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Parkinson's disease
January 30, 2021

New Diagnostic Test for Parkinson’s Disease available at Pacific Neuroscience Institute

by Melita Petrossian

In most cases, the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) is clear based on clinical signs of rest tremor, bradykinesia (slowness or small size of movements), and rigidity. However, too frequently, aspects of the clinical symptoms and signs can be equivocal, and the diagnosis may be...

January 25, 2021

When will the COVID-19 vaccine be available?

by Zara Jethani

*** February 2, 2021 update from our affiliate Providence*** Updates in recommended groups (age 65 and over)  You may have heard that the state recently prioritized vaccine eligibility to include those over the age of 65. These eligibility guidelines are now consistent across all counties....

Think Neuro Podcast Dr. Verna Porter Cover
January 20, 2021

Alzheimer’s: Too Common, and So Mysterious | Dr. Verna Porter

by Anthony Effinger

The Think Neuro podcast from Pacific Neuroscience Institute takes you into the clinic, operating room and laboratory with doctors and surgeons who are tackling the most challenging brain diseases and disorders. Host: Anthony Effinger Subscribe: Google Podcasts | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Simplecast Watch: YouTube Episode 12: Show Notes One in ten Americans...

Depression
January 18, 2021

What is Ketamine Therapy?

by Keith Heinzerling

Ketamine is approved for use at high doses as an anesthetic in the operating room. Although not FDA-approved, lower dose “sub-anesthetic” ketamine injections are used “off-label” to treat depression, pain, and other mental health/substance use disorders.  In recent times, there have been many factors contributing...

Facial Paralysis and facial nerve disorders
January 14, 2021

Shining a Light on Facial Paralysis

by Guest Author

A new program at Pacific Neuroscience Institute helps an underserved population. Facial paralysis can have a painful, debilitating effect—both physically and psychologically. Patients often have problems with eating, drinking, speaking and vision. Many patients feel disfigured, and the inability to smile or control their facial...

Immunotherapy
January 10, 2021

The Power of Immunotherapy

by Santosh Kesari

Our immune systems hold the power—the power, that is, to treat cancer. Composed of various types of cells, tissues, and organs, the immune system serves as more than the body’s main defense against foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses. It also recognizes cancer cells...

Jean-Philippe Langevin MD and Melita Petrossian MD
January 7, 2021

Innovative Deep Brain Stimulation device reads brain signals, allowing for individualized treatment for Parkinson’s patients

by Zara Jethani

Pacific Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center among first treatment sites SANTA MONICA (January 7, 2021) – Pacific Neuroscience Institute is the first provider in the Providence health system to treat a patient with an innovative surgically implanted Deep Brain Stimulation device. Used...

Parkinson's disease
January 4, 2021

Everything Parkinson’s Webinar Series: Motor Symptoms Medications Update

by Giselle Tamula

JANUARY 2021 Current and future medications The Pacific Movement Disorders Center hosted the second Everything Parkinson’s webinar series installment.   The lecture in January 2021 “Update on medications for motor symptoms of PD” was given by Movement Disorders medical director, Dr. Melita Petrossian.   Dr. Petrossian...

PNI 2021
January 1, 2021

PNI Founders’ Message 2021

by Guest Author

Although our medical community continues to strain under the burden of COVID-19, there has been hope, determination and progress. Neurological diseases do not stop and neither have we at Pacific Neuroscience Institute.

Last updated: April 19th, 2021