Medicine

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

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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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Darren Daulton’s Glioblastoma – Brain Tumor

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Former Phillies catcher Darren Daulton’s recent diagnosis of glioblastoma has a lot of people asking questions about this type of tumor. Glioblastoma is a tumor that starts out in the brain itself.  We usually become aware of it when it grows large enough to press on parts of the brain that serve important functions, like…

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Five Steps to Prevent Lower Back Pain

No matter our age or physical condition, we can all get lower back pain at some point in our lives. A Centers for Disease Control study once found that more than 25% of adults suffered lower back pain in the previous three months. In addition, another survey by The Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center of…

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Concussion Consensus Conference

As a neurosurgeon and a sports fan, concussions have always been a particular interest to me on a professional and personal level. In early November of last year, the Fourth International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport, was held in Zurich, Switzerland. The results of the meeting were released earlier this week. Importantly, the panel…

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