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Newswise: World Health Organization Unanimously Approves Plan to Improve Epilepsy Care, Reduce Stigma
Released: 27-May-2022 10:05 AM EDT
World Health Organization Unanimously Approves Plan to Improve Epilepsy Care, Reduce Stigma
International League Against Epilepsy

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.

Released: 26-May-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Statement by AERA President Rich Milner and Executive Director Felice J. Levine on the School Massacre in Texas
American Educational Research Association (AERA)

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.

Newswise: Epilepsy and Pregnancy: A Conversation with Dr. Page Pennell
Released: 16-May-2022 12:05 PM EDT
Epilepsy and Pregnancy: A Conversation with Dr. Page Pennell
International League Against Epilepsy

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.

Newswise: Intersectoral Global Action Plan on Epilepsy and Other Neurological Disorders: What’s next?
Released: 16-May-2022 11:05 AM EDT
Intersectoral Global Action Plan on Epilepsy and Other Neurological Disorders: What’s next?
International League Against Epilepsy

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.

Newswise: Addressing Status Epilepticus Management in Low-Resource Regions: “Where Do We Fit in?”
Released: 11-May-2022 4:25 PM EDT
Addressing Status Epilepticus Management in Low-Resource Regions: “Where Do We Fit in?”
International League Against Epilepsy

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.

Newswise: El capítulo de la ILAE de El Salvador está construyendo una infraestructura para el cuidado de la epilepsia desde cero. ¿Cómo se ve eso?
Released: 2-May-2022 10:05 AM EDT
El capítulo de la ILAE de El Salvador está construyendo una infraestructura para el cuidado de la epilepsia desde cero. ¿Cómo se ve eso?
International League Against Epilepsy

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.

Newswise: Francis Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Launches Pipeline Program at Maxine L. Silva Health Magnet High School
Released: 28-Apr-2022 11:00 AM EDT
Francis Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Launches Pipeline Program at Maxine L. Silva Health Magnet High School
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

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.

Newswise: Crisis response in Ukraine: National and international efforts to secure medication and care for people with epilepsy
Released: 25-Apr-2022 2:20 PM EDT
Crisis response in Ukraine: National and international efforts to secure medication and care for people with epilepsy
International League Against Epilepsy

Since the war began in late February, Ukraine neurologists have been committed to helping citizens with epilepsy, many of whom have lost access to medications and regular care.

Newswise: Seizures in the Canadian Arctic: A public health crisis, hidden in plain sight
Released: 25-Apr-2022 1:50 PM EDT
Seizures in the Canadian Arctic: A public health crisis, hidden in plain sight
International League Against Epilepsy

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.

Newswise: American Breast Cancer Foundation Grant Supports Foster School of Medicine’s Medical Student Run Clinic
Released: 13-Apr-2022 7:00 PM EDT
American Breast Cancer Foundation Grant Supports Foster School of Medicine’s Medical Student Run Clinic
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

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.

Newswise: Sculpture by Renowned El Paso Artist Revealed at the Texas Tech Dental Oral Health Clinic
Released: 7-Apr-2022 2:00 PM EDT
Sculpture by Renowned El Paso Artist Revealed at the Texas Tech Dental Oral Health Clinic
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

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.

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Released: 7-Apr-2022 10:00 AM EDT
Baylor Scott & White Glenda Tanner Vasicek Cancer Treatment Center –Temple Opens New Radiation Oncology Facility
Baylor Scott and White Health

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.

Newswise: El Paso Orthodontist, Army Veteran Gives $25,000 for Hunt School of Dental Medicine Scholarships
Released: 6-Apr-2022 5:00 PM EDT
El Paso Orthodontist, Army Veteran Gives $25,000 for Hunt School of Dental Medicine Scholarships
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

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.

Newswise: TTUHSC El Paso Team Selected for Leadership Women Texas
Released: 4-Apr-2022 4:30 PM EDT
TTUHSC El Paso Team Selected for Leadership Women Texas
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

Leadership Women Texas, a program that helps develop female leaders in the state, has accepted two team members from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso into its 2022 class.

Newswise: Abordar la ansiedad en personas con epilepsia: el poder del neurólogo
Released: 28-Mar-2022 2:20 PM EDT
Abordar la ansiedad en personas con epilepsia: el poder del neurólogo
International League Against Epilepsy

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.

Newswise: Podcast: Discovering new drugs for epilepsy: Dr. Karen Wilcox
Released: 24-Mar-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Podcast: Discovering new drugs for epilepsy: Dr. Karen Wilcox
International League Against Epilepsy

Anti-seizure medications are not a cure, and about 30% of people with epilepsy don't respond to them. How are new medications discovered, and what's on the horizon?

Newswise: Deep brain stimulation for epilepsy: Dr. Robert Fisher
Released: 17-Mar-2022 10:30 AM EDT
Deep brain stimulation for epilepsy: Dr. Robert Fisher
International League Against Epilepsy

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.

Newswise: Hunt School of Dental Medicine Faculty Members Focus on Oral Pathology and Public Health
Released: 9-Mar-2022 7:00 PM EST
Hunt School of Dental Medicine Faculty Members Focus on Oral Pathology and Public Health
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

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.

Newswise: Porras Family Announces $250,000 Gift for Medical and Dental Student Scholarships on National Dentist’s Day
Released: 9-Mar-2022 4:15 PM EST
Porras Family Announces $250,000 Gift for Medical and Dental Student Scholarships on National Dentist’s Day
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

A local couple whose family has been a fixture in the electrical, mechanical and construction management business since 1977 is ensuring medical and dental students get started on a solid foundation.

Released: 9-Mar-2022 3:05 PM EST
Conflict in Ukraine has serious repercussions for people with epilepsy and the health professionals who support them
International League Against Epilepsy

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.

Newswise: El Paso Family’s Generosity to Help Generations of Foster School of Medicine Students
Released: 3-Mar-2022 6:30 PM EST
El Paso Family’s Generosity to Help Generations of Foster School of Medicine Students
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

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.

Newswise: Historic $10 Million Gift to Transform the Future of Biomedical Sciences Completes Endowment of All Four TTUHSC El Paso Schools
Released: 28-Feb-2022 12:05 PM EST
Historic $10 Million Gift to Transform the Future of Biomedical Sciences Completes Endowment of All Four TTUHSC El Paso Schools
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

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.

Released: 23-Feb-2022 2:00 PM EST
Endocrine Society alarmed at criminalization of transgender medicine
Endocrine Society

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.

Released: 21-Feb-2022 4:10 PM EST
Large numbers of Americans morally opposed to abortion would still help friend or family member seeking one
New York University

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.

Newswise: Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso to Use Permian Basin Area Foundation Grant to Provide Neurology Services to Rural West Texas
Released: 11-Feb-2022 6:00 PM EST
Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso to Use Permian Basin Area Foundation Grant to Provide Neurology Services to Rural West Texas
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

The Department of Neurology at Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso is expanding telemedicine services and community education in rural West Texas.

Released: 8-Feb-2022 12:40 PM EST
Researchers propose new fix for Texas power vulnerabilities
Cornell University

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.

Released: 4-Feb-2022 9:35 AM EST
HRSA grants $10.3 million to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates for three minority, low-income populations in Texas
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

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).

Released: 25-Jan-2022 8:05 AM EST
CITGO Joins the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Gulf Star Program
Gulf of Mexico Alliance

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.

Newswise: Native Fish Population Could Rise After Major Expansion of Texan Port
Released: 20-Jan-2022 9:00 AM EST
Native Fish Population Could Rise After Major Expansion of Texan Port
Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences

Researchers have predicted that expanding the Aransas Pass in Texas could increase the native red drum fish population in the bay.

Newswise: Podcast: Young advocate bolsters epilepsy awareness in Zambia
Released: 14-Jan-2022 12:05 PM EST
Podcast: Young advocate bolsters epilepsy awareness in Zambia
International League Against Epilepsy

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."

Newswise: Dallas study finds expectant women in areas with worse health disparities have greater risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes
Released: 16-Dec-2021 4:20 PM EST
Dallas study finds expectant women in areas with worse health disparities have greater risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes
UT Southwestern Medical Center

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.

Released: 13-Dec-2021 1:35 PM EST
Researchers expand confidential helpline services statewide to health care workers to find help for mental health concerns
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

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.

Newswise: Selecting an anti-seizure medication for epilepsy is sometimes more art than science. Research is working to change that.
Released: 7-Dec-2021 3:45 PM EST
Selecting an anti-seizure medication for epilepsy is sometimes more art than science. Research is working to change that.
International League Against Epilepsy

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.

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Released: 30-Nov-2021 12:55 PM EST
Epilepsy care in Zambia: "Now that we have neurologists, we will have a voice"
International League Against Epilepsy

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.

Newswise: UT Dallas-UT Southwestern break ground on bioengineering facility with support from Texas Instruments
Released: 16-Nov-2021 10:35 AM EST
UT Dallas-UT Southwestern break ground on bioengineering facility with support from Texas Instruments
UT Southwestern Medical Center

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.

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Released: 4-Nov-2021 12:15 PM EDT
Businesses selling non-FDA-approved stem cell products grew four-fold in five years, UCI study says
University of California, Irvine

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.

Released: 27-Oct-2021 10:40 AM EDT
More than 75% of Texans have COVID-19 antibodies, one of the world’s largest assessments finds
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

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.

Released: 26-Oct-2021 9:05 AM EDT
Gulf of Mexico Alliance Releases Governors’ Action Plan IV for Healthy and Resilient Coasts
Gulf of Mexico Alliance

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.

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Released: 18-Oct-2021 1:45 PM EDT
Baylor Scott & White Health Plan Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Insurance Company for Medicare Advantage 2022
Baylor Scott and White Health

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.

Released: 7-Oct-2021 4:25 PM EDT
Regenerative agriculture evaluation gets underway in Texas and Oklahoma
Texas A&M AgriLife

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.

Newswise: Vaccine uptake among Texas nurses; why 12% of nurses have no intention to vaccinate
Released: 4-Oct-2021 4:00 PM EDT
Vaccine uptake among Texas nurses; why 12% of nurses have no intention to vaccinate
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

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.

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Released: 30-Sep-2021 9:40 AM EDT
The Future of Epilepsy Advocacy: A Conversation with Two IBE Presidents
International League Against Epilepsy

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.

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Released: 30-Sep-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Two ILAE Presidents Talk Goals, Career Paths, and the Pandemic
International League Against Epilepsy

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.


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