On 27 May 2022, World Health Organization Member States unanimously approved the Intersectoral Global Action Plan on Epilepsy and other Neurological Disorders (IGAP) at the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.
The American Educational Research Association extends its condolences and grieves with those who suffered loss from the senseless murders of children and teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Can women with epilepsy get pregnant, give birth to healthy babies, and breastfeed? What are the myths and misconceptions, and what do physicians and women need to know? Dr. Anca Arbune interviews Dr. Page Pennell about the latest research and knowledge.
The World Health Organization's 75th World Health Assembly convenes May 22, with implications for epilepsy and other neurological disorders. Join us for a webinar discussing the member states' vote on the Intersectoral Global Action Plan.
Low-resource areas face multiple challenges to diagnosing and treating long-lasting seizures, or status epilepticus. We talked with neurologists in four countries about how status epilepticus is managed in their areas.
La brecha de tratamiento de la epilepsia en El Salvador es de 60% a 70%. Junto con la concientización sobre la epilepsia y las necesidades educativas, los recursos son una barrera importante para la atención óptima de las personas con epilepsia.
Four Maxine L. Silva Health Magnet High School seniors are the first enrolled in a new pipeline education program with the Francis Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso.
Every other day, the students observe and work in the Francis Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences’ research labs in Medical Sciences Building I on the TTUHSC El Paso campus. The program was initiated by Rajkumar Lakshmanaswamy, Ph.D., dean of the graduate school, along with Alheli Romero, a Silva Health Magnet alumna and teacher.
He set out to research the effect of polar day-night patterns on seizure frequency and epilepsy. He found something he never expected: a public health crisis in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, relevant to geographically isolated communities and Indigenous peoples.
The American Breast Cancer Foundation is helping Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso continue to meet the needs of underserved residents with a $7,500 grant for breast cancer screenings at the Foster School of Medicine’s Medical Student Run Clinic. The MSRC provides diagnostic, preventive and educational care to residents in Sparks, Texas, just outside El Paso city limits. Communities like Sparks lack basic infrastructure due to socioeconomic factors, and residents often go without basic public transportation, adequate health care, and in some cases, electricity and running water.
The opening of the Hunt School of Dental Medicine and Texas Tech Dental Oral Health Clinic could not have been done without the help of our community. That teamwork is symbolized by an 8-foot sculpture – crafted by renowned El Paso artist Julio Sanchez De Alba – which now welcomes visitors to the Texas Tech Dental Oral Health Clinic. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso officials revealed the work of art on Feb. 24 with the Texas Tech University System’s Board of Regents and members of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s Board of Directors in attendance. The unveiling took place prior to the regents’ meeting on the TTUHSC El Paso campus.
Baylor Scott & White Glenda Tanner Vasicek Cancer Treatment Center (VCTC) – Temple opened a new radiation oncology facility that will benefit Central Texas cancer patients. Located on the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple campus, the two-story 27,800 square-foot facility is adjacent to the BSW VCTC and will allow patients to receive all cancer treatments in one location. The facility will be able to treat up to 70 patients per day and features advanced radiation treatment equipment.
Jaime Rivera, D.M.D., has never shied away from a challenging task. To him, the end goal has always been his focus. That determination has propelled him from humble beginnings to graduating from UCLA, enlisting in the Army and becoming an accomplished orthodontist. Now, as the owner of Rivera Orthodontics PLLC, Dr. Rivera wants to recognize hard-working dental students and help them reach their goals. To this end, he and his wife Karina Rivera have presented a $25,000 gift to the Hunt School of Dental Medicine.
Los estudios estiman que al menos un 25% de las personas con epilepsia padece algún trastorno de ansiedad, sin embargo, la ansiedad esta subdiagnosticada e insuficientemente tratada. Comúnmente se presta más atención a la depresión, posiblemente debido al riesgo de suicidio.
Deep-brain stimulation (DBS) is the newest of three types of neuromodulation for epilepsy. Targeted electrical pulses inhibit a network in the brain involved in starting and spreading seizures. This interference is linked with a reduction in the number and/or severity of seizures.
As new members of the world-class faculty at the Hunt School of Dental Medicine, Professor Angela C. Chi, D.M.D., and Associate Dean of Research Ana Karina Mascarenhas, B.D.S., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., FDS RCPS (Glasg), are establishing a solid educational foundation for the school’s dental students.
About 250,000 people in Ukraine have epilepsy, which requires daily medication. But supplies of anti-seizure medications are running low in Ukraine, and nearly 2 million people have fled into neighboring countries, with more likely to follow over the coming weeks.
An El Paso family who’s supported the community for generations is now ensuring the Borderland will have more doctors to care for the region’s residents.
Surrounded by their children and grandchildren, Cliff and Martha Eisenberg announced a $100,000 gift to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso on Monday, Feb. 28, for the creation of a new scholarship fund for Foster School of Medicine students.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, along with L. Frederick “Rick” Francis and his wife, Ginger Francis, announced today a historic $10 million gift that will endow the university’s graduate school and advance the future of biomedical sciences.
The Endocrine Society condemns the directive by Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordering the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to investigate any reported instances of Texas children receiving gender-affirming care as “child abuse.” This policy rejects evidence-based transgender medical care and will restrict access to care for teenagers experiencing gender incongruence or dysphoria.
A substantial minority of Americans morally opposed to abortion would nonetheless offer help to a friend or close family member who is seeking one, finds a new analysis of both public opinion data and in-depth interviews.
One year after winter storms crippled Texas’ electricity grid, contributing to more than 200 deaths, a Cornell University-led analysis recommends contracting improvements to reduce decentralized energy markets’ vulnerability to rare events.
A one-year, $10.3 million dollar grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) was awarded to increase COVID-19 vaccinations through the development and mobilization of existing community-based health and outreach workforces in the state by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston).
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is pleased to announce a new partnership with CITGO as they become the most recent organization to join the Alliance’s Gulf Star Program. Funding from CITGO will support work in Galveston Bay, Texas, to improve conservation efforts for diamondback terrapins, a small species of turtle that lives in coastal marshes.
Since his 2016 epilepsy diagnosis, Bright M. Bwalya has shared information about epilepsy through radio and TV interviews, education sessions, and a mobile app. He works to correct misinformation and to remind people that "you are not your epilepsy."
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center studied outcomes for young women at a county hospital and found that while 97% of them accessed prenatal care, those with greater social needs were associated with adverse outcomes both during pregnancy and during the early weeks of their babies’ lives. The differences persisted even after adjusting for age, race, and body mass index.
The Heroes Helpline has expanded its services to all health care workers in Texas. The confidential helpline, 833-EMS-INTX, was launched in early 2020 by researchers with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) to help first responders in Texas seeking treatment for substance use and mental health concerns.
Deciding which medication to prescribe for a new epilepsy diagnosis is an issue without much guidance. The second Standard And New Anti-epileptic Drugs study (SANAD II) compared medications for both focal and generalized epilepsies.
In 2018, Zambia had 17 million people and four neurologists. The country's first post-graduate neurology training program is changing the entire country's perceptions of what epilepsy is and how to treat it - one day at a time.
Ground has been broken for construction of a new building that will catalyze a unique partnership between UT Southwestern Medical Center and UT Dallas, bringing their biomedical engineering programs together to foster innovative solutions for unmet medical needs.
More than four times as many businesses and clinics than were identified in 2016 are selling stem cell products not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and lack convincing evidence of safety and efficacy, according to a five-year study conducted by University of California, Irvine Program in Public Health professor of health, society and behavior Leigh Turner. The analysis appears online in the journal Cell Stem Cell.
A year after launching one of the world’s largest COVID-19 antibody surveys, Texas CARES, public health experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) are estimating that over 75% of Texans have COVID-19 antibodies.
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance has released the Governors’ Action Plan IV for Healthy and Resilient Coasts, signed by the governors of all five Gulf states: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. This is the fourth in a series of collaborative work plans that identifies priority issues, focus areas, and actions to enhance the environmental and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico.
Scott and White Health Plan will be rebranded as Baylor Scott & White Health Plan beginning January 1, 2022 and is expanding its offerings to serve even more Texans. In addition, Baylor Scott & White Health Plan—which will continue to provide quality coverage to Texas seniors through its BSW SeniorCare Advantage™ plans —has been honored by U.S. News & World Report as one of only three “Best” insurance companies for Medicare Advantage in Texas.
From carbon sequestration to greenhouse gas emissions to cover crops, this fall a team of Texas A&M AgriLife faculty and others will begin evaluating the impacts of regenerative agriculture in semi-arid ecoregions in Texas and Oklahoma.
New research focused on Texas nurses has found predictors of a lack of intention to be vaccinated against COVID-19 includes previous COVID-19 infection, unfavorable vaccine attitudes, and concerns about vaccine safety. Researchers from Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) published the results in the October 2021 issue of the Texas Journal of Public Health.
The International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) is an epilepsy advocacy organization with nearly 140 chapters in more than 100 countries. ILAE talked with two of its presidents—Martin Brodie (2017-2021) and Francesca Sofia (2021-2025)—about their paths to the presidency and their hopes and plans for the future.
Is becoming president of ILAE a decades-long goal, or a happy surprise? How do leaders develop a leadership style? We sat down with now-Past President Samuel Wiebe (term 2017-2021) and current President J. Helen Cross (term 2021-2025) to talk about these questions and much more.