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RAYNHAM, MA –November 28, 2012 -- Codman & Shurtleff, Inc. (Codman), a global neurological company, is teaming up with the Brain Aneurysm Foundation to host a public education symposium that will address advances in brain aneurysm treatment as well as patient and family perspectives on recovery. The free symposium will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 29th at the DePuy Institute, LLC, the company’s research and education facility located in Raynham., MA. Discussion will be led by Christopher Ogilvy, MD, director of Neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Nicole L. Mazwi, MD, a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Massachusetts General Hospital & Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. A brain aneurysm survivor and caregiver will also share their experiences in an effort to help others facing treatment decisions and recovery. To register, contact the Brain Aneurysm Foundation at .

"The symposium is an opportunity to educate the public about current treatment options for both unruptured and ruptured brain aneurysms, and the recovery phase after treatment. It’s important to share information that may help others who may face important decisions or are in the midst of navigating the recovery phase of aneurysm care after rupture," said Dr. Ogilvy, who is executive director of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation's Medical Advisory Board.
A brain aneurysm is a bulging, weak area in the wall of an artery that supplies blood to the brain. In most cases, an unruptured brain aneurysm, which can occur at any age, causes no symptoms and goes unnoticed. According to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, about 1 in 50 or 6 million Americans have an unruptured brain aneurysm and of that about 30,000 of them will rupture, which can lead to brain damage, stroke or death.*

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation is the nation’s only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to providing critical awareness, education, support and research funding to reduce the incidence of brain aneurysm ruptures. “Codman is pleased to support the Brain Aneurysm Foundation’s efforts to increase awareness and understanding of brain aneurysms and stroke,” said P. Laxmin Laxminarain, Worldwide President of Codman. “We are also working hard to develop new interventional treatments and to provide professional education to help advance the care of patients afflicted with these conditions throughout the world.”

Brain Aneurysm Risk Factors

Health professionals believe a number of risk factors contribute to the formation of brain aneurysms, including smoking, hypertension, drug use, infection, tumors, traumatic head injury and a family history of aneurysms. Avoiding or managing these risk factors may decrease the potential of having a brain aneurysm.

About Codman & Shurtleff, Inc.

Codman is a global neurosurgery, neurovascular and neuromodulation company that offers a broad portfolio of devices for drug delivery, hydrocephalus management, neuro intensive care and cranial surgery as well as aneurysm coils, vascular reconstruction devices and other technologies used in the endovascular treatment of cerebral aneurysms and stroke. Codman is part of DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson.

* Source: Brain Aneurysm Foundation Website

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