George Mandybur, MD, calls it the Goldilocks theory of deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery. Patients who undergo the procedure for Parkinson’s disease don’t want to have a major surgical procedure too early in the course of their disease, when medications are still working well. And they don’t want to have it too late, when the surgery’s benefits might be minimal. “They want to choose the time that is ‘just right,’ ” says Mandybur, a neurosurgeon with Mayfield Brain & Spine. “It’s a personal decision made by the patient, the neurologist, and the surgeon.” Read more »
They painted a horse and a hummingbird, stars and the sun. They painted circles, squares and survivor ribbons. In a successful first-time event, 18 members of the Tri-State Brain Aneurysm Support Group painted with watercolors Wednesday evening at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) downtown. Overseeing the group was Alexandra Dellis-Harcha, art director for Curiosity Advertising and a volunteer docent at the CAC. Instruction, supplies and refreshments were provided at no charge. Read more »
James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, the R.S. McLaughlin Professor & Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neurosurgery, on Friday gave a hopeful overview of progress that is being made in the treatment of what he called “the worst tumor in humans.”
Speaking as the Mayfield Lecturer at the 33rd Mayfield Neuroscience Symposium at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Dr. Rutka outlined two significant developments that are being made in the quest to treat diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), the brain cancer that took the life of Lauren Hill, the 19-year-old basketball player from Mount St. Joseph. Read more »
Bob Meister was a 21-year-old lineman for a utility company when he fell 40 feet from a pole and fractured his spine. The injury left him paralyzed from the waist down and changed the direction of his life. Following treatment from a Mayfield Brain & Spine neurosurgeon and a long recovery, Mr. Meister went back to school, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in rehabilitation counseling, and became a social worker on the rehabilitation unit at Good Samaritan Hospital. Read more »
Geraldine Wu, MD, posed the question on her PowerPoint slide to a room packed with listeners eager for a calmer, less stressful life. Mind full? Or Mindful?
It was an ah-ha! moment. Read more »