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Hoag Performs First Robotic Carotid Artery Stenting on West Coast

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian recently became the first hospital on the West Coast to perform an innovative robotic interventional procedure to stent a blockage in the carotid artery and improving blood flow to the brain. Christopher Baker, M.D., director of interventional neuroradiology at the Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute at Hoag, implanted the stent using a … Continued

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Virtual Reality Emerging As Effective Pain Management Tool

As doctors work to decrease opioid prescriptions for pain, they may start following the lead of a California hospital that is effectively using virtual reality to help its patients feel better. Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach is one of the first hospitals in the country to use virtual reality (VR) technology treatment outside of clinical … Continued

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How Artificial Intelligence Will Affect Brain Surgery

Brain surgery is getting smarter. The journal Nature Medicine recently published a study that found a new imaging technique that allows pathologists to diagnose brain tumors faster and more accurately than ever before. The study focused on Invenio Imaging technology’s use of artificial intelligence (AI) in making accurate diagnoses. So, will computers replace doctors? That’s … Continued

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Robotic Surgery Milestones for Hoag

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian completed its 15,000th robotic surgery and received a special designation, officials announced on Jan. 29. The local facility is one of the only hospitals in the nation to complete this volume of robotic surgery, according to officials. Hoag also recently received a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery designation from Surgical … Continued

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Early Birds May Get the Worm but are Night Owls Actually the Ones Who are Wealthy and Wise?

I am a night owl. Anyone who knows me is well aware of this fact. My husband, an early bird-type whose brain doesn’t function well past 9 p.m., but is annoyingly chipper around the time the sun rises, has learned the hard way not to try to engage me in any meaningful conversation before 9 … Continued

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Hoag Named Exceptional Neurosurgery and Spine Program

Becker’s Healthcare, a media platform for the industry, has named the following Greater Irvine Chamber Leaders Circle sponsors to the 2019 edition of its list of 100 hospitals and health systems with exceptional neurosurgery and spine programs. Hoag Health Network: Hoag Health Network offers numerous spine programs, including care at Hoag Orthopedic Institute. In 2018, … Continued

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100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs

Becker’s Healthcare named the following organizations to the 2019 edition of its list “100 hospitals and health systems with great neurosurgery and spine programs.” The organizations featured on this year’s list have extensive neurosurgery and spine programs, providing treatment and cutting edge research into brain and spine disorders. Many hospitals and health systems featured have … Continued

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Opioid Death Rate in Orange County Eclipses Other Southern California Counties

Years after opioid-blocking drugs were hailed as the gold standard for combating opioid addiction, less than half of Orange County’s addiction treatment centers currently offer it, according to a new study by the county that details the results of — and some possible solutions to — the opioid epidemic. Though the total number of all … Continued

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Ultrasound Procedure Reduces Tremors in Parkinson's Disease, Essential Tremor Disorder

Researchers are unveiling a new way to treat tremors in people with Parkinson’s disease, a therapy involving ultrasound treatment instead of traditional methods of surgery. The treatment will be officially presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago. The method involves focused beams of sound energy used to heat … Continued

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Students Learn About Medical Use of Virtual and Augmented Reality

Students at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School learned about the medical uses of virtual and augmented reality when Dr. Robert Louis made a recent appearance during a psychology class at the school. Louis, the Empower360 endowed chair in skull base and minimally invasive neurosurgery, also is the program advisor for the Skull Base and Pituitary Tumor … Continued

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