- Ask a question during the town hall meetings.
- Submit your question electronically at computer stations set up at each town hall meeting location.
- Email SpecialEducation@HoustonISD.org or visit HoustonISD.org/SpecialEducation to submit a question electronically.
- Ask your school for a special education comment card, fill it out, and return it to your school’s front office.
- Call your school’s main office to request that a comment card be mailed to you.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
HISD rolling up its sleeves to meet the needs of Houston children with special needs. You might need this service tomorrow - JR
You are invited to a town hall meeting to discuss special education in the Houston Independent School District. Parents will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their input.
There will be multiple ways for parents to submit questions about special education services in HISD:
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Interesting times. Does this explain why families are told kids with autism cant be diagnosed until they are 4 or 6 ? I wondered why this happens. - JR
Houston Special Ed Director Resigns Amid Denial of Services
The director of special education for Houston public schools has resigned amid reports that the school district systematically denied services to thousands of students with disabilities.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
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Monday, March 06, 2017
|Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?|
Cochrane level meta-analyses are very strong from a data perspective.
Until there is more data, it seems reasonable to use hand free systems or headphones to keep the phone away from the head.
As an aside, industry funding did not bias studies.
Mobile phone use and risk of brain tumours: a systematic review of association between study quality, source of funding, and research outcomes
Authors Manya Prasad Prachi Kathuria Pallavi Nair Amit Kumar Kameshwar Prasad
First Online: 17 February 2017
Cite this article as:
Prasad, M., Kathuria, P., Nair, P. et al. Neurol Sci (2017). doi:10.1007/s10072-017-2850-8
Mobile phones emit electromagnetic radiations that are classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans. Evidence for increased risk for brain tumours accumulated in parallel by epidemiologic investigations remains controversial. This paper aims to investigate whether methodological quality of studies and source of funding can explain the variation in results. PubMed and Cochrane CENTRAL searches were conducted from 1966 to December 2016, which was supplemented with relevant articles identified in the references.
Twenty-two case control studies were included for systematic review. Meta-analysis of 14 case–control studies showed practically no increase in risk of brain tumour [OR 1.03 (95% CI 0.92–1.14)]. However, for mobile phone use of 10 years or longer (or >1640 h), the overall result of the meta-analysis showed a significant 1.33 times increase in risk.
The summary estimate of government funded as well as phone industry funded studies showed 1.07 times increase in odds which was not significant, while mixed funded studies did not show any increase in risk of brain tumour.
Metaregression analysis indicated that the association was significantly associated with methodological study quality (p < 0.019, 95% CI 0.009–0.09).
Relationship between source of funding and log OR for each study was not statistically significant (p < 0.32, 95% CI 0.036–0.010).
We found evidence linking mobile phone use and risk of brain tumours especially in long-term users (≥10 years).
Studies with higher quality showed a trend towards high risk of brain tumour, while lower quality showed a trend towards lower risk/protection.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
A fair bit is known about how to use diet to enhance or ameliorate brain function after brain injury. - JR
Traumatic brain injury and diet
Increasing attention is being paid to nutritional and metabolic management of traumatic brain injury patients. The gross metabolic changes that occur after injury have been found to be influenced by both macronutrients, that is, dietary ratios of fat, carbohydrates, and protein, and micronutrients, for example, vitamins and minerals. Alterations in diet and nutritional strategies have been shown to decrease both morbidity and mortality after injury. Despite this knowledge, defining optimal nutritional support following traumatic brain injury continues to be an ongoing challenge. Keywords brain, injury, metabolism, ketones, substrate, pituitary
April 1, 2013.
Brain Metabolism After Traumatic Brain Injury Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury occurs more than any other disease in the United States, with an annual incidence of 3.5 million new cases. It affects men and women of all age groups, with the greatest incidence among children under 4 years of age and 14 to 19 years old. Traumatic brain injury is caused by the rapid movement of the brain within the skull and does not require direct contact with an object for injury to occur. Although there are pathophysiological similarities between glutamate excitotoxicity and hypoxic and ischemic brain injuries, it is the movement of the brain during traumatic brain injury that produces its unique time course and complex dysfunction.
Good care matters
...‘Cerebral palsy’ continues to be used as a diagnostic bucket into which any physically disabling condition is dumped, without the careful precision of diagnostic assessment advocated by the Surveillance of Cerebral Palsy in Europe's freely available Reference and Training Manual (2016; http://www.scpenetwork.eu). Different diagnoses bring different associated conditions, patterns of inheritance, and outcomes. Diagnostic precision matters....
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