COVID Sidelining Shunts

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) shunts are a challenging aspect of neurosurgery. Shunts are placed for numerous indications, however the most common cause is hydrocephalus. CSF is a shock absorber for the neural structures, transmits nutrients, and helps regulate pressure. It is produced in the brain’s ventricles by the choroid plexus, and circulates through and out the…

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Shake It Off

Taylor Swift’s first verse lyrics in “Shake It Off” read: “Got nothing in my brain… That’s what people say, mm, mm…”  The chorus soon chimes: “I shake it off, I shake it off (Whoo-hoo-hoo) I’ll be the first to say that I’m not a Taylor Swift fan and I don’t expect her to reappear in…

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Van Gogh’s Temporal Lobe

Many of the most famous painters of all time have come from the Netherlands.  Rembrandt, Vermeer… and of course Vincent Van Gogh. Having started painting at the age of 27, Van Gogh died at 37 years old.  He created about 2,100 works, with most in the last two years of his life. Possibly his most…

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Understanding Your Cervical MRI

We’ve previously published a blog on the lumbar spine years ago. “Understanding your MRI of the Lumbar Spine”. The cervical sequel is late but at least it showed up to the party. Cervical spine arthritic degeneration results from increased mechanical stressors passing through the cervical spinal column, resulting in bone spur formation (uncovertebral spurring) and…

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“Brain Clouds” in 2021

Have you ever seen the movie Joe Versus the Volcano? The 1990 comedy, at the infancy of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan’s dynamic duo-ship, was about the hypochondriac Joe Banks and his dreary lackluster life. He sees a quack doctor, Dr. Ellison, who diagnoses him with a, “Brain Cloud”. What is a “Brain Cloud” you…

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How a Colorado Skull Impacted Injury Law

You may have heard of people being “thick-skinned”?  These people seem impervious to criticism. However you likely have never heard of anyone being “thin-skulled”, unless you live around Cripple Creek, near Colorado Springs.  Here resides the cranium that has forever changed injury legal matters nationwide. On Christmas night in 1901, a goldminer stopped in a…

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