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Cook Childrenen's Neurosurgeon Celebrating 10 Years of Deep Brain Stimulation (10/26/2018) - In September 2017, we celebrated 10 years since the introduction of deep brain stimulation (DBS) as a treatment for patients at Cook Children's. DBS received a humanitarian device approval from the FDA in 2003 for treatment of dystonia in patients as young as 7 years of age and Director of the Movement Disorders program, Warren Marks, M.D., first proposed the idea of doing DBS … Continue reading Celebrating 10 Years of Deep Brain Stimulation
Collaborating to Improve Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery (10/24/2018) - Intractable epilepsy (failure to achieve seizure freedom after trials of two appropriate chosen and dosed antiepileptic drugs) has profound impact on quality of life, psychosocial function, cognitive function, and mortality risk1. For these patients, surgical therapy, consisting of localization and subsequent resection/ablation of the epileptogenic zone can result in favorable seizure reduction and for many, seizure freedom. Among patients with intractable epilepsy, an estimated … Continue reading Collaborating to Improve Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery
Dedicated Neuroscience ICU (10/24/2018) - The three primary diagnostic categories of patients discharged from Cook Children's Pediatric ICU (January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010) were: respiratory (892 patients/24.18% of total discharges), cardiovascular (758/20.55%) and neurologic (617/16.73%). In 2011, Cook Children's set out to develop its own Neuro Critical Care Program with a vision to improve patient care and outcomes through quality improvement, research collaboration and a family-centered multidisciplinary … Continue reading Dedicated Neuroscience ICU
Intractable Insular Epilepsy Getting to Those Hard to Reach Places: Laser Ablation for Intractable Insular Epilepsy (10/26/2018) - The insula is a region of the brain nestled beneath and between the temporal and frontal lobes. Increasingly, the insula has been implicated as a source of intractable seizures with seizure semiology including laryngeal constriction, paresthesias over large sensory territories, dysarthria and focal motor findings, amongst others. Because of its deep location, seizures originating in the insula can be misinterpreted to arise from the … Continue reading Getting to Those Hard to Reach Places: Laser Ablation for Intractable Insular Epilepsy
Magnetic field brain mapping Harnessing the Power of Magnetic Fields to Map the Brain (10/26/2018) - Magnetoencephalography, or MEG scan, works by recording brain magnetic fields generated from the electrical signals of neurons communicating with each other in the brain. Unlike electrical fields recorded via EEG, magnetic fields are not altered by intervening brain tissue, bone or fat. MEG offers superior capability to localize where in the brain activity is being generated. This leads to improved localization of seizure onset … Continue reading Harnessing the Power of Magnetic Fields to Map the Brain
Neuroscientists with molecular symbols Improving Diagnosis of Early-life Epilepsy (10/26/2018) - Over the last decade, genetic testing has become more common as part of the evaluation for pediatric epilepsy. Often, we turn to genetic testing in hopes of better understanding the cause of epilepsies, which have defied diagnosis after a thorough exam, EEG, imaging and laboratory tests. Understanding the genetic basis can impact treatment. As increasing genetic etiologies have been identified, particular targeted treatments may … Continue reading Improving Diagnosis of Early-life Epilepsy
Improving Quality of Life in Medulloblastoma Survivors (10/8/2018) - With increasing survival rates for pediatric cancer patients, efforts to improve long-term quality of life have become a focus in research. Evidence-based research has demonstrated that social functioning contributes to health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and pediatric brain tumor survivors tend to have the poorest HRQOL among pediatric cancer survivors. However, specific contributing factors underlying the social difficulties experienced by brain tumor survivors have … Continue reading Improving Quality of Life in Medulloblastoma Survivors
Improving Seizure-Free Outcomes (10/26/2018) - Improving seizure-free outcomes ... without spending a dime. What would you say if someone told you seizure-free outcomes following epilepsy surgery could be improved by almost 100 percent simply by downloading some free software? That is exactly what the Cook Children's Comprehensive Epilepsy Program team did when they instituted the use of multimodal coregistered imaging protocols in 2009. Their results are published in Epileptic … Continue reading Improving Seizure-Free Outcomes
Brain scan Innovation: Cutting-edge Imaging to Improve Pediatric Stroke Care (10/26/2018) - The incidence of pediatric stroke is steadily increasing, with most recent rates up to 13 per 100,000 children per year - similar to that of childhood brain tumors. Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in children, and 20 percent of children who have had a stroke will have a recurrence. The Cook Children's Comprehensive Stroke and Thrombosis Program, one of 16 … Continue reading Innovation: Cutting-edge Imaging to Improve Pediatric Stroke Care
Neuropsychology patient writing Neuropsychology: An Integral Component for Treating the Whole Patient, Not Just Their Disease (10/26/2018) - While it is commonly understood that neurological disease – be it stroke, brain tumor, cerebral palsy, etc. – can impact the way a person walks and talks, it is equally important to understand how these disorders impact the cognitive or learning capabilities of the patient. The Neuropsychology team at the Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center at Cook Children’s is dedicated to assessing how … Continue reading Neuropsychology: An Integral Component for Treating the Whole Patient, Not Just Their Disease
Doctor hand holding patient New Gene Therapies for Neuromuscular Disease (10/26/2018) - Giving kids strength through precision medicine – new gene therapies for neuromuscular disease. Cook Children's Clinical Care Center designation from the Muscular Dystrophy Association reaffirms our commitment to excellence in clinical care for our patients with neuromuscular disorders, and represents the continuum of a more than 30-year relationship. This designation by MDA comes at a most exciting time in the treatment of children with … Continue reading New Gene Therapies for Neuromuscular Disease
Patient at table writing New Yoga Therapy Program at Cook Children’s Center for Pain Management (1/8/2019) - Yoga is thought to have originated in India nearly 26,000 years ago, but only began to emerge in the United States in the 1960s. Today, yoga is taking the country by storm. You don’t have to look far to find a yoga class available in most community centers, health clubs, parks, senior adult communities, schools and a number of new yoga studios that have … Continue reading New Yoga Therapy Program at Cook Children’s Center for Pain Management
Novel Approach to Pediatric Pain Management (11/5/2018) - Chronic pain is one of the most common conditions encountered by health care professionals. This is particularly true among older (≥65 years) patients, but nearly 30% of children suffer from chronic pain as well. Unfortunately, only in the past 20 years has attention started to focus on this underrecognized pediatric population. Pain may stem from organic disease, such as cancer or from a process … Continue reading Novel Approach to Pediatric Pain Management
doctors looking at digital brain activity Stroke and Thrombosis Program Receives Educational Grant (10/31/2018) - Although stroke is often associated with the elderly, children are also affected and have the greatest risk for stroke during the first year of life. Stroke is one of the top 10 causes of death among children and up to 70% of pediatric stroke survivors have residual neurological impairment (1). Guidelines for the treatment of adult stroke are well established and hinge on both … Continue reading Stroke and Thrombosis Program Receives Educational Grant
Technology: 3T Intraoperative MRI – Better imaging for better care (10/24/2018) - MRI images reveal the structure and functional processes of the body to an extent unparalleled by CT scan and other radiographic techniques without exposing patients to ionizing radiation. Hydrogen atoms in our tissues, when subjected to a high-frequency magnetic field, can be induced to generate radio-frequency signals detectable by antennas placed close to the skull. Varying the radio signal can "tune in" for different … Continue reading Technology: 3T Intraoperative MRI – Better imaging for better care
Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy The Gift of Gait: Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (10/26/2018) - Selective dorsal rhizotomy improves ability to walk for children with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a motor disorder caused by a nonprogressive injury to the developing brain and commonly limits mobility. For children with cerebral palsy, the loss of mobility comes with multiple health and social issues, including social isolation due to the inability to keep up with peers, loss of independence and a … Continue reading The Gift of Gait: Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy