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Keeping Your Brain Healthy During the Pandemic


By Philip E. Stieg, PhD, MD
Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medicine
Margaret and Robert J. Hariri, MD ’87, PhD ’87 Professor of Neurological Surgery

These are unprecedented times, and we are facing unimaginable challenges. Those on the front lines of the pandemic – the health care heroes who are saving lives every day, and losing that fight for far too many patients – are enduring unthinkable levels of stress in addition to the physical dangers they face each day.

While it cannot compare to what an emergency room nurse or doctor is experiencing, there are so many other people right now whose anxiety levels are through the roof. The virus, and the fear of the unknown, are primal threats that have us all worrying:

Improving Outcomes After Brain Injury


By Amanda Sacks-Zimmerman, PhD, and Jessica Spat-Lemus, PhD

Cognitive remediation after any kind of brain injury — whether from trauma, stroke, surgery, or other event — has been shown to be valuable in helping patients regain function.

An Immersive Experience in Tanzania


By Dr. Beverly Cheserem, BM (hons), FRCS Neurosurgery
Global Neurosurgery Fellow, Tanzania

I came across the Weill Cornell Medicine Global Health Neurosurgery Fellowship by pure chance one evening last year in London, when I typed “global neurosurgery” into a search engine. I emailed Dr. Härtl immediately, attaching my CV and asking about the possibility of my being his fellow in Tanzania. Although it was a Sunday evening, Dr. Härtl responded within just two hours and we set up a date for an informal Skype interview.

Solving Brain Bleeds in the Elderly


By Philip E. Stieg, Ph.D., M.D.
Neurosurgeon-in-Chief

When former president Jimmy Carter was hospitalized this week to treat pressure on his brain from bleeding, it brought to light a common condition that holds a special danger for the elderly. It also brings up the topic of minimally invasive surgical approaches, and why our aging population in particular can benefit from them.

Pulsatile Tinnitus: Don’t Just “Live With It”


By Athos Patsalides, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology in Neurological Surgery

The symptoms of pulsatile tinnitus should always be evaluated, since a diagnostic workup can either find or rule out potentially life-threatening conditions, and because we may find a cause – such as venous sinus stenosis – that is treatable.

7 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer's


By Philip E. Stieg
Neurosurgeon-in-Chief

There is no guarantee that any individual can prevent Alzheimer’s disease, but you can change your odds. I have long been convinced that living a brain-healthy life will lead to improved overall health in old age – and that includes cognitive health.

256 Ways to Be Depressed (and Finding a Path Out of It)


By Philip E. Stieg, Ph.D., M.D.
Neurosurgeon-in-Chief

Clinical depression is profound and life-altering, and it often requires medical treatment. It’s a complicated condition, but science has agreed that there are nine signs of clinical depression, and a patient only needs five of them in order to be diagnosed.

Heroes in the Aisle


By Beth Higgins, PA-C  
Physician Assistant, Neurosurgery

I had only ever used CPR once before when I was recently called into action — of all places, on an airplane flight.

Spinal Endoscopy Offers New Options


By Eric Elowitz, MD
Vice Chairman for Quality and Patient Safety 
Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, Spinal Surgery

I’ve dedicated my neurosurgical career to finding newer and less invasive surgical techniques for relieving back pain. Advances in minimally invasive spine surgery have been truly extraordinary over the past 20 years or so, and I’ve been gratified to be at the forefront of the movement. Getting my patients back to work, back to their families and their hobbies, free of pain, is enormously rewarding.

Paul Greengard, 1925-2019: An Appreciation


Philip Stieg, PhD, MD
Chairman of the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center Neurosurgeon-in-Chief of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

The entire faculty and staff of the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center mourn the passing of Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Paul Greengard, PhD, who died Saturday at age 93. Dr. Greengard was Vincent Astor Professor and head of the Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience at Rockefeller University as well as the director of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research.

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