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Testing new treatment for epilepsy patients Sept. 9, 2019
With $2.3 million from the National Institutes of Health, a University of Houston biomedical engineer hopes to speed up the treatment of epilepsy by quickly detecting the seizure onset zone, eliminating prolonged monitoring and reducing the associated risks.
Haneef, Kung, Maheshwari, Strutt, and York receive the Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Excellence Award for 2019. May 17, 2019
The Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Excellence Award (formerly the Fulbright & Jaworski LLP Faculty Excellence Award) is a criterion-based program that recognizes faculty contributions in four categories: Teaching and Evaluation, Development of Enduring Educational Materials, Educational Leadership and Educational Research.


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Exploring advances in epilepsy treatment June 8, 2018
Drs. Jay Gavvala and Sameer Sheth share information about treatment options and advice for families of those with epilepsy.
What you need to know about epilepsy Jan. 23, 2018
Dr. Jay Gavvala, assistant professor of neurology and neurophysiology at Baylor College of Medicine, discusses epilepsy causes, treatment options, and seizure first aid tips.
CTE not that common in young people with epilepsy Jan. 9, 2018
But results from small pilot study need confirmation.


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Correction: Medical Marijuana-Texas story Dec. 27, 2017
When California rings in the new year with the sale of recreational pot for the first time, Texas will be tiptoeing into its own marijuana milestone: a medical cannabis program so restrictive that doubts swirl over who will even use it.
Presurgical imaging may predict whether epilepsy surgery will work Dec. 11, 2017
Rice University statisticians show integrative analysis can predict risk of postoperative seizures
Child Neurology Foundation and Eisai announce new transitions of care resources for young people living with epilepsy Dec. 5, 2017
Tools now available to help adolescents with epilepsy transition to the adult health care system underscoring Eisai's leadership and commitment to the epilepsy community…
Brainstem damage in epilepsy may be biomarker for increased SUDEP risk Dec. 4, 2017
Patients who died from suspected SUDEP had extensive damage to areas of the mid-brain and brainstem that control autonomic function.
Paxton: $2M settlement to Baylor College of Medicine for pediatric neurological research May 24, 2017
On May 24, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Baylor College of Medicine will receive $2 million from a settlement reached by Texas with Questcor Pharmaceuticals.
'Silent seizures' are the first sign of Alzheimer's - and could help doctors catch the disease years in advance May 2, 2017
Doctors at the Baylor College of Medicine say they were able to observe the dysfunctional patterns in two patients - after mouse models - and that normal brain scans would not be able to detect them.
Alzheimer's disease: Doctors detect 'silent seizures' that mark onset May 1, 2017
Doctors have detected "silent seizures" that mark the onset of Alzheimer's disease in a breakthrough study that could lead to new treatments for millions of patients.
'Silent seizures' found in patients with Alzheimer's disease May 1, 2017
Discovery of 'Silent seizures' provides a better understanding of Alzheimer's disease and can potentially lead to new treatments.
Zika infection and epilepsy: A discussion with Dr. Eli Mizrahi April 25, 2017
Seizures and epilepsy are commonly reported in infants born with probable congenital Zika virus infection.
Old epilepsy classification system updated — Revises decades-old taxonomy to improve diagnosis, treatment, and research March 10, 2017
Updates to a 1980s classification system of epilepsies and seizure types, which identify several types of seizure not captured in the previous version, are expected to allow more fully informed decisions regarding epilepsy diagnosis, treatment, and research, researchers reported.
Statistics method shows networks differ in epileptic brains March 6, 2017
A novel statistical approach to analyzing data from patients with epilepsy, developed at Rice University, reveals details about their brains' internal networks.
Mizrahi elected president of the American Epilepsy Society Dec. 2, 2016
Dr. Eli M. Mizrahi, chair and professor of neurology and professor of pediatrics, was elected president of the American Epilepsy Society, a medical and scientific society with 4,000 members.
Book Release – A Concise Manual of Epilepsy, 3rd Edition Nov. 30, 2016
A concise manual of epilepsy is an introduction to epilepsy that aims to be easily digestible to a beginner or trainee, yet comprehensive enough for a practitioner in epilepsy wishing to brush up their knowledge or preparing for their boards.
Van Ness named neurology academy fellow Aug. 12, 2016
The director of the Baylor Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is recognized for his exemplary clinical and academic work and achievements in neuroscience and commitment to the community.
Book Release – Neurology Secrets, 6th Edition Aug. 5, 2016
Part of the bestselling Secrets Series, the updated sixth edition of Neurology Secrets continues to provide an up-to-date, concise overview of the most important topics in neurology today. It serves as a comprehensive introduction for medical students, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, and is also a handy reference and refresher for residents and practitioners.
Baylor faculty honored for excellence in teaching, education May 26, 2016
Chen and Kung received the Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Award for teaching and evaluation. Kass received the Graduating Class Outstanding Faculty Award.
Book Release – Atlas of Neonatal Electroencephalography, 4th Edition May 17, 2016
This comprehensive atlas presents the clinical practice of neonatal electroencephalography (EEG) through text, references, and detailed figures demonstrating normal and abnormal features of the neonatal EEG from the most premature infant to one month post-term.
Responsive stimulation may be viable treatment for medically intractable mesial temporal lobe epilepsy April 18, 2016
Researchers from Houston, Texas, and Mountain View, California, have found that responsive stimulation may be a viable treatment option for patients with medically intractable mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE).
Book Release – A Concise Manual of Epilepsy, 2nd Edition March 1, 2016
A concise manual of epilepsy is an introduction to epilepsy that aims to be easily digestible to a beginner or trainee, yet comprehensive enough for a practitioner in epilepsy wishing to brush up their knowledge or preparing for their boards.
Throwback Thursday: The rest of the story Nov. 5, 2015
Back in April of this year we featured this interesting picture and wondered what was going on. We wanted to know…
2014 case of human form of "mad cow disease" highlights need for continued surveillance April 16, 2015
The identification of a patient who died from the human form of "mad cow disease" demonstrates the need for continued global tracking and awareness of the prion disorder, according to Baylor researchers.
'Mad cow' disease in Texas man has mysterious origin April 16, 2015
It began with anxiety and depression. A few months later, hallucinations appeared. Then the Texas man, in his 40s, couldn't feel the left side of his face.
Book Release – A Concise Manual of Epilepsy Sept. 10, 2014
A concise manual of epilepsy is an introduction to epilepsy that aims to be easily digestible to a beginner or trainee, yet comprehensive enough for a practitioner in epilepsy wishing to brush up their knowledge or preparing for their boards.
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center begins groundbreaking treatment for epilepsy April 15, 2014
CHI St. Luke's Health Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center announced today that it has begun treating patients with the groundbreaking new NeuroPace® RNS® System.
New treatment offers hope for epilepsy patients March 8, 2014
A new treatment for epilepsy offers hope for controlling seizures in patients who don't respond well to medication and aren't eligible for conventional surgery. The treatment, carried out by surgeons at St. Luke's Hospital under the auspices of the Baylor Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, involves the implantation of a small computer inside the skull that can monitor brain waves and sense when a seizure is starting.
Epilepsy drugs in pregnancy may affect infants' fine motor skills Sept. 25, 2013
Study did not find similar link when babies were exposed through breast-feeding.
Group educational therapy helps psychogenic seizure patients Jan. 1, 2013
Patients who have been newly diagnosed with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures probably benefit from counseling and group therapy sessions before being referred to psychiatrists for treatment of their underlying mental health problem.
Mizrahi recognized for epilepsy work Sept. 21, 2012
Department chair is honored at the Epilepsy Foundation's 2012 World Changers Awards Gala.
Book Release – Clinical Brain Mapping May 4, 2012
This profusely illustrated, concise, yet detailed sourcebook enables both neurosurgeons and neurologists to map functions to specific cognitive and sensory locations in the brain.
Study explores electrical stimulation as an aid to memory Feb. 8, 2012
A small study shows promise that could lead to clues to encoding memory and treating neurological diseases.
Photography leads Parkinson's patient down new path Oct. 5, 2011
So when doctors diagnosed him 10 years ago with Parkinson's disease, Flatt, now 64, decided to transform the bad news into good.
Febrile seizures linked to alkalosis Sept. 22, 2011
A new study adds to data suggesting that respiratory alkalosis could trigger febrile seizures in susceptible children.
Oyster Creek Rotary donates to Baylor College of Medicine's epilepsy research June 29, 2011
The Oyster Creek Rotary Club of Fort Bend County recently donated $1,000 to Baylor College of Medicine for epilepsy research.
MEDVAMC designated as a southwest area Epilepsy Center of Excellence July 29, 2009
Houston VA selected as site for VA Epilepsy Center of Excellence.
Goldman receives 2009 CURE research award June 15, 2009
Dr. Goldman receives the 2009 Christopher Donalty and Kyle Coggins Award for the study of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).
Chen honored with Epilepsy Society / Milken Early Career Award Dec. 10, 2008
The American Epilepsy Society / Milken Family Foundation Early Career Physicians Scientist Award has been given to David K. Chen, M.D., director of the Neurophysiology Laboratory at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and assistant professor of neurology at Baylor College of Medicine.
Log off to 'nod off' Dec. 20, 2006
"Most people will have some insomnia at some point during their lives," said Dr. Michael Abene, assistant professor of neurology and neurophysiology at Baylor College of Medicine.
Epilepsy trial to evaluate electrical implant device Oct. 24, 2006
The solution to some untreatable cases of epilepsy may take the form of a small, implantable electrical stimulation device, say neurologists at Baylor College of Medicine and St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital?
Book Release – Atlas of Neonatal Electroencephalography, 3rd Edition Nov. 4, 2003
Thoroughly revised and updated by internationally recognized experts, the Third Edition of this popular and widely used atlas reflects twelve years of vital advances in electrodiagnosis of neurologic function in neonates.
Book Release – Infantile Spasms: Diagnosis, Management, and Prognosis July 31, 2003
The etiology of infantile spasms/West syndrome remains unknown; the pathophysiology is poorly understood and the optimal course of treatment is controversial.
New state-of-the-art digital instrumentation installed in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and Sleep laboratories 2000
Electrical device controls some epilepsy March 24, 1998
An implantable medical device that sends an electrical jolt to the brain -- much the way a pacemaker controls the heart -- offers relief for a small number of people with difficult-to-treat epilepsy.
Book Release – Diagnosis and Management of Neonatal Seizures Jan. 15, 1998
Accessible to the full range of clinicians who care for neonates, this expert guide addresses issues critical to diagnosing and managing neonatal seizures, providing dozens of helpful diagnostic, treatment, and prognostic algorithms…
Experts: Cartoon seizures not new Dec. 19, 1997
The Epilepsy Foundation of America is conducting a research program on photosensitivity. If you have photosensitivity…
BCM Clinical Neurophysiology opens expanded EEG/Video monitoring lab facilities with paperless EEG technology 1994
Clinical neurophysiology at BCM contracts with National Institutes of Health to evaluate new anti-epileptic drugs 1992
BCM opens the Neurophysiology Laboratory at Texas Children's, with facilities for full services including EEG, EEG-video monitoring, polysomnography, evoked potentials, and intraoperative monitoring 1991
BCM Clinical Neurophysiology establishes the Clinical Research Center for Neonatal Seizures with support by National Institutes of Health 1991
BCM opens expanded Sleep Lab facilities 1991
Book Release – Problems and Concepts in Developmental Neurophysiology July 1, 1989
Fifteen contributions illustrate basic principles, concepts and methodologies of developmental neurophysiology of the mammalian central nervous system, providing an introduction for investigators and clinicians who require an essential knowledge of the ontogeny of the brain.
BCM Clinical Neurophysiology develops intraoperative EEG and EP monitoring service 1982
BCM establishes the Epilepsy Research Center which receives continuous support from National Institutes of Health 1975
BCM pioneers EEG/video/polygraphic monitoring studies 1974
Clinical neurophysiology at BCM designs on-board EEG equipment for use by NASA to analyze astronaut's sleep pattern during prolonged space flight 1973
BCM opens evoked potential laboratory 1972
BCM opens first sleep lab in Houston 1971
Clinical neurophysiology at BCM develops techniques and performs prolonged EEG and sleep monitoring in undersea habitat (Tektite) 1969
BCM Clinical Neurophysiology records the first EEG during space flight (Gemini VII) 1965
BCM Clinical Neurophysiology performs the first intraoperative monitoring of spinal cord function during aortic aneurysm and scoliosis surgery 1959
BCM Clinical Neurophysiology publishes first modern textbooks devoted entirely to epilepsy in children 1957
BCM performs the first intraoperative EEG monitoring of carotid artery surgery 1957
Clinical neurophysiology at BCM initiates service to Texas Children's, Houston's first hospital for children 1954
BCM records the first EEG from the depths of the brain for detection of seizure focus 1953
BCM Clinical Neurophysiology conducts the first application of radioisotope techniques to the localization of brain tumors in correlation with EEG findings 1951
Clinical neurophysiology at BCM enters into the field of epilepsy surgery 1951
BCM establishes first major comprehensive clinic for children with epilepsy (Blue Bird Circle Clinic) 1949
BCM opens the first hospital-based EEG and clinical neurophysiology program in Houston at The Methodist Hospital 1949