksellers on March 18 to have a lively, interactive panel discussion on how concussions affect the brain. [More]
New bodily process may explain low blood oxygen levels for cystic fibrosis patients with lung infection

New bodily process may explain low blood oxygen levels for cystic fibrosis patients with lung infection

Researchers have defined a new bodily process in mice that may explain why blood oxygen levels are lower for patients with cystic fibrosis when they get a lung infection. [More]
Students attending Brainworks program to learn how regular exercise may help improve brain health

Students attending Brainworks program to learn how regular exercise may help improve brain health

About 140 seventh- and eighth-graders attending Cedars-Sinai's Brainworks program March 23 will learn how hopping, skipping, jumping and other elements of a regular exercise routine may help improve brain health. An exercise station - a new feature of the 17-year-old program - will be one of nine areas where students will interact with Cedars-Sinai neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuroscientists and other health professionals. [More]
MIS TLIF surgery results in less pain, shorter hospital stay and faster recovery

MIS TLIF surgery results in less pain, shorter hospital stay and faster recovery

A minimally invasive spinal fusion back surgery results in less blood loss, less postoperative pain, smaller incisions, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery and return to work. [More]
Loyola surgeon describes the immense benefits of minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery

Loyola surgeon describes the immense benefits of minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery

A minimally invasive spinal fusion back surgery results in less blood loss, less postoperative pain, smaller incisions, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery and return to work. [More]
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital recognized as one of 100 Top Hospitals in U.S.

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital recognized as one of 100 Top Hospitals in U.S.

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has been named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of data-driven analytics and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. [More]
Tetanus booster shot enhances effect of vaccine therapy for lethal brain tumors

Tetanus booster shot enhances effect of vaccine therapy for lethal brain tumors

An innovative approach using a tetanus booster to prime the immune system enhances the effect of a vaccine therapy for lethal brain tumors, dramatically improving patient survival, according to a study led by Duke Cancer Institute researchers. [More]
Oncologists welcome gene expression profiling tests for women with early-stage breast cancer but have concerns

Oncologists welcome gene expression profiling tests for women with early-stage breast cancer but have concerns

Oncologists welcome gene expression profiling tests as an added tool in deciding whether women with early-stage breast cancer should have chemotherapy, a new study has found. But they have significant reservations about the cost of the test and whether it is being overused and used for the right patients. [More]
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