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World NeurosurgeryNew neurosurgical journal

A new neurosurgical journal has been launched – WORLD NEUROSURGERY, official journal of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies.

According to the editor Dr. Michael J. Apuzzo, the aim of the new journal is “…to not only convey high level peer reviewed clinical and laboratory neuroscience, but to address issues of political, social, economic, educational and cultural relevance on six continents as they affect the management and treatment of neurosurgical diseases regionally and globally. It will chronicle events, places, people, our times, and literature, internationally."

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PolestarNew intraoperative MRI launched - PoleStar N30 Surgical MRI System

Medtronic has announced FDA clearance and U.S. launch of a new intraoperative MRI - the PoleStar® N30 Surgical MRI system.

According to the News Release PoleStar® N30 provides real-time imaging in the operating room and provides the surgeons with targeting and navigational accuracy despite the anatomy movement that may occur during a surgical procedure.

With intra-operative imaging information, neurosurgeons gain more confidence to achieve maximum tumor resection, while avoiding critical areas of the brain. 

Read more on Medtronic website.  


DBSDBS and epilepsy

In a News release from Medtronic, data is presented from the investigational study SANTE® (Stimulation of the Anterior Nucleus of the Thalamus in Epilepsy).

The aim of SANTE® is to study Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy for Epilepsy. The results of the study show improvement over time with median reduction in seizure frequency of 41 percent at one year, 56 percent at two years, and 68 percent at three years of DBS therapy.

Of the original 110 patients who received DBS implants in the trial, 91 remain active in the study. At the time of this data analysis, 102 patients had completed two years and 57 had completed three years of therapy. In addition, 14 patients (13 percent) experienced seizure free intervals ranging from six months to more than four years. 

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microecogmicroECoG Electrodes reads brain activity

A press release from University of Utah describes the technology which provides a lot of information out of the brain without having to put electrodes into the brain. In the current study the microelectrodes were formed in grid-like arrays embedded in rubbery clear silicone.

The arrays were placed over parts of the brain controlling one arm and hand. The study showed that the microECoG electrodes could be used to distinguish brain signals ordering the arm to reach to the right or left, based on differences such as the power or amplitude of the brain waves.

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NussbaumNeurosurgeon Wins BrainLab Award for Stereotactic Radiosurgery Study

Eric Nussbaum, M.D., chair of the National Brain Aneurysm Center based at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., was presented with the 2009 BrainLAB Community Neurosurgeon Award at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) annual conference in San Diego on Wednesday, May 6, 2009.

The BrainLAB Community Neurosurgery Award is presented to a neurosurgeon practicing in a nonacademic setting with the best abstract related to central nervous system tumors. Dr. Nussbaum is receiving the award for his presentation entitled "Long-Term Follow-Up, Results and Complications of the Middle Fossa Approach for Hearing Preservation in Acoustic Neuromas"


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