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Infantile Spasms – Primary Steps for Primary Care (12/4/2019) - A type of severe seizure, infantile spasms require urgent evaluation and treatment. Unfortunately, the diagnosis of infantile spasms is too often delayed because they may be subtle, go unrecognized, or be misdiagnosed as some other less serious condition (i.e., reflux). When associated with an electroencephalography (EEG) pattern of hypsarrhythmia (Figure 1), this is known as West syndrome, a severe form of early onset/infantile epilepsy. … Continue reading Infantile Spasms – Primary Steps for Primary Care
Convenience is King: Improving the Neuroscience Patient Experience (4/19/2019) - Today, convenience is king. For caregivers and patients, streamlining healthcare has multiple benefits. Focused on our goal to provide an exceptional patient experience, we sought to make our family-centered care more convenient in Neurosciences. Here are just three of our convenience programs put into action over the last year. #1 Direct communication Caregivers requested that staff make communication with caregivers easier. Over the last … Continue reading Convenience is King: Improving the Neuroscience Patient Experience
Ensuring Quality Care for Adults With Rare Genetic Epilepsies (3/26/2019) - As recently as 10 years ago, many patients with difficult to control epilepsy syndromes – such as Lennox Gastaut Syndrome – had no explanation for the cause of their epilepsy. Worse than not knowing the cause, disorders such as Lennox Gastaut and other rare epilepsies had almost no treatments specifically studied for them and research was limited. Over the last decade, improvements in genetic … Continue reading Ensuring Quality Care for Adults With Rare Genetic Epilepsies
Comprehensive Surgical Evaluations for Epilepsy (3/26/2019) - Pediatric epilepsy specialists at Cook Children’s aim to efficiently complete complex surgical evaluations for patients and their families, allowing optimal treatment to begin quickly. Epilepsy syndromes in children differ greatly from those that manifest in adulthood. While adult-onset epilepsy often results from symptomatic causes (i.e., head injury or stroke), pediatric epilepsy can present as isolated seizures that may not recur, as part of a … Continue reading Comprehensive Surgical Evaluations for Epilepsy
Applied Behavior Analysis for Autism Spectrum Disorder (1/10/2019) - Many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will be referred to receive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services. ABA can provide intensive one-on-one teaching to promote desired behaviors (talking, following directions, self-help skills) and reduce problem behaviors (aggression, property destruction, tantrums). In Texas, most commercial medical insurance plans (including some offered through the healthcare.gov marketplace) will cover these services for children with autism. Though Medicaid … Continue reading Applied Behavior Analysis for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Transitioning to Adult Neurology Care (1/9/2019) - While “Primary Steps” articles are often written for primary care providers, some subjects are equally valuable to patients, their families and their speciality providers. Moving from a pediatric care provider to an adult care provider is likely to be very challenging for many patients – particularly those with special needs. Youth with neurologic conditions and their families often feel discouraged to work on long-term … Continue reading Transitioning to Adult Neurology Care
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