RFK's assassination: A medical analysis of his injuries and neurosurgical care
(Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group) Covers the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. The authors 'review the eyewitness reports of the mechanism of injury, the care rendered for three hours prior to the emergency craniotomy, the clinical course, and, ultimately, the autopsy.' The discussion of autopsy findings is supplemented by an artist's depiction of the extent of Senator Kennedy's head injury. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
FDA Recalls Brain Surgery Device Due to Heating Problem
At least one patient has died from an intracranial hemorrhage that may be related to overheating of a device used during brain surgery. FDA said it has received reports of overheating of Monteris Medical NeuroBlate probes. The NeuroBlate probes are small, carbon dioxide-cooled catheters designed to allow minimally invasive entry into a patient's brain. The probes are part of the NeuroBlate System, which is used to remove, thick or solidify, or destroy cells in brain tissue. The device was developed as an alternative to traditional craniotomies, and it was cleared by FDA in 2013. FDA said that in some cases, the NeuroBlate ...
Source: MDDI - March 23, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news
Experts warn Senator John McCain's brain cancer will return even after radiation and chemotherapy
(Natural News) Last July 31, Senator John McCain returned to Arizona to undergo chemotherapy and targeted radiation, both standard post-surgical treatments for his brain tumor. The Arizona politician, 80, was diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma following a craniotomy to remove a blood clot below his left eyebrow. The July 14 procedure was scheduled after McCain... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Mayo Clinic picks up 11% stake in neuromod startup NeuroOne
The Mayo Clinic as acquired an 10.9% stake in epilepsy treatment neuromod startup NeuroOne’s parent firm, according an SEC filing from the company. NeuroOne is developing a “thin film” electrode technology, originally from the University of Wisconsin, designed to be implanted in the brain. The film can detect irregular brain activity, accurate to single neurons, to pinpoint the source of seizures and tremors, according to the filing, and has been used in testing at the Mayo Clinic. The technology combines detection alongside deep brain stimulation treatment and ablation capabilities to monitor and treat i...
Source: Mass Device - August 7, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Neurological Neuromodulation/Neurostimulation Mayo Clinic neuroone Source Type: news
Seeking Clarity Around Craniotomy Seeking Clarity Around Craniotomy
A new meta-analysis seeks to lend clarity to the discussion of this controversial treatment, says stroke specialist Christopher Streib.Medscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Expert Interview Source Type: news
Senate Votes to Debate, Redo ACA Repeal Senate Votes to Debate, Redo ACA Repeal
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), recently diagnosed with brain cancer, interrupted his recovery from an emergency craniotomy for removal of a blood clot to help his party win the pivotal vote.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Business of Medicine News Source Type: news
Prognostication of traumatic brain injury outcomes in older trauma patients: a novel risk assessment tool based on initial cranial CT findings - Stawicki SP, Wojda TR, Nuschke JD, Mubang RN, Cipolla J, Hoff WS, Hoey BA, Thomas PG, Sweeney J, Ackerman D, Hosey J, Falowski S.
INTRODUCTION: Advanced age has been traditionally associated with worse traumatic brain injury (TBI) outcomes. Although prompt neurosurgical intervention (NSI, craniotomy or craniectomy) may be life-saving in the older trauma patient, it does not guarantee... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 11, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news
Robot reduces need for open brain surgery to map epileptic seizures
Treatment TermsNeurological disordersEpilepsy SEO Meta Description A minimally invasive robotic device is eliminating the need for some patients to undergo open brain surgery to pinpoint the origin of their epileptic seizures. Author Debbe Geiger Overview A minimally invasive robotic device is eliminating the need for some patients to undergo open brain surgery to pinpoint the origin of their epileptic seizures. The device, in use at Duke and a small handful of epilepsy centers across the country, means neurosurgeons only need to make a few small incisions. The procedure is more precise, procedure time is shortened d...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - January 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dg62 at duke.edu Source Type: news
Lasers plus 'mini' craniotomy can remove larger brain tumors: Study
Ryan MaassCLEVELAND, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Lasers can be used to remove large, " inoperable " brain tumors, including glioblastoma, with the help of a " mini " craniotomy, according to a new study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Study on minimally invasive laser & 'mini' craniotomy for 'inoperable' brain tumors
(University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center) A new paper in October issue of the journal Neurosurgical Focus finds the use of laser beneficial for the removal of large, 'inoperable' glioblastoma (GBM) and other types of brain tumors. The paper describes how the authors treat large, inoperable tumors safely with LITT combined with a very small craniotomy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - October 3, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news
Dad With Cancer Travels From ICU To Delivery Room For Son's Birth
Giving birth is usually an emotional experience, but this particular birth story is an especially powerful one. On Sept. 18, Colorado birth photographer and videographer Sarah Boccolucci had the opportunity to document the birth of baby Levon, the son of Jessica Li and her fiancé Cagney Wenk. The experience was particularly poignant because Cagney had been diagnosed with an aggressive, stage four cancer just three weeks before Jessica’s due date and was receiving treatment in the same hospital where the birth took place. Cagney’s sister, Marissa Wenk, told The Huffington Post that her brot...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 27, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news
Surgical Theater, NordicNeuroLab launch VR diffusion tensor imaging
Surgical Theater said today it inked a partnership deal with NordicNeuroLab to integrate its nordicBrainEx diffusion tensor imaging into Surgical Theater’s Precision VR medical visualization platform. With the newly integrated application, Mayfield Village, Ohio-based Surgical Theater’s platform will be able to process DTI and MRI perfusion scans to allow users of the Precision VR to perform evaluations of healthy brain structures, eloquent areas and targeted pathological tissues. “Partnering with NordicNeuroLab was a natural next step for Surgical Theater. Our Precision VR platform and nordicBrainEx...
Source: Mass Device - September 23, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Software / IT Surgical NordicNeuroLab Surgical Theater Source Type: news
PodMed: A Medical News Roundup From Johns Hopkins (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include use of cord blood, the burden of electronic medical records, the utility of craniotomy in traumatic brain injury, and alternative therapies for managing pain (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - September 10, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news
Monteris Medical wins FDA IDE nod for another NeuroBlate brain cancer trial
Monteris Medical said today it won FDA investigational device exemption to explore the use of its NeuroBlate system in patients newly diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme. The NeuroBlate system is designed to ablate, necrotize or coagulate soft tissue during neurosurgery procedures through laser thermotherapy, and is not intended for any specific disease or lesion type, the company said. With the investigative approval, Plymouth, Minn.-based Monteris said it expects to launch a new study of its device in the 4th quarter of this year, with enrollment slated for 5 sites in the U.S. “Glioblastoma multiforme ...
Source: Mass Device - September 8, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Neurological Monteris Medical Source Type: news
The unique voices of our patient representatives
By: Robert M. Califf, M.D., and Heidi C. Marchand, Pharm.D. We recently met with 21 inspirational patients and patient caregivers who have made the extraordinary commitment to become FDA patient representatives. These volunteers were in Washington to participate in our two-day Patient Representative Workshop so they can receive training that will allow them to help FDA meet its critical responsibility of guiding the development and evaluation of safe and effective medical products. The patient representative program has existed since 1999 and is integral to fulfilling FDA’s strong commitment to ensure that the needs ...
Source: Mass Device - August 4, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Blog FDA Source Type: news
Neurosurgery makes pain management curricular breakthroughs
Leaders in neurosurgery have taken a hands-on approach to training residents with an eye toward filling knowledge and skill gaps —one such gap is pain management. Learn how they’re making strides in preparing residents for the board exam and more effective patient care. Neurosurgery “boot camps” were created in 2009 to help fill in some of the knowledge gaps in resident training. Neurosurgeons in training attend one boot camp at the start of internship and another before becoming a junior resident.“The boot camps … use extensive simulation labs with ICU crises where you have a mannequi...
Source: AMA Wire - August 2, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news
Don ’ t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow: How Participatory Medicine Helped My Family
On Halloween night 2014, my mother and I found ourselves sitting in an executive suite at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC, eagerly awaiting to see my favorite band, Fleetwood Mac. I know it may be a little odd that someone my age, which at the time was 21, is obsessed with that band and not something more “hip” like one of the flavor of the week popstars, but what can I say? I have good taste in music, thanks in part to my mother. As the lights in the arena went down and Stevie Nicks and the group took the stage, I couldn’t help but think how lucky I was to be here with my mother. Looking back now, ...
Source: Society for Participatory Medicine - July 28, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Mayank Agarwal Tags: Member Updates Newsletter empowered patient family participatory medicine Patient Empowerment patient stories Tracy Zervakis Source Type: news
Chronic MI and Neural Changes: The Anesthesiology News Report
(MedPage Today) -- Also, acupuncture for pain post-craniotomy (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - June 29, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news
Right frontotemporal craniotomy for resection of right cavernous sinus fungal infection
Video 1. Operative video demonstrating key portions of the cavernous sinus resection with ECA–MCA bypass. This procedure was used to treat a case of biopsy-proven Aspergillus infection of the paranasal sinuses in an immunocompetent patient with direct contiguous spread despite antifungal medication. Copyright Vance Mortimer. Published with permission (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - May 23, 2016 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news
Therapeutic Decompressive Craniectomy in Severe TBITherapeutic Decompressive Craniectomy in Severe TBI
This study aims to assess the risks and benefits. BMC Neurology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Journal Article Source Type: news
Esmolol Reduces Anesthetic RequirementsEsmolol Reduces Anesthetic Requirements
The use of esmolol is an anesthesia technique that can significantly decrease the consumption of anesthetics for patients undergoing elective craniotomy. BMC Anesthesiology (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - February 17, 2016 Category: Surgery Tags: Anesthesiology Journal Article Source Type: news
Hypnosis may provide new option for 'awake surgery' for brain cancer
(Wolters Kluwer Health) Could hypnosis help to reduce the psychological trauma associated with 'awake craniotomy' for brain cancers? A new 'hypnosedation' technique offers a new alternative for patients undergoing awake surgery for gliomas, suggests a study in the January issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, published by Wolters Kluwer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 28, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news
Surgical Theater pulls in $9m Series A for VR surgical platform
Surgical Theater said today it pulled in $9 million in a Series A round, jumping ship from the Facebook owned Oculus Rift VR platform to HTC Corporations’ Vive. HTC led the round of funding for Cleveland, Ohio-based Surgical Theater, joined by Shanghai Creation Investment Management. “This additional funding is a vote of confidence in Surgical Theater’s vision of enhancing the way surgeons interact and utilize medical imaging, now and in the future,” Surgical Theater CEO Moty Avisar said in a press release. Surgical Theater is developing a virtual reality-based image guidance system that will allow ...
Source: Mass Device - October 19, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Software / IT Surgical Surgical Theater Source Type: news
UCLA doctors perform life-changing surgery on woman plagued by internal sounds of her body
The sounds in Rachel Pyne’s ears were deafening and inescapable. Her footsteps rumbled through her head like thunder. She could hear the thump of her heartbeat, her food digesting, and even the shifting of her eyes. “It was crazy,” said Pyne, who started hearing her body’s internal sounds in March of last year. “I could hear my eyes swoosh around as I moved them back and forth, like moving your hand in water.” Pyne also began to lose her balance and suffer debilitating dizziness and nausea. It wasn’t long until her symptoms affected every aspect of her life. “I couldn’t...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - September 2, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news
Hospitals’ compliance with guidelines for treating brain injuries doesn’t guarantee better outcomes
Two decades ago, the Brain Trauma Foundation published its first set of guidelines for treating traumatic brain injury. Now, a study by the Los Angeles County Trauma Consortium — which includes several physicians from UCLA — has found that compliance with those guidelines doesn’t necessarily translate into better results for patients. In research published online by the peer-reviewed journal JAMA Surgery, the consortium analyzed 2009 and 2010 data from all 14 L.A. County trauma centers and found no evidence that compliance with the guidelines led to lower mortality rates. “There is no direct co...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - July 27, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news
Serum and CSF Drug Concentrations After CraniotomySerum and CSF Drug Concentrations After Craniotomy
Destruction of the blood-brain barrier after craniotomy may increase the CSF concentration of cefoperazone/sulbactam. BMC Anesthesiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Anesthesiology Journal Article Source Type: news
Levetiracetam Prevents Seizures During CraniotomyLevetiracetam Prevents Seizures During Craniotomy
Levetiracetam (LEV) may be more effective than phenytoin (PHT) in preventing seizures during craniotomy in patients with brain tumors, a new study suggests. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news
Effects of Ramosetron on Postoperative Nausea and VomitingEffects of Ramosetron on Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting
This study compares ramosetron with ondansetron for the prevention of nausea and vomiting after a craniotomy. BMC Anesthesiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 15, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Anesthesiology Journal Article Source Type: news
Mother with inoperable brain tumour given just months to live 'could now survive another 15 years' after undergoing radical surgery in the US
Laura Fischer-Beards, from the West Midlands, underwent a treatment called 'awake craniotomy with mapping'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Paradoxical HerniationParadoxical Herniation
What was the cause of this patient's acute change in mental status four months after undergoing a craniotomy? Applied Radiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 13, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Radiology Journal Article Source Type: news
UCLA brain-pacemaker patient to play guitar in public for first time since live-tweeted surgery
WHAT: Brad Carter, a Los Angeles man who captured international attention when he strummed his guitar during a live-tweeted UCLA surgery to implant a pacemaker in his brain, will appear at a UCLA press conference to discuss with his surgeon how undergoing the procedure has changed his life. He will also play guitar in public for the first time since the May 23 surgery. Carter chose to undergo the surgery to halt what is known as benign essential tremor, a neurological disorder that made his hands shake when he moved them. He was the 500th Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center patient to undergo the...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - July 5, 2013 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news
Craniotomy or Decompressive Craniectomy for ICH?Craniotomy or Decompressive Craniectomy for ICH?
Do large decompressive craniectomies offer improved clinical outcomes over craniotomies after surgical evacuation of supratentorial intracerebral hemorrhage? Neurosurgical Focus (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 27, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Journal Article Source Type: news
Even With Brain Mapping, Damage To Inner Brain Structures Can Occur During Conscious Brain Surgery
Injury to the subcortical structures of the inner brain is a major contributor to worsening neurological abnormalities after "awake craniotomy" for brain tumors, reports a study in the February issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. During a procedure intended to protect critical functional areas in the outer brain (cortex), damage to subcortical areas - which may be detectable on MRI scans - is a major risk factor for persistent neurological deficits... (Source: Health News f...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 11, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology / Neuroscience Source Type: news
Subcortical damage is 'primary cause' of neurological deficits after 'awake craniotomy'
(Wolters Kluwer Health) Injury to the subcortical structures of the inner brain is a major contributor to worsening neurological abnormalities after "awake craniotomy" for brain tumors, reports a study in the February issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 7, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news
Age alone should not discourage the use of craniotomy in elderly
Seicean A. Cancer. 2012:doi:10.1002/cncr.27851. (Source: HemOncToday.com)
Source: HemOncToday.com - January 7, 2013 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news