New life for Celebrex (and arthritis sufferers) after clinical trial

Donald Carruthers, MD, at the Mayfield physician offices at Rookwood Exchange.

Donald Carruthers, MD, at the Mayfield physician offices at Rookwood Exchange.

By Donald Carruthers, MD

The results of the PRECISION trial (Prospective Randomized Evaluation of Celecoxib Integrated Safety vs. Ibuprofen Or Naproxen) warrant a reevaluation of prescribing habits for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as a treatment for spinal disorders, arthritis, and other painful conditions. Read more »

When to have DBS surgery? Not too soon, not too late

Ann Edelen and Dr. George Mandybur discuss deep brain stimulation at the 2016 Sunflower Rev-It-Up Symposium & Expo.

Ann Edelen and Dr. George Mandybur discuss deep brain stimulation at the
2016 Sunflower Rev-It-Up for Parkinson’s Symposium & Expo.

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 »

More than just a meeting: Tri-State Brain Aneurysm Support Group dabbles in art

Brain aneurysm survivors, caregivers and friends enjoy an evening with watercolors at Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center. Photos by Cindy Starr.

Brain aneurysm survivors, caregivers and friends enjoy an evening with watercolors at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center. Photos by Cindy Starr.

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 »

Mayfield Lecturer James Rutka, MD, PhD: New hope for treating brainstem tumor DIPG

Mario Zuccarello, MD, left, Mayfield neurosurgeon and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at UC, and Mayfield Lecturer James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. Photo by Tonya Hines.

Mario Zuccarello, MD, left, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Cincinnati, and Mayfield Lecturer James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. Photo by Tonya Hines.

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 »

Mayfield helps ThinkFirst celebrate 30 years of brain and spinal cord injury prevention

ThinkFirst volunteer Bob Meister, center, with Krista Jones, left, and Stephanie Lambers, right, of ThinkFirst and TriHealth.

ThinkFirst volunteer Bob Meister, center, with Krista Jones, left, and
Stephanie Lambers, right, of ThinkFirst and TriHealth.

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 »