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Dr. Philip Stieg, Director of the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center and Neurosurgeon-in-Chief of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, makes complex neurosurgical conditions easy to understand in this video series.

Medical Minutes - AneurysmsAneurysms are "pouches" that bulge off a blood vessel at weak spots in the vessel wall. They may never cause symptoms, but a rupture is a medical emergency that needs prompt treatment. Dr. Stieg, a specialist in cerebrovascular disorders such as aneurysms, explains what an aneurysm is, how to recognize the symptoms, and the minimally invasive techniques that can now treat it.
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Medical Minutes - Brain Tumors Brain Tumors are abnormal growths in or on the brain. Even benign tumors may cause symptoms due to the pressure they can put on adjacent brain structures. Dr. Philip Stieg explains advances in brain tumor diagnosis and surgery, as well as promising research into better ways to deliver chemotherapy or even vaccines to destroy brain tumors.
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Medical Minutes - ChiariChiari is a malformation at the back of the brain at the skull base that can cause headaches, nausea, and other symptoms. In this episode, Dr. Philip Stieg is joined by Dr. Mark Souweidane, director of the Weill Cornell Pediatric Brain and Spine Center, to talk about Chiari malformation and the minimally invasive surgical techniques used to treat it.
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Medical Minutes - EpilepsyEpilepsy is a common disorder characterized by multiple seizures, which in most cases can be controlled with medication. In cases where seizures cannot be managed with medication, surgery may be in order. In this episode of Medical Minutes, Dr. Stieg is joined by Dr. Theodore Schwartz to explain what makes someone a candidate for epilepsy surgery, and what the surgery entails.
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Medical Minutes Parkinson's DiseaseParkinson's disease is the best known of a group of conditions known as movement disorders, caused by the death of cells that produce dopamine. The resulting abnormal circuitry in the brain causes tremors, stiffness, and other problems with movement. Dr. Philip Stieg talks about advances in surgery for movement disorders, including deep brain stimulation, to control symptoms.
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Medical Minutes - SpasticitySpasticity is the most common movement disorder in children, usually caused by cerebral palsy or traumatic injury. Dr. Philip Stieg is joined by pediatric neurosurgeon Jeffrey Greenfield, PhD., MD, to talk about spasticity in children and young adults. There are many simple non-surgical treatments for spasticity, and very effective surgical treatments available when medication doesn't control the symptoms.
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