Dr. Arno Fried recently presented an overview on childhood brain tumors at a Saint Peter’s University Hospital neuro-oncology symposium on January 30, 2018 in Princeton, New Jersey. The symposium was attended by 40 prominent pediatricians, internists, oncologists and neurologists practicing in central New Jersey. His discussion focused on the evolution...

Dr. Vivek Ramakrishnan attended a meet-and-greet dinner at Steakhouse 85 in New Brunswick on January 27, 2018. Among those in attendance were chiropractic, pain management and neurologic specialists. Dr. Ramakrishnan specializes in complex spine surgery and joined Advanced Neurosurgery Associates in August. He has already been very active in the...

This month marks the emphasize on individuals and organizations joining to support the mission to eliminate the challenges of hydrocephalus by raising awareness through education and advocacy. This is particularly important since progress in new treatment methods or means of prevention have not kept pace due to lack of attention...

Theresa Gabay, a highly-experienced Advanced Practice Nurse at ANA for the past 14 years, will be a presenter at the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN)’s Annual Educational Meeting which takes place in San Diego, California on March 17-20, 2018. Gabay will present her paper, Pediatric Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM): Lightening CAN...

On the day the news broke, it led all media reports, including the front page of The New York Times. John McCain, who has served in the Senate for 30 years representing Arizona and a two-time presidential candidate, had received a diagnosis of glioblastoma, a lethal form of brain cancer. The...

A Look Back on Successful Patient Alexander Inclan Alexander Suarez-Inclan still doesn’t realize he had surgery over four years ago. Although his eyes and face were characteristically swollen following his procedure, a few days later, the toddler was back to his normal self and never looked back. While he doesn’t remember...

“It was definitely a roller-coaster ride for any parent,” admits Joseph Suarez-Inclan, father of 5 1/2 -year-old Alexander. “But four years later, he’s a happy child.” Joseph shares the story of Alexander’s craniosynostosis and his young son’s surgery with Dr. Arno Fried. Watch the first video of Alexander, when he was...

May marks Brain Tumor Awareness Month (BTAM), an annual recognition of what we deal with year-round at Advanced Neurosurgery Associates (ANA). Since this subject is so near and dear to our hearts, we eagerly welcome the opportunity to help the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) promote community awareness of both...

Here’s food for thought: The average adult human brain has about 100 billion cells. Scientists used to think that past childhood, the brain stopped developing. Once all of its connections formed, they were set for life, and then, all these cells would simply begin their inexorable decline....

Why do we eat what we do? Imagine you’re craving something comforting yet undoubtedly naughty. Why do you go for the chocolate, not the broccoli? Why the ice cream instead of the salad? It turns out that this particular preference for sugar is an old one, biologically ingrained for our survival. ...

It was once believed that the brain had a finite capacity for change or healing and that a damaged brain was beyond reasonable hope. The theory was that the brain could compensate by making new connections among its surviving neurons, but its capacity for repairing itself was limited. Yet as far...

Want to be a superager? If that’s a question, it’s clearly a rhetorical one. A superager has a super, youthful brain. Who wouldn’t want a youthful brain?!...

Epilepsy used to be stigmatized to a shocking degree. Not so, anymore. The moral and medical support regarding epilepsy is strong. Today, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who deal with epilepsy are specially trained and up-to-date in their field. But there’s another frontier to conquer, and it’s one that people...

As part of the public discussion —which includes scientific research findings— I have watched the issue of concussions publicized and debated. An outcry has led to better awareness and some protective measures, but the culture still needs to catch up....

When she started kindergarten, Katherine experienced small delays, but then seemed to catch up. However, when she got upset or frustrated, her mother noticed there was some dragging of her right leg. That turned out to be a warning sign. Ultimately, in the first grade, Katherine had a stroke. Taken...

Have you ever wondered what Lil Wayne, Elton John, Danny Glover and Alexander the Great all have in common? If you were thinking they all have great musical abilities, or that they could potentially rule the world, that’s not a bad guess. But they actually all have epilepsy, a condition...