Why Was Her Vision Jerky and Blurry if There Was Nothing Wrong With Her Eyes?
By Lisa Sanders, MD - Featuring Dr. Aria Fallah. The young woman rubbed her eyes. The numbers and letters on her computer screen jumped erratically. So did the world around her. This had happened before, but late at night when she was tired, never in the middle of the day. The light from the screen suddenly seemed too bright. And her headache, the one that was always present these days, tightened from a dull ache to a squeezing pressure on the back of her head and neck. Nearly in tears from pain and frustration, the 19-year-old called her mother. She couldn’t see; she couldn’t drive. Could her mother pick her up from work?
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UCLA Surgeons Use Minimally Invasive Procedure to Cure Boy With Rare Form of Seizures
By Elaine Schmidt - Justin Cho is an engaging 9-year-old. Although he’s somewhat shy, he is quick to smile and has an infectious laugh. “Justin has always been a happy child — very energetic and bubbly,” said his father, Robert Cho. “We assumed that giggling was just part of his personality.” What Robert and his wife, So, didn’t know was that the laughing fits he often had before bedtime were actually seizures and signs of a serious medical problem.
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Congratulations to Dr Mathern on his Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Epilepsy Society!
Dr. Gary W. Mathern -- Honored For Lifetime Accomplishments In Epilepsy
Gary W. Mathern, MD, will receive the William G. Lennox Award for lifetime accomplishments in epilepsy from the American Epilepsy Society. The award will be presented during the society’s annual meeting in Houston, Tex., December 2-5.
Most parents likely to follow outdated advice when caring for a child with a concussion, UCLA survey shows
A new national survey, commissioned by UCLA Health, reveals that a vast majority of parents may be following outdated advice when caring for a child with a concussion, and it could be making their child's symptoms worse. "This survey really illustrates just how far the pendulum has swung in terms of caring for children with concussions," said Dr. Christopher Giza, a pediatric neurologist and director of the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program. "In the past, there was often a tendency to downplay the significance of concussions. Now some parents go too far the other direction and, despite their best intentions, they can inadvertently complicate their child's recovery." Story on UCLA Health Newsroom >
Formerly Conjoined Twins Give Back to Pediatric Patients
KCBS-Channel 2, KNBC-Channel 4, KABC-Channel 7, KCAL-Channel 9, Univision, Telemundo, Estrella TV, KFI 640AM Dec. 14; La Opinion, HOY, Seventeen Magazine Dec. 15; ABC News online, CBS News online Dec. 16 and others featured the story of the formerly conjoined Guatemalan twins, nicknamed the Two Marias, who were separated in a landmark surgery at UCLA in 2002. The twins, now 14, returned to UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital this week to help decorate the rooms of pediatric patients who will be hospitalized over the holidays and to reunite with the doctors and nurses who helped care for them. Dr. Jorge Lazareff, the lead pediatric neurosurgeon; Dr. Henry Kawamoto, the lead plastic and reconstructive surgeon, and Dr. Barbara Van De Wiele, the lead anesthesiologist, were interviewed in the coverage.
Concussions End Student’s Playing Days, But Now He’s Trying To Help Others
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) Dr. Christopher Giza and Trey Fearn - Trey Fearn is a teenager who works with UCLA neurologists to help protect the valuable cargo inside the helmet. “I got a handoff and two of my teammates hit me from each side of my head, and then the next minute, it was just kind of black,” Fearn said of his first concussion. Fearn is now helping researchers at UCLA try to understand the long-term impact of concussions by participating in a study conducted by the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program. Christopher Giza, a neurologist at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, is working with Fearn and some members of the UCLA football team during the BrainSPORT study. “We do blood tests and brain MRIs,” Giza said. They test before any injuries and after they occur. Story on cbslocal.com >
What Parents Need to Know about Concussion
Examiner.com and Health Canal reported Oct. 21 on tips to help parents prevent and reduce concussion in their children who play sports. Dr. Christopher Giza, director of the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program, and a professor of pediatrics and neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, was quoted.
Fructose Sabotages Brain's Ability to Heal
A new study by Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery and integrative biology and physiology at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine and College of Letters and Science, finding that processed fructose interferes with recovery from traumatic brain injury, was reported Oct. 6 by Nutrition Insight; Oct. 5 by CBS News, Yahoo Health, Red Orbit, and Physical Therapy Products; Oct. 4 by GeekSided; Oct. 3 by Psych Central and the Indo-Asian News Service; and Oct. 2 by Bioscience Technology, Medical Xpress, Science Blog and Laboratory Equipment. The IANS story was syndicated Oct. 3 by India's Business Standard, Times of India, New Kerala, Can-India News, Zee News and The Statesman. The CBS News segment aired on 14 affiliates, including Louisville, Ky., Flint, Mich. and Nashville, Tenn. Three ABC news affiliates and one Fox affiliate also aired the story.
Dr. Christopher Giza, director of the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program and a professor of pediatrics and neurosurgery at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine and Mattel Children's Hospital, commented Sept. 3 in a Hollywood Reporter story about Concussion, a new film starring Will Smith that explores his character's discovery of the long-term effects of head trauma in professional football players. He also was quoted Sept. 4 and Aug. 27 in two ESPN articles exploring emerging technology to diagnose head injuries and new ways to improve football athletes' safety.