Deep Brain Stimulation Shows Promise Against Binge Eating Disorder, Penn Research Finds

A small device that detects food craving-related brain activity in a key brain region, and responds by electrically stimulating that region, has shown promise in a pilot clinical trial in two patients with loss-of-control binge eating disorder (BED), according to researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Reduction of Shunt Infection Rates in Adult Hydrocephalus Patients After Implementation of a Standardized Shunt Infection Prevention Protocol

Preoperative skin antisepsis added to a shunt infection control protocol resulted in a reduction of the infection rate to 0% in 379 consecutive procedures. Key to achieving this success were continuous monitoring and adjustments to the shunt protocol, which the authors believe can be easily generalized to other centers. Larger, multicenter studies should be completed to verify the effectiveness of the protocol reported in this study.

Doctors with Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Program lead 22-year-old Tyler resident to seizure freedom

Elisabeth Gentry had experienced auras ever since she was a toddler, but she didn’t learn that the occasional strange tastes in her mouth and feelings of impending doom were epilepsy until 2015, when she was 15 years old and suffered a grand mal seizure.

Bike Helmets: Finding the Right Fit For Your Child

Follow these tips to make sure your child’s helmet is safe. A bike helmet can literally be a lifesaver for a child—dramatically reducing the chances of a head or brain injury from a bike, scooter or skateboard accident. But did you know that a helmet has to fit right to do its job? If it’s too small, too loose, or not positioned correctly, it may not protect your child.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles: The Best Care for Kids in California and the West Coast

U.S. News has again ranked CHLA as the top children’s hospital in California and in the survey’s Pacific U.S. region—which encompasses Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. CHLA also made the publication’s annual Honor Roll of Best Children’s Hospitals for the 14th consecutive year—every year since its inception—finishing No. 8 in the United States in this showcase of the nation’s leading destinations for pediatric medical care.

UCLA neuroscientists use electrical stimulation to restore breathing in surgery patients undergoing opioid-based anesthesia

New UCLA research published in The Journal of Physiology points to a novel treatment for respiratory depression associated with opioid use that administers electrical pulses to the back of the neck, helping patients regain respiratory control following high dosage opioid use. This could offer an alternative to pharmacological treatments, which can cause withdrawal symptoms, heart problems and can negatively affect the central nervous system.

American Association of Neurological Surgeons Honors 2022 Award Winners

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons presented several major awards during the 2022 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting in Philadelphia. These awards honor the lifetime contribution of members for their surgical, scientific and humanitarian accomplishments.

AI Could Predict Ideal Chronic Pain Patients for Spinal Cord Stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation is a minimally invasive FDA-approved treatment to manage chronic pain such as back and neck pain. The ability to accurately predict which patients will benefit from this treatment in the long term is unclear and currently relies on the subjective experience of the implanting physician. A study is the first to use machine-learning algorithms in the neuromodulation field to predict long-term patient response to spinal cord stimulation.

Pain in the Neck? New Surgical Method Could be Game-changing

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is widely used to treat spinal disorders. The fusion involves placing a bone graft or “cage” and/or implants where the surgically removed damaged disc was originally located to stabilize and strengthen the area. The risk factors for cage migration are multifactorial and include patient, radiological characteristics, surgical techniques and postoperative factors. A study is the first to evaluate the effect of the range of motion, cage migration and penetration using variable angle screws and cervical spine models. The plate developed and tested by the researchers provided directional stability and excellent fusion, showing promising clinical outcomes for patients with degenerative cervical spine disease.

NREF and AANS/CNS Tumor Section Announce StacheStrong and NREF Research Grant Recipients

The Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Section on Tumors are pleased to announce Jacob Young, MD, and Daniel Green Eichberg, MD, as the recipients of the StacheStrong and NREF Research Grants on behalf of the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors. These grants were funded by the NREF through a partnership with StacheStrong, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit charity focused on raising funds and awareness for brain cancer research.

Mount Sinai Receives $2.9 Million to Study First-of-its-kind Brain Implant for Restoring Function in Paralyzed Patients

Department of Rehabilitation and Human Performance will lead Mount Sinai in national clinical trial

Mount Sinai Queens Earns Prestigious Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Certification From Joint Commission

The hospital achieved this recognition by meeting rigorous standards for performing endovascular thrombectomy and demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.

Mount Sinai Mobile Interventional Stroke Team Travels to Patients, Resulting in Faster Treatment and Better Outcomes

Study finds stroke patients are nearly twice as likely to be functionally independent if treated by a specialized team that travels to them to perform surgical clot removal

Congress of Neurological Surgeons selects Wolters Kluwer as its publisher

Wolters Kluwer, Health announced a multi-year agreement reestablishing its collaboration with the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the leading organization dedicated to advancing neurosurgery through education and innovation. Beginning in January 2022, Wolters Kluwer will publish three medical specialty journals from CNS’s portfolio including its flagship publication Neurosurgery, one of the most highly cited neurosurgery journals in the world.

Rush University Medical Center Again on U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll

Of the more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals evaluated, Rush University Medical Center ranked No. 19 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, with nine of specialties rated among the country’s very best.

Innovative Gene Therapy ‘Reprograms’ Cells To Reverse Neurological Deficiencies

A new method of gene therapy is helping children born with a rare genetic disorder called AADC deficiency that causes severe physical and developmental disabilities. The study was led by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Penn Launches Region’s First Interdisciplinary Center Focused on Treating Nerve Disorders

Today, Penn Medicine launches the Penn Nerve Center, which unites experts across disciplines to offer expert diagnosis and cutting-edge treatment for a wide range of nerve conditions including traumatic nerve injuries, nerve entrapment, nerve compression, and nerve tumors. Combining experts in neurosurgery, orthopaedics, plastic surgery, physical medicine and rehab, neurology, and radiology, the Center is the first of its kind in the region.

National Neurosurgery Organizations Collaborate to Establish Professionalism Policy for Meetings, Professional Events

Ellen Air, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Neurosurgery Residency Program at Henry Ford Health System and Chair-Elect of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Joint Section on Women in Neurosurgery, is co-author of a new Professionalism and Harassment Model Policy created to provide a code of ethical behavior that promotes professional growth and the free exchange of ideas at neurosurgical meetings, educational courses, conferences and other sponsored events.

Pediatric neurosurgeon reunites with former patient turned colleague three decades later

When Kathy Shelly recalls the planning involved in scheduling her 20-week anatomy ultrasound so that her husband, Don Shelly, could also attend the appointment nearly 31 years ago, she thanks God that Don was able to be there. “I am just so grateful I didn’t have to be alone in that moment,” she said.

Henry Ford Health System First in the U.S. to Offer Next Generation Deep Brain Stimulation System For Parkinson’s Disease

The Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center at Henry Ford Health System was the first in the United States to offer a new FDA-approved device to help treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Neurosurgeon Jason Schwalb, M.D. surgically implanted the Vercise Genus™ Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) System, which stimulates a targeted region of the brain through implanted leads that are placed in the brain.