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University of Texas Picks up $50 Million to Fund Patient Care and Research in Neuroscience

James and Miriam Mulva and the Mulva Family Foundation have donated $50 million to advance neuroscience at The University of Texas at Austin.

“We are pleased to establish a new and innovative neurology clinic combining UT Austin’s state-of-the-art research with advanced clinical operations for these widespread and difficult diseases that impact so many people and families,” said Jim and Miriam Mulva.

The $50 million grant creates the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences, which will be located at the Dell Medical School at UT Austin. The Mulva Clinic will underwrite neuroscience patient care, research and clinical operations, with a special emphasis initially on Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and bipolar disorder.

“I deeply appreciate the Mulva family’s continual support of the university and especially this transformational gift for the advancement of neurosciences across many disciplines at UT Austin,” said Gregory L. Fenves, president of UT Austin. “Their generous investment to form the Mulva Clinic will enable the Dell Medical School to expand dramatically innovative clinical services for patients deeply affected by neurological disorders while also pursuing our vision for reshaping value-based health care and overall population health.”

The Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences will grow alongside the Dell Medical School, the first new medical school to be created on a top-tier, Association of American Universities-member research campus in about 50 years. Dell Med Dean Clay Johnston, himself a neurologist, said the clinic will open a new range of services and treatments to the people of Central Texas — including low-income and uninsured patients — and reinforce the school’s transformational work.

“I have spent many years caring for people with neurological and psychiatric diseases and seen the great impact they have on individuals and their families. The Mulva Clinic will make a real difference addressing these devastating health issues that have afflicted far too many people,” Johnston said. “The gift allows us to launch on a trajectory to become a world-class center for the treatment and study of these diseases, pulling together great strengths that already exist across the university and in the community. We’re looking forward to some amazing collaborations.”

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Concussions on the Rise for Adolescents, Researchers Say

Sustaining a concussion during adolescence may be more common than previous estimates, according to researchers presenting their study recently at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO.

 “Our team looked at the administrative health records of more than 8.8 million members of a large private payer insurance group and noted that 32 percent of the individuals diagnosed with concussion were between file7841289514020the ages of 10-19 years old with the largest increase in incidence between 2007 and 2014 in that age group. This is the first study to evaluate trends in concussion diagnoses across the general US population in a variety of age groups,” said lead author, Alan L. Zhang, MD from the University of California San Francisco Medical Center.

The highest incidence of concussion was seen in the 15-19 age group (16.5 cases per 1,000 patients) followed by the 10-14 (10.5 per 1,000), 20-24 (5.2 per 1,000) and 5-9 (3.5 per 1,000) age groups. Overall, there was a 60% increase in concussion incidence from 2007-2014. The largest increases were in the 10-14 (143%) and 15-19 (87%) age groups. Fifty-six percent of concussions were diagnosed in the emergency room and 29% in a physician’s office with the remainder being seen in urgent care or inpatient settings.

Zhang and his team also noted that irrespective of sport, the incidence of concussion in male patients was one and a half times higher than that in female patients.

“The rates at which concussions are rising may in part be due to the rise in youth sports participation and also better diagnostic skills/training for coaches and sports medicine professionals. This trend is alarming however, and the youth population should definitely be prioritized for ongoing work in concussion diagnosis, education, treatment and prevention,” said Zhang.

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Concussion Forum to be Held in New Jersey on Tuesday

NJ Spine and Wellness will present a lecture about the latest findings about concussions, identification of symptoms and proper management for parents, coaches, athletic trainers and directors. Entitled “2016 Central Jersey Concussion Forum,” the free lecture s offered on June 14th from 6-8pm at the Battleground Country Club in Manalapan.

Insights will be given by Kevin Saum, the creator of Heads ‘N Tails and Dr. Christine Greiss, MD, traumatic brain injury specialist and concussion program director at JFK Hospital, Johnson Rehabilitation Institute.

“This is an important forum that all parents of athletes, coaches and trainers should attend,” said Dr. Peter Bufano, D.C. of NJ Spine and Wellness. “In my experience, a concussion may not always be easily diagnosed and symptoms can occur months or even years after the event. This makes it difficult for family members, trainers and doctors to connect the dots and provide the correct treatment to this form of brain trauma. All of those who care about the athletes in the care should come to our Central Jersey Concussion Forum and engage with the speakers on hand.”

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