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Dr. Brian M. Medical Doctor

Specialty: Neuropathology
Springfield, Illinois
Asst. Professor at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (Springfield, IL) Departments... Full Bio
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Review by Dr. Mark Cohen of "Neuropathology: A Volume in the High Yield Pathology Series", edited... by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Mark L. Cohen, MD I am honored to present a guest post by the inimitable Dr. Mark Cohen of the illustrious Case Western Reserve University . Dr. Cohen not o ... Read on »
A Primer on Perinatal Telencephalic Leukoencephalopathy by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health In my last post, it was correctly pointed out by two astute readers that the Netter figure demonstrating brain malformations included an entity which is NOT a brain malf ... Read on »
Best Post of August 2012: A case of renal cell carcinoma metastatic to a meningioma by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health The next in our "Best of the Month" series is from August 9, 2012: A 74-year-old woman with a history of a seizure disorder had been followed for several years with a st ... Read on »
Yachnis and Rivera-Zengotita team up to bring us some high-yield neuropathology by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Who doesn't love the feel of a brand new textbook in your hands, and that first subtle crack of the binder as you open the cover releasing the synthetic fragrance of smo ... Read on »
The biggest Alzheimer Disease discovery in 2012 by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Kári Stefánsson Perhaps the biggest discovery in the Alzheimer research world last year was the identification of a mutation in APP that significantly dec ... Read on »
Best Post of July 2012: "Chasing The Dragon": A Cause of Toxic Spongiform Leukoencephalopathy by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health The next in our "Best of the Month" series comes from July 10, 2012 My favorite case from the 2012 AANP Diagnostic Slide Session in Chicago last month featured an aut ... Read on »
Best Post of June 2012: Neuropathologists party hard at AANP Annual Reception by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health The next in our "Best of the Month" series comes from June 22, 2012 and recalls fond memories of an excellent annual meeting of the American Association of Neuropathologists ... Read on »
What is this vagus stuff? by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Henry A. Lester, PhD Actually, it's Vagusstoff (literally translated from German as "Vagus Substance") refers to the substance released by stimulation of ... Read on »
"the NFL is a breeding ground for mental illness" -- Former Denver Bronco Nate Jackson by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Today, a friend forwarded me this opinion piece about the murder-suicide of NFL linebacker Jovan Belcher. I responded that I blogged about such cases before , and I didn ... Read on »
Photos reveal unique features of Einstein's cerebral cortex by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Photographs taken shortly after his death, but never before analysed in detail, have now revealed that Einstein’s brain had several unusual features, providing clues about ... Read on »
CAP seeking input on revised brain/spinal cord tumor protocol by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Prior to the release of the revised Brain/Spinal Cord Protocol, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) will host a public comment period. You can review the r ... Read on »
Review Article: "Thinking and Talking About Life Expectancy in Incurable Cancer" by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health As a follow-up to my previous post, here's a perspective from a June 2011 article in Seminars in Oncology "Most patients with incurable cancer want information about the im ... Read on »
Why genetically profile a glioma? by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health A couple of weeks ago I met with representatives of Castle Biosciences regarding their proprietary gene expression profile assay for glioblastomas, called DecisionDx-GBM ... Read on »
Best Post of May 2012: New Study Looks at Head Impacts in Youth Football by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health The next in our "Best of the Month" series is from May 14, 2012: We neuropathologists, and society as a whole, have spent a lot of time over the last couple of years ret ... Read on »
Robert Scully Has Died by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health A message just received from neuropathologist David Louis, Pathologist-in-Chief at Massachusetts General Hospital: Dr. Robert E. Scully Dear ... Read on »
Netter Pituitary Hormone Illustration by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health If you're delivering a lecture on the pituitary gland, you might find this illustration useful to include in your PowerPoint presentation Read on »
IDH1 Mutations in Oligodendrogliomas: PNA-clamping PCR is best analytic method by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health This is just out from a Korean group headed by Dr. Se-Hoon Kim publishing online in Brain Pathology Although direct sequencing of mutations in isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 ... Read on »
Dramatic meningioma manifestations by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Orbitocranial extension of meningioma Massive cranial extension Nasal extension of meningioma Massive fron ... Read on »
A 32-year-old HIV+ male presenting with mental status changes by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health  Soon after admission, the patient lapsed into a coma and died. Minimal edema (brain weight: 1500 grams) Some hypoxic-ischemic damage as ... Read on »