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Newswise: When seizures don't stop: What's the latest in treating status epilepticus?
Released: 26-May-2020 2:50 PM EDT
When seizures don't stop: What's the latest in treating status epilepticus?
International League Against Epilepsy

When seizures last longer than about 5 minutes--a condition called status epilepticus--emergency treatment is required. About two-thirds of people respond to initial treatment with benzodiazepines, but the others need a second drug. Which drug to choose is a matter of some debate.

Released: 21-May-2020 4:15 PM EDT
Tracking COVID-19: New research app will help trace the spread of the virus
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the U.S., a new free research app is hoping to slow the outbreak of the disease by tracking symptoms of millions across the country. To bring the app home to Texans, researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have joined the national research project led by Harvard University.

Released: 7-May-2020 10:50 AM EDT
Texas A&M AgriLife mobilizes “murder hornet” task force to head off possible emergence in Texas
Texas A&M AgriLife

A giant invasive hornet was sighted several times in northwestern Washington state and Canada in late 2019, causing concern across the U.S. At the request of Gov. Greg Abbott, a specialized task force led by Texas A&M AgriLife experts is spearheading an initiative to protect Texas citizens, agriculture and honey bees if the “murder hornet,” or Asian giant hornet, arrives.

Newswise: In epilepsy, seizures are often frightening. What happens afterward can be worse.
Released: 13-Apr-2020 8:55 AM EDT
In epilepsy, seizures are often frightening. What happens afterward can be worse.
International League Against Epilepsy

Seizure control is the primary driver of epilepsy treatment. For many people with epilepsy, however, the seizures themselves are secondary to what comes after: fatigue, memory loss and other issues that dramatically affect their lives.

Newswise: Post-Ictal Psychosis: A Medical Emergency for People with Epilepsy
Released: 12-Apr-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Post-Ictal Psychosis: A Medical Emergency for People with Epilepsy
International League Against Epilepsy

About 70% of people with epilepsy report post-seizure (post-ictal) complications, ranging from fatigue to memory issues to headache. Post-ictal psychosis while rare, is perhaps the most dramatic of these. As many as 7% of people with temporal lobe epilepsy develop PIP, which can cause suicidal behavior or interpersonal violence. The condition requires immediate attention and treatment.

Released: 8-Apr-2020 3:20 PM EDT
Researchers map areas of major Texas cities where residents are most likely to need hospitalization, ICU care for COVID-19
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Areas within Texas’ major metropolitan cities where residents are at the greatest risk for hospitalization and critical care due to COVID-19 have been mapped for the first time by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Released: 18-Mar-2020 12:05 AM EDT
‘Breastfeeding Gap’ Exists Among Mexican-Origin Women Living in Texas
University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Mexican women born and educated in Mexico who now live in Texas breastfeed longer than those born and educated in the United States. That’s the finding from new research from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) at The University of Texas at Austin, which points to a “breastfeeding gap” among some Mexican-origin women living in Texas.

Newswise: Hold the phone: Smartphone video makes it easier to diagnose epilepsy and psychogenic seizures
Released: 4-Mar-2020 1:40 PM EST
Hold the phone: Smartphone video makes it easier to diagnose epilepsy and psychogenic seizures
International League Against Epilepsy

What if there was a tool to help with faster, more accurate diagnosis of both psychogenic seizures and epilepsy? And what if this tool was simpler and less expensive than video EEG, and available almost everywhere?

19-Feb-2020 8:50 AM EST
Thousands of uninsured kidney disease patients strain Texas emergency departments each year
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

More than 10,000 uninsured patients sought care at Texas emergency departments for lifesaving kidney dialysis in 2017, incurring more than $21.8 million in hospital costs, according to researchers from UTHealth.


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