15 Years After Diagnosis, Brain Cancer Survivor Takes Multi-Faceted Approach to Care
After being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1998, Jeannine Walston learned that long-term healing has a multi-faceted approach. In an article on the Huffington Post, Watson cites self care, integrative health care and spirituality as the ways she has beaten cancer for 15 years and counting. Click here for more.
Molecular Basis for Cocaine Addiction Unearthed, Shows Promise for Anti-Addiction Drug
A study from Johns Hopkins University has unveiled the molecular basis of cocaine’s effect on the brain, identifying a compound that blocks the desire for the drug in cocaine-addicted mice. The compound, already proven safe for humans, is on the path to possible clinical trials in cocaine addicts. Click here to read more.
AANS' 2013 Annual Report Highlights Patient Safety Improvement Efforts
The 2013 AANS Annual Report, titled Accelerating & Advancing Neurosurgical Safety, is now live and allows readers to see how AANS members are transforming the neurosurgical specialty and improving patient safety in the process. The 2013 edition is available in an electronic "flip book" format that allows readers to page through the document, click on website links, view online video and much more. To view this year's report, as well as annual reports from previous years, please click here.
Free Webinar: Transitioning to ICD-10 Smoothly
Led by Karen Zupko, President of KarenZupko & Associates, Inc., this recorded online presentation focuses on the steps a practice should be taking right now to make the ICD-10 transition seamless. The webinar is available online through Dec. 31, 2013, and is free for AANS and NERVES members. Click here to view this free webinar.
Register Now: Practical Clinics and Breakfast Seminars
All members attending the 2014 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting can now register for practical clinics and/or breakfast seminars. To find out more information and register, please click here. Attendance is limited and additional fees do apply. For additional information about specific sessions, please view the registration brochure here.
Epilepsy Patient Restores Her Life After Cutting-Edge, Minimally-Invasive Procedure
Melanie Vandyke spent almost 15 years incapacitated by epileptic seizures that prevented her from driving, pursuing a career and living independently. But since undergoing an innovative, minimally-invasive procedure called MRI-guided laser ablation, Vandyke is looking forward to reclaiming her life. "You have to be seizure-free for six months to get a [driver’s] license," she said. "I’m halfway there and counting the days." Click here to read the full story.
Scientists Identify Neurological Basis for Overeating
Researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine have identified which of the brain’s cellular connections trigger overeating. Click here to read the full story.
Mental Exertion Zaps Physical Energy, Study Finds
High levels of mental exertion may lead to diminished physical stamina, even when the body still has energy physiologically. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Kent in England and the French Institute of Health and Medical Research assessed how too much thinking may zap physical energy and led to some surprising results. Click here to read the full story.
Which Way is Up? Research Finds Brain Region Associated with Dizziness
Researchers at Johns Hopkins believe they have identified the area of the human brain that plays a role in the subconscious recognition of which way is up and which way is down. The finding, published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, may lead to explanations of dizziness and spatial disorientation. Click here to read the full story.