Neurosurgery

The surgery that changed my life: controlling the seizures

Seventeen-years old, waking up on a Sunday morning wondering who I was, where I was, and how I became that way. That was the first time memory loss had become part of my life. However, it was not the first time I had been overcome by confusion. In fact, that cycle began at age four — on the night I had my first epileptic seizure. Epilepsy is a neurological condition that produces seizures affecting one’s … Read More

Deep Brain Stimulation: life-changing treatment for tremors, and maybe more

Functional neurosurgery is surgery intended to improve brain function.  These procedures have been applied to the treatment of pain, movement disorders, epilepsy, and behavioral disorders. In the past, the techniques were mostly targeted destruction of brain tissue or pathways. In very specific areas, destroying brain tissue could actually help — by decreasing a person’s tremors from movement disorders, for instance. Now with deep brain stimulation technology, these techniques are being replaced by reversible, and non-damaging … Read More

OHSU Brain Institute ranked fifth in nation in neuroscience research

The OHSU Brain Institute has been a national leader in brain and neurology research for years. And that leadership role has been confirmed once again by a new analysis of federal research funding to U.S. medical schools for 2012. The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit group based in North Carolina, ranked OHSU fifth in the nation in total research grants in the neurosciences awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2012. OHSU … Read More

Neuropathic pain — the dysfunctional alarm

In a broad sense, pain is much more than a sensation. Pain can be a lifesaver. Pain can be pleasure. Pain can be the gate to heaven. Pain can be just an emotional suffering. When we talk about the physiologic meaning of pain, we can think of the pain system as the alarm system of the body. It is essential for the survival of the organism and complete loss of pain sensation is not compatible … Read More

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