What is CTE? What You Need to Know about Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

boxers in a ring trade blows to the head, which can contribute to a risk of CTE

What is CTE? Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, otherwise known as CTE, is categorized as a neurodegenerative condition resulting from continuous trauma to the head. This disease can cause mood changes, mental impairment, learning disabilities, and memory loss. It is commonly the result of intense physical activities, military service, and professional sports. The disease has become a…

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Princeton Brain, Spine and Sports Medicine Launches Redesigned Website  

New Site Includes Enhanced User Experience & Multimedia Education   As part of our goal to blend compassionate care with the industry’s most advanced neurosurgical and sports medicine treatment, Princeton Brain & Spine recently launched its redesigned patient website. Since Dr. Mark McLaughlin opened PBS in 2005, the practice has grown exponentially. Our medical team…

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Opening Doors

For a long time now we’ve wanted to bring our special brand of neurosurgical care into the Hamilton area. Now we have the people power to accomplish just that. Princeton Brain & Spine neurosurgeon Dr. Nazer Qureshi is now providing care to area residents from our new office at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. The new…

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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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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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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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Creating a Spine-Friendly Workplace

Where do you spend most of your time in a given week?  Many would say at a desk, in front of a computer. Here’s my question: are you being kind to your back while you do your job, or are you spineless when it comes to watching (out for) your back? Let me share some…

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