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4 major advancements in brain surgery since 2000

Since 2000, brain surgery technology and techniques have evolved to improve patient outcomes. In this week’s MedBlog, Sam Barnett, M.D., discusses what he considers to be the top four advancements in brain tumor care over the last two decades.

Brain

Invisible acoustic neuroma surgery removes tumors with no visible scarring

Invisible acoustic neuroma surgery is an advanced technique for tumor removal that results in no visible scarring. UT Southwestern is one of just two centers in the U.S. to offer this procedure.

Brain; Mental Health

Mindful meditation can reduce stress, risk of cardiovascular disease

An integrative approach to health includes not only good nutrition, adequate exercise and sleep, but also engaging in positive relationships and stress management. The last six decades have brought forth extensive evidence that meditation and the mind-body connection can have tangible effects on your health.

Brain; Mental Health; Prevention

6 tech tips to get a better night's sleep

We know that smartphone use before bed disrupts our sleeping habits. But it’s impractical today to say mobile devices should be banned from the bedroom. Natalia S. David, PsyD., discusses how technology can promote better sleep – rather than hinder it.

Brain; Mental Health

Debunked! 4 myths about electroconvulsive therapy for depression

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is one of the most effective treatments for treatment-resistant depression, though misinformation abounds online. In this MedBlog, Kala Bailey, M.D., debunks ECT myths and describes an exciting new research study. Learn more.

Brain

Disney star’s death shows it’s time to end the epilepsy stigma

While tragic, the death of Disney star Cameron Boyce has given voice to SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy). Epilepsy is common, but it still carries a stigma for many patients and their families. Sasha Alick, M.D., discusses why patients should talk about epilepsy, plus tips to reduce health risks.

Aging; Brain

Deaths of John Singleton, Luke Perry show that stroke can strike early. Know the signs.

At age 52 in 2019, actor Luke Perry died after having a stroke. His death highlights a need for people of all ages to know the risk factors and signs of stroke, says Mark Goldberg, M.D. Learn more.

Brain; Women's Health

What women need to know about common benign brain tumors

Women are at higher risk for benign brain tumors than men – but why? In this week’s blog, neurosurgeon Toral Patel, M.D., discusses what we do and don’t know about benign brain tumors, as well as surgical and nonsurgical treatment options. Learn more.

Brain

How the eyes and pupils provide clues to brain health after stroke – and maybe after concussion

After a stroke, concussion, or brain injury, the eyes provide clues about a patient’s brain health. In this week’s blog, Hunt Batjer, M.D., discusses how new technology helps doctors detect changes in brain functioning – and how coaches might soon be able to use pupillometry to detect concussion. Learn more.

Brain; Mental Health

Anticholinergic drugs: A potential link to dementia

A new study suggests that certain anticholinergic drugs commonly prescribed for depression, Parkinson’s disease, and bladder conditions might increase the risk for dementia in patients who took the medications long-term.