Pain management and the opioid crisis

Pain management and the opioid crisis

You hear it all the time: we are in the midst of an opioid crisis. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, in 2015 an estimated 2-million people suffered from opioid pain-reliever related substance use disorder and more than 33,000 Americans died as a result of an opioid overdose. How did so many Americans…

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August is Neurosurgery Awareness Month

August is Neurosurgery Awareness Month

Neurosurgery has been around for more than a thousand years. The first documented brain surgeon was Abulcasis, who lived from 936 to 1013AD, and wrote many works on neurosurgical diagnosis and treatment, including writings on head injuries and skull fractures, spinal injuries and subdural effusions. Fast forward 800 years, because it wasn’t until 1879 that…

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Brain Tumor Advances

Brain Tumor Advances

The treatment of brain tumors has dramatically changed over the past few decades. Although many benign tumors can be treated with surgery alone, it is all too frequent that we encounter malignant tumors that cannot be cured with surgery alone. This is one of the greatest challenges in all of medicine. Diagnosing: The initial goal…

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