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If you had a parent with Alzheimer’s disease, would you get tested for genetic risk factors for that condition?

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In the Loupe

This issue of AANS Neurosurgeon explores the theme, “Neurosurgical Screening and Surveillance.” This edition’s In the Loupe features three cases of patients with symptomatic Chiari malformations, all of whom had persistent symptoms after initial decompression. Surgical exploration reveals the cause of failure in each case.


Departments

Is Ignorance Bliss?

In this issue’s Editorial License, editor Michael Schulder, MD, FAANS, addresses the implications of screening taken to the extreme.
Gattaca” is a 1997 film, starring a nearly affectless Ethan Hawke, that poses the question of how much genetic screening is good for us. Set in “the near future” (I guess not quite 2015, as it turns out), it portrays a society where children whose genetic profile is somehow unfavorable are shunted off into lives with no promise, even though such discrimination is officially illegal. There is no happy ending to the movie, although the hero does manage to overcome his label as a “de-gene-arate” by a combination of determination, smarts and law-breaking.
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Inside Neurosurgeon

Objectives for the Coming Year

The new AANS president, H. Hunt Batjer, MD, FAANS, outlines plans for his 2015-2016 term.
I am honored and humbled at the enormous opportunity of serving you, our patients and our specialty as president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Over the past year, I have been extremely impressed with the vision and commitment of our AANS Executive Committee, Board of Directors, liaisons from societies across the world, and remarkable AANS executive staff. Tom Marshall and his leadership team are extraordinary in their knowledge base, sense of history and willingness to respond to urgent challenges from a variety of sources.
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Peer-Reviewed Research

Open Call for Papers

AANS Neurosurgeon is seeking submissions of rigorously researched, hypothesis-driven articles concerning socioeconomic topics related to neurosurgery. These papers undergo thorough double-blind peer review, and they must comport with the pertinent instructions for authors. To learn more about how to submit an article for consideration, follow this link.