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Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Robert Louis of Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute

Robert Louis, MD, is a neurosurgeon and program director of the skull base and pituitary tumor program at Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif. Dr. Louis' expertise includes endoscopic and minimally invasive treatment of benign and malignant brain tumors, sellar and parasellar tumors, as well as skull base tumors. He … Continued

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Social Media: A Social Disease Killing Our Kids?

Much has been written and said about the role of Facebook and social media in our society. Only recently has the increasingly dark side of what was once thought to be a monumental transformation of humanity come into public discourse. Initially, the potential threats to privacy and the normal political process of our democracy grabbed … Continued

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Dr. Safahieh: Is “Gaming Disorder,” A Real Addiction and How Can I Tell if it's Affecting my Child?

Studies have shown that video games and other addictions, such as alcohol and nicotine, affect neural pathways in similar ways: They all lead to an increase in dopamine levels in specific pleasure centers of the brain. While drugs increase dopamine levels far more than video games, gaming can have a similar deleterious effect of “taking … Continued

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New Research Shows Vaping Could Cause Serious Injury To Teens

In the past month, about two dozen cases of suspected severe lung injury linked to vaping have been reported in three states. Michael Brant-Zawadski, M.D., F.A.C.R, senior physician executive, and the Ron and Sandy Simon Executive Medical Director Endowed Chair, Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute, and Steven Ey, M.D., chief of service, Hoag Addiction Treatment Centers, … Continued

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Hoag's Race For Alzheimer's Cure

Hoag Hospital Newport Beach is making progress in research for a cure and ways to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from the school “have made it possible to learn how key human brain cells respond to Alzheimer’s, vaulting a major obstacle in the quest to understand and one day vanquish it,” the article … Continued

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Award Praises Hoag For Stroke Treatment

Hoag Hospital Irvine has won the American Heart Association/Stroke Association’s Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. Hoag Hospital Irvine earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other … Continued

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New Studies Find it's Possible to Slow, Even Reverse Dementia

Spoiler alert: This column may save your life. If nothing else, it could dramatically improve your quality of life as you march into old age. Unless you are under the age of 45, the time to act is now and I am not kidding. My mom was so worried about losing her marbles she chose … Continued

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Hoag Dedicates Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute

The Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute at Hoag Memorial Presbyterian was dedicated May 28. The ceremony honored principal donors Richard “Dick” Pickup and his wife, Donna, in addition to their extended family. The institute is already garnering national attention as a West Coast research and treatment center focusing on the serious medical study of different forms … Continued

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Surgeons use Virtual Reality to Fly Through Patients' Brains at Hoag Hospital

Whether navigating a star ship through a meteor storm or lurking through the murky underbelly of a city at midnight, gamers have long used virtual reality technology to make their experiences seem… well, virtually real. Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach recently hosted a tour of its operating rooms that are using the same technology to … Continued

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Keeping Kids Healthy And Sane In A Digital World

Smartphones, tablets and video consoles can be addictive. They interfere with sleep. They draw kids into an alternate universe, often distracting them from more productive — and healthier — real-world activities. And they are linked to anxiety and depression, learning disabilities and obesity. That’s according to a growing body of research emphasizing the physical and … Continued

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