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  • Jefferson Neurologist Finds Two-Thirds Reduction in Death After Surgery
    Jefferson Neurologist Finds Two-Thirds Reduction in Death After Surgery
    Death is rare among patients whose epilepsy is well controlled. But patients who continue to have seizures have up to a one in 100 annual risk of death. Michael Sperling, M.D., Baldwin Keyes Professor of Neurology and Director of the Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, has been researching this mysterious phenomenon for decades. Fortunately, his recent publication in Neurology contains hope.

  • Trouble with the [Spinal] Curve
    Trouble with the [Spinal] Curve
    When Cassie Hepler arrived at spinal neurosurgeon Joshua Heller's office, she had been suffering from scoliosis for many years and was getting progressively worse.

  • Severe Headache Leads to Serious Diagnosis
    Severe Headache Leads to Serious Diagnosis
    Unaware she was experiencing a ruptured brain aneurysm, Judith turned to Jefferson endovascular neurosurgeon Dr. Tjoumakaris, who performed a life-saving procedure.

  • Low Vitamin D Levels Increases Dementia Risk
    Low Vitamin D Levels Increases Dementia Risk
    According to a study by researchers in the US and Europe “vitamin D deficiency is associated with a substantially increased risk of all-cause dementia and Alzheimer disease.”

  • New Treatment for Brain Tumors Featured
    New Treatment for Brain Tumors Featured
    Jefferson Neurosurgeon Kevin Judy and his patient are featured in a 6ABC Action News story on a new treatment for difficult to reach tumors called NeuroBlate.

  • Jefferson Neurologist Honored
    Jefferson Neurologist Honored
    Marinos Dalakas, MD, a professor of Neurology at Jefferson received a lifetime achievement award from his peers at the 7th International Immunoglobulin Conference.

  • Neurosurgery Chair Honored by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons
    Neurosurgery Chair Honored by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons
    Robert H. Rossenwasser, MD, the Jewell L. Osterholm, MD Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery, has been awarded the American Association of Neurological Surgeons' Cushing Award for Technical Excellence and Innovation in Neurosurgery.

  • Ablation Standards – Putting the Heat on Epilepsy, Part 2
    Ablation Standards – Putting the Heat on Epilepsy, Part 2
    Jefferson specialists are seeking to established standards for the treatment of epilepsy with laser ablation.

  • Laser Ablation – Putting the Heat on Epilepsy, Part 1
    Laser Ablation – Putting the Heat on Epilepsy, Part 1
    Laser ablation surgery for epilepsy helped Nancy overcome her seizures.

  • A Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Patient’s Journey
    A Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Patient’s Journey
    Brian had had a subarachnoid hemorrhage – a brain bleed – and aneurysms. On top of that, he had a serious case of pneumonia. The South Jersey man needed around the clock care and monitoring in a neuro-intensive care unit at Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience.

  • Place Your Bets to Beat Brain Cancer
    Place Your Bets to Beat Brain Cancer
    If you know the name Garo Yepremian, it likely brings to mind the great Miami Dolphins’ teams of the 1970s, but probably not brain cancer research. These days, however, the former pro-bowl NFL kicker is dedicated to raising money to beat a tougher opponent than the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, or Oakland Raiders of any more »

  • Individualized Care for Low Back Pain
    Individualized Care for Low Back Pain
    Jefferson University Hospital takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating low back problems with specialists in pain management, rehabilitation, orthopedics and neurosurgery developing individualized treatments for each patient.

  • Undaunted by Brain Tumor, Rob Pursues NFL Dream
    Undaunted by Brain Tumor, Rob Pursues NFL Dream
    Rob long was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was 21 years old and pursuing a career as a punter in the NFL but with Jefferson's help has not let the cancer diagnosis stop his pursuit of his dream.

  • Vitamin B12 and the Brains of Seniors
    Vitamin B12 and the Brains of Seniors
    Are you getting enough Vitamin B12? Are your parents? A study, by researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, suggests that in older people with low levels of this vitamin, or at least the markers for it, appeared to increase the risk of changes in the brain and cognition. The study, published in the more »

  • Insulin Nasal Spray Appears to Slow Alzheimer’s Disease
    Insulin Nasal Spray Appears to Slow Alzheimer’s Disease
    It’s difficult to grasp how horrifying and devastating it must be to know your mind is slipping into dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Most of us have seen it in someone we know or love and that’s hard enough. And there has been little good news in terms of promising treatments for patients with Alzheimer’s. So, more »

  • Jefferson Brain Tumor Patient Gets Chance at the NFL
    Jefferson Brain Tumor Patient Gets Chance at the NFL
    The last eight months have been up and down for Rob Long. But on August 2, Rob got what he had been hoping for: a chance to show an NFL team that he could play at the professional level. With the NFL lockout finally over and training camps underway, the Cleveland Browns asked Long to more »

  • FDA Warns About High-Dose Cholesterol Medication
    FDA Warns About High-Dose Cholesterol Medication
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned about the dangers of a popular high-dose cholesterol-lowering drug - simvastatin - which can cause muscle injury.

  • Cell Phones and Brain Cancer: to Call or Not to Call?
    Cell Phones and Brain Cancer: to Call or Not to Call?
    The World Health Organization declared that cell phones might be a cause of brain cancer, but the evidence is weak and at this point Jefferson neurosurgeon Christopher Farrell, MD, says there is scant evidence of a linkage.

  • Time Is Critical in the Treatment of Stroke
    Time Is Critical in the Treatment of Stroke
    If you experience the symptoms of a stroke, it is critical that you get to an emergency room as quickly as possible. That’s because millions of brain cells die every minute of a stroke and because administration of clot-busting drugs such as intravenous tPA must be done within a small window after the onset of a more »

  • A Pipeline to Better Vision and Health
    A Pipeline to Better Vision and Health
    A new device adds to the arsenal of Jefferson vascular neurosurgeons – the most experienced and busiest team in the greater Philadelphia region. After a hot summer day working in the garden at the North Philadelphia boarding house owned by her parents, Belinda Cook lay down for a nap. Two weeks later she woke up more »

  • Drug Doesn’t Help Mild Alzheimer’s Disease, Analysis Finds
    Drug Doesn’t Help Mild Alzheimer’s Disease, Analysis Finds
    A lifelong friend of my father recently died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81. He had grown up with my father in West Philadelphia and together with several others were members of my dad’s “gang” of buddies – The Boys. The decline into Alzheimer’s disease of a once brilliant lawyer and genial “uncle” more »

  • Join Jefferson in the Strides for Stroke Run/Walk on June 13
    Join Jefferson in the Strides for Stroke Run/Walk on June 13
    Join Jefferson in the fight against stroke by signing up for the Dr. Howard Mazer Memorial Strides for Stroke 5K Run/Walk on June 13, benefiting the Delaware Valley Stroke Council (DVSC).

  • Get a Free Screening for Stroke
    Get a Free Screening for Stroke
    In honor of Delaware Valley Stroke Alert Day, the Jefferson Comprehensive Stroke Center will be holding free screenings at various locations around the Delaware Valley.