James Barrese, MD, FAANS: Combining Science Fiction and Surgery

Neurosurgeon James Barrese, MD, FAANS, almost didn’t become a doctor. His father, an anesthesiologist, tried to talk him out of a career in medicine. Instead, Dr. Barrese studied neuroscience—particularly technology’s impact on the brain and nervous system. Fascinated by the field, he applied to medical school and never looked back. “Once I started shadowing surgeons…

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The Electrician vs. the Carpenter Revisited

Dr. Mark R McLaughlin, MD, FAANS, FACS revisits and updates the discussion exploring one of the most common internet queries for patients: who is better qualified to perform spine surgery? An orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon? The Electrician vs the Carpenter Revisited https://www.aansneurosurgeon.org/feature/the-electrician-vs-the-carpenter-revisited/

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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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