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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.

TRIP Panel Keith Heinzerling Daniel Kelly Françoise Bourzat
December 31, 2020

Combining Psychedelic Science and Wisdom at TRIP │A PNI Panel

by Anthony Effinger

If you believe you are experiencing a medical or life-threatening emergency Call 911 immediately. Do not rely on communication through this website for urgent medical needs. The Think Neuro podcast from Pacific Neuroscience Institute takes you into the clinic, operating room and laboratory with doctors and surgeons...

Caregivers left behind
December 28, 2020

Supporting Family Members, Friends and Caregivers After Loss

by Santosh Kesari

This article was published on U.S News and World report, December 11, 2020 For loved ones left behind during the pandemic, suffering may endure for years. AS I WRITE THIS, COVID-19 has taken the lives of nearly 300,000 Americans. Each death leaves behind a circle of...

Medscape Dr. Walavan Sivakumar
December 25, 2020

Professional Spotlight: Dr. Walavan Sivakumar

by Guest Author

As part of Medscape's celebration of its 25th anniversary this year, it is recognizing 25 young physicians who are rising stars in medicine. Pacific Neuroscience Institute’s Walavan Sivakumar, MD, was selected for this exclusive honor.

MS awareness orange ribbion
December 21, 2020

Living with Multiple Sclerosis, Living a Full Life

by Guest Author

In the Multiple Sclerosis Special Fall 2020 issue of Brain & Life, guest editor, Barbara Giesser, MD, FAAN, FANA, writes, “Living with multiple sclerosis requires patience and diligence, but the prognosis for leading a full life is better than ever.”

Last updated: December 29th, 2020