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Witnessing Trauma

It is OK to feel… Remember where you were when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded? Or when President Kennedy was assassinated? Or when the second plane hit the Twin Towers, making it clear that what you were seeing was no accident? Bearing witness to trauma leaves a psychological mark, and the players, coaches and teammates … Continued

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What’s the Difference Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia?

If you notice a loved one becoming forgetful, you may worry that they have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. But these conditions are not the same, says Dr. Aaron Ritter, a dementia expert who directs the Memory & Cognitive Disorders Program at Hoag Hospital. “Alzheimer’s Disease is a disease that causes a group of symptoms that usually … Continued

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Spine Surgeons Predict ‘Tremendous Growth’ in Endoscopy Over the Next 10 Years

Despite pushback from payers and some reimbursement and training obstacles, many spine surgeons expect endoscopic spine surgery to become more prominent in the U.S. over the next decade.  Eleven spine surgeons from independent practices and health systems across the country discuss what’s next for endoscopic spine surgery. Question: How will endoscopic spine surgery evolve in … Continued

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‘One in a Million’: What Celine Dion’s Stiff Person Syndrome Diagnosis Teaches Us About Rare Disorders

Photo Courtesy: Rolling Stone To her fans, the heartbreaking news that Celine Dion is battling a condition that only affects about ‘one in a million’ people is, perhaps, no surprise. The iconic singer is in a lauded category of her own. It would take a rare condition to affect such a rare vocal treasure. A … Continued

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First SyncAR for Spine Surgery in the world performed at Hoag

Hoag’s innovative spine team has performed the first spinal fusion surgery utilizing the recently FDA-cleared augmented reality (SyncAR) surgical navigator for Spine, co-developed by neurosurgeons from Hoag’s Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute and medical visualization platform leader Surgical Theater. SyncAR for Spine utilizes 3D virtual reconstructions of CT and MRI images to enable detailed visualization of … Continued

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AI, Machine Learning Will Lead to More ‘Predictable, Efficient and Safer’ Surgeries: 10 Spine Leaders Weigh In

From improving patient outcomes, reducing complications and decreasing healthcare spending, the potential of artificial intelligence and machine learning in spine surgery is vast. Ten spine surgeons discuss how the technology will affect the future of the specialty: Question: What will artificial intelligence and machine learning look like in spine surgery in 10 years? James Dowdell, … Continued

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4 Surprising Secrets to Healthy Aging that All Superheroes Know

It’s no secret that healthy lifestyle choices greatly lower your risk of dementia. But, says Aaron Ritter, M.D. the Larkin Family Endowed Chair in Integrative Brain Health and the director of the Memory & Cognitive Disorders Program at Hoag’s Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute, most people don’t think about the connection between diet, exercise and dementia … Continued

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Avoid Back Injury in 4 Easy Steps

Often back pain begins with something innocuous. Twisting to reach something too high, bending to lift a heavy shopping bag. It seems to come out of the blue, but in reality, it can be the culmination of a lifetime of bad habits. The good news is that back pain prevention often requires only a few … Continued

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10 Surgeons on the Most Controversial Trends in Spine

From medically unnecessary spine surgeries to non-surgeons performing endoscopic spine procedures to the duration and rigor of residency and fellowship programs, 10 spine leaders share what they believe are the most controversial trends in their specialty today. Question: What’s the most controversial trend in spine surgery today? Andrew Sama MD. Hospital for Special Surgery (New … Continued

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Why Dr. Adam Kanter Joined Hoag After 15 Years at a 40-Hospital Academic System

After 15 years at Pittsburgh-based UPMC, Adam Kanter, M.D., left the 40-hospital academic health system, where he was chief of spine surgery and a tenured professor, to become associate executive medical director of the Hoag Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute in Orange, Calif.  Dr. Kanter is a central figure in several spine societies, including the chair … Continued

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