Posts Tagged: Surgery

Lung Cancer: 4 Areas of Progress and Challenge

Lung cancer is still the leading cause of cancer death for adults in the US. But clinicians and researchers are making inroads against the disease. Recent progress and challenges in the field include: 1. Smoking – A dramatic decline in the number of smokers directly relates to clear evidence that smoking causes lung cancer and… Read more »

Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Parkinson’s Patients Over Long Term

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) appears to help people with Parkinson’s disease over the long term, according to a recent study published in Neurology. In the study, 159 people with Parkinson’s disease were randomly assigned to deep brain stimulation in either the lobus pallidus interna (GPi) region of the brain or the subthalamic nucleus (STN) region… Read more »

Singer Sheryl Crow’s Brain Tumor Diagnosis

As reported in the news recently, singer Sheryl Crow has been diagnosed with a benign tumor called a meningioma, a tumor that occurs outside of the brain. These tumors grow from the lining of the brain, inside the skull known as the dura mater, making them less severe of a problem than tumors that arise… Read more »

Response to First Treatment May Predict Epilepsy’s Course

In patients diagnosed with epilepsy, the likelihood that they will continue to have seizures may well depend on their response to the initial anti-seizure medication given after their diagnosis. According to a recent study published in Neurology, researchers found that 50 percent of the people in the study were seizure-free after the first medication they… Read more »

LIJ and North Shore Rank Tops for Heart Surgery in New York

LIJ Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital rank among the best for cardiac care, according to the New York State Department of Health. In a new report on adult cardiac surgery (covering 2007-09), LIJ was one of only four hospitals in New York State–and the only hospital on Long Island–with risk-adjusted mortality rates that… Read more »

Monitoring Spinal Cord During Surgery May Prevent Paralysis

The American Academy of Neurology recommends monitoring the spinal cord during spinal surgery and certain chest surgeries to help prevent paralysis or loss of muscle function related to the surgeries, according to an updated guideline published recently in Neurology, the academy’s medical journal. This report, which I cowrote, provides the most comprehensive and compelling evidence… Read more »

Epilepsy Surgery Improves Seizure Control and Quality of Life

A 26-year follow-up study published in the journal Epilepsia revealed that after epilepsy surgery, nearly half of participants were free of disabling seizures and 80 percent reported better quality of life than before surgery. Spanning over three decades, the study is the longest follow-up of epilepsy surgery patients. However, nothing has changed in that time… Read more »