Washington University faculty start International Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Tumor Board for global collaboration

Survivorship among brain tumor patients is much higher in the U.S. than in other parts of the world. This reality is something Washington University School of Medicine faculty seek to mitigate through a new initiative called the International Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Tumor Board. Started by Director of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Mohamed Shebl Abdelbaki, MD, and Pediatric Neuro-oncologist […]

Deep brain stimulation stops tremor symptoms and improves lives

Bill and Jo Ann Trefts, pictured with grandson EJ, both lived with essential tremor for decades before being treated with deep brain stimulation.

“I started shaking in 5th grade,” says Jo Ann Trefts, who suffered from tremors for decades until being treated with deep brain stimulation (DBS). Her husband Bill Trefts also developed essential tremor at a young age. In his case, the shaking developed as a college student. He was majoring in music and playing the organ. […]

Growing up with epilepsy, Emma celebrates a year without seizures

Emma Beutow can’t remember life without epilepsy, but her mom Misty recalls the first time Emma had a seizure at age 3. Actually, she didn’t know it was a seizure until later.  Like many people, Misty associated seizures with dramatic convulsions. Emma’s seizures were more subtle.   “She would do these weird things where she would […]