Tag Archives: Surgery

Brain surgery made easier

Visiting a neurosurgeon can be a daunting experience for a patient, whether they are seeking treatment for a history of spinal pain, or for a brain aneurysm that was picked up on a precautionary CT scan. Neurosurgeon Dr Rodney Allan said the last ten years have brought enormous advances in neurosurgery, with more precise operating… Read More »

Laughter may be best medicine — for brain surgery

Neuroscientists at Emory University School of Medicine have discovered a focal pathway in the brain that when electrically stimulated causes immediate laughter, followed by a sense of calm and happiness, even during awake brain surgery. The effects of stimulation were observed in an epilepsy patient undergoing diagnostic monitoring for seizure diagnosis. These effects were then… Read More »

8-year-old African child who was flown to the U.S. for surgery by NBA star Dikembe Mutombo has died

(Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for UNICEF) Former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo is mourning the death of the 8-year-old African boy that he flew to the United States earlier this month for surgery to remove a tumor. The child, Matadi Sela Petit of Kinshasa, Congo, died after suffering a “rare and unpredictable genetic reaction to… Read More »