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General Entries

Resident Work Hours Restrictions

The Controversy Over Resident Work Restrictions It all started in 1984 when 18-year-old Libby Zion went to the emergency room at New York Hospital with flu-like symptoms. The two young medical residents—physicians in training—who cared for Zion couldn’t determine the cause of her illness. They prescribed a medication that caused serotonin syndrome, a lethal interaction…

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The Electrician vs. The Carpenter


Who’s Better Trained to do Your Spine Surgery? By Mark R. McLaughlin, MD, FACS, FAANS Now and then a patient will ask this question: Should I have my spinal surgery done by an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon?  Which one is better?

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What You Need to Know About Health Insurance

Many people don’t understand how health insurance works—and that’s understandable. Insurance plans can be very complicated and there are more than 1,000 plans in the marketplace. I’ll give you guidelines for choosing one that gives you the most valuable healthcare benefit: freedom of choice. It can be difficult to wade through the huge amount of…

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Cognitive Dominance at RWJ

Dr. McLaughlin will be speaking on “Cognitive Dominance” at the RWJ Fitness and Wellness Center on February 10 from 6:00-8:00pm. The presentation provides lessons from neurosurgery that can applied to both competition and everyday life. Dr. McLaughlin is a powerful teacher and speaker and attendees will find it both eye-opening and useful. The event is…

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10 Years a Neurosurgeon – Nirav Shah MD

July 1st, marks a memorable day in my life. Ten years ago, on this day, I became a neurosurgeon. As I take a step back to process this fact, it is clear to me that the past decade has been a gift. A gift from my family members, who have stood by my side since…

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Trigeminal Neuralgia and Community Neurosurgery

Why Local Hospitals May Provide Higher-Quality Care Recently I gave a lecture in Boston about a surgical procedure that can cure a rare condition called trigeminal neuralgia. People who suffer from this condition have brief attacks in which they experience excruciating pain in the face, mouth or throat. Many patients describe this pain as similar…

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WGN Chicago News Anchor’s Wife Suffers From Trigeminal Neuralgia

It’s no secret that the physicians at Princeton Brain, Spine & Sports Medicine Care have a special interest in the treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia and other facial pain disorders resulting from nerve problems. In fact, Dr. Mark McLaughlin trained with Dr. Peter Jannetta who developed the gold standard Jannetta Procedure for the microvascular decompression of…

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Chief of Neurosurgery – Reflections

In my first  year as Chief of Neurosurgery at the University Medical Center of Princeton, my main focus has been treating patients. But the administrative aspects of the job have reminded me how important logistics are in the outcome of a patient’s treatment. The amount of detail involved in orchestrating patients, families and caregivers who…

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The Unwanted Side Effects of the Affordable Care Act

Guest Author: Dr. Richard Leshner Chief of Cardiology at St. Mary Medical Center Two huge issues that affect doctors and our patients are the employer mandate—usually referred to as Obamacare—and the use of electronic medical records. There are serious problems with both, but there are solutions as well. Let’s start with the employer mandate. For…

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