Health

Thousands Join Event That Helps Babies Be Born Healthy
Who: Energized Fort Bend families, businesses and volunteers dedicated to giving more babies a healthy start in life take part the inaugural Fort Bend County March for Babies, the March of Dimes biggest annual event.

What: At March for Babies NICU nursery graduates, families, local area hospitals, and supporters, will hope, remember and celebrate together through interactive experiences along the route.

When: Saturday April 29, 2017
Participants arrive for registration starting at 8:00 a.m.; walk starts at 9:00 a.m.

Where: Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77498
FREE PARKING
For more information, visit marchforbabies.org/event/fortbend

Why: Each year in Texas, 40,992 babies are born prematurely. Premature birth is the leading cause of death for babies and those who survive often face serious and lifelong health problems, including breathing problems, vision loss, cerebral palsy and intellectual delays.

Interviews: The Fort Bend Ambassador family – Kevin and Regina Jones and their two sons Kevin and Dylan. Kevin was born at 25 weeks gestation weighing only 1lbs, 5 ozs – he spent 79 days in the NICU. Due to the previous high risk pregnancy, Regina was put on bedrest for five months during her pregnancy with their second son, Dylan. Due to early detection and monitoring, Dylan spent only two days in the NICU. Today both boys are healthy teenagers – their experience serves as motivation that they can both accomplish anything!

March for Babies Co-Chairs, James and Gay Thompson, as grandparents they have taken on the role of March for Babies Chairmen to raise awareness and important funding for March of Dimes. They have made the commitment to raise $250,000 in the walk’s inaugural year.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The 2017 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, Cigna, HCA, and regional sponsor Publix Super Markets, Inc. In our community, March for Babies is sponsored by Schlumberger, BakerHostetler, Constellation, Republic Services, MEGlobal, Smart Financial Centre, and Lake Management Services.

HOUSTON (April 21, 2017) – Houston-area employers now have access to a comprehensive suite of services aimed at creating a healthier workforce with the recent addition of a new Memorial Hermann clinic dedicated exclusively to occupational medicine.

Memorial Hermann Occupational Medicine Katy, located in the Medical Plaza adjacent to Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, opened this month. It is the latest initiative by the Memorial Hermann Health System, which has had a longstanding partnership with local businesses, to ensure that the medical needs of Houston’s employees are addressed.

“For years, our System has been working with employers across the region to provide the resources they need when they need them, and this new clinic builds on our valued reputation as a trusted healthcare provider in occupational medicine,” said Dr. David James, Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Medical Group. “We are thrilled to take those efforts to the next level and be able to offer a one-stop-shop that meets the unique needs and specifications of our employer partners and their workers.”

Through its affiliation with the largest not-for-profit health system in Southeast Texas, Memorial Hermann Occupational Medicine Katy is able to offer a unique set of advantages to both employers and their workers, including extensive knowledge of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) protocols; online appointment scheduling; seamless continuity of care through the System’s extensive network of care sites and affiliated physicians; and easy access to higher-acuity care when needed.

In addition to OSHA-sensitive, work-related injury assessments and treatments, Memorial Hermann Occupational Medicine Katy also offers an array of other services including physicals, disability evaluations, biometric screenings and immunizations, among other specialized services. Memorial Hermann is planning to open additional occupational medicine clinics across the region in the coming months.

“It’s very exciting because Houston area businesses and employees have needed a clinic like this for a long time,” said Dr. Parvaneh Ehsanzadeh, board-certified occupational medicine specialist who will provide care at the clinic. “Memorial Hermann has long been a leader in the area of employee health, collaborating with several major employers to address their workers’ wellness and primary care needs. That background served as the foundation on which we established this highly specialized clinic that focuses on one of the things Memorial Hermann does best: providing holistic care tailored toward treating the whole individual.”

Learn more about Memorial Hermann’s occupational medicine program.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Senate took a pivotal step toward improving the quality of care in Texas nursing facilities today by unanimously approving Senate Bill 932, which seeks to hold nursing home operators accountable for harming residents.

Senate Bill 932 — sponsored by Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) — was approved on a 31-0 vote and now heads to the Texas House of Representatives.

The bill revises the state’s “Right to Correct” law to make it more difficult for serious violations of nursing home care to be ignored. And among other changes, the bill empowers the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to substantially change how nursing homes are penalized.

“Texas needs to send a clear and unambiguous message that we’re serious about protecting our most vulnerable citizens from abuse and neglect,” said Schwertner. “I’m extremely grateful to each and every member of the Texas Senate for working to protect our seniors and other vulnerable Texans.”
AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson applauded Senator Schwertner and the entire Texas Senate for the leadership it showed in approving SB 932.

“Senate Bill 932 goes a long way toward holding nursing home owners and operators in Texas accountable when they hurt residents and jeopardize their health,” said Jackson. “I congratulate the Texas Senate for taking a pivotal step toward improving the quality of care in Texas nursing facilities. Now, we’re counting on members of the House of Representatives to do their part to protect residents of Texas nursing homes.”

Texas has more serious nursing home care violations than most states. An AARP Texas review of records has shown that one in four Texas nursing homes has multiple, serious violations of nursing home quality. Of 17,466 violations cited in Fiscal Year 2015, the state took enforcement action on only 40 violations.

AARP, a nonpartisan and nonprofit association with 2.3 million members in Texas age 50 and older, is in strong support of SB932. Earlier this month, AARP aired 30-second radio commercials throughout Texas in support of the bill.

By Bob Jackson

After a couple of weeks back in their districts for spring recess, members of Congress return to Capitol Hill on Monday, and you will soon start hearing again about shenanigans involving a very dangerous health care bill that many Americans had left for dead.

Just before leaving, leaders in Washington held closed-door meetings in an attempt to resurrect the legislation, called the American Health Care Act (AHCA).  Problem is, if they get their way, it would make a bad bill even worse.

The current version would allow insurance companies to charge older people five times what they charge others for the same coverage.  Compounding that problem, it would reduce the tax credit that lower- and middle-income Americans use to afford coverage.  Charging older adults five times more than others and changing the tax credit produces an “age tax” that could total up to $13,000 a year more for older people according to the Congressional Budget Office.

In an effort to round up more support, proponents are now putting forward another awful idea:  allowing insurance companies to deny coverage or dramatically increase costs for people with pre-existing health conditions like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

Under current law, insurers are prevented from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions.  This protection is critically important to millions of Americans and their families.  Without it, they face the fear of great financial distress or ruin on top of dealing with a serious health problem.

Those between ages 50 and 64 are especially at risk from a plan that would end or erode protection for those with a pre-existing health condition.  According to AARP’s Public Policy Institute, 40 percent of Americans in that age group—a total of 25 million people—have a pre-existing health condition.

In Texas, approximately 2 million people between ages 50 and 64 have a pre-existing health condition.

To make matters worse, the bill would also weaken Medicare’s finances, opening the door for Medicare vouchers.  The 57 million Americans and the workers paying into the program could face increased costs and risks they can’t afford.

And, the bill does nothing to lower prescription drug prices while giving drug and insurance companies $200 billion in tax breaks.  From lifesaving cancer treatments to EpiPens, drug companies’ skyrocketing prices are pushing critical medications out of reach for those who need them.  Last year alone, prescription drug costs increased by thousands of dollars. There is no reason Americans should be paying the highest prices in the world.

Instead of the old saying, “First, do no harm”, this bill takes a radically different approach:  keep doing harm and hope people aren’t paying attention.

Let’s make sure our representatives understand we will not accept this legislation that punishes older Americans and rewards special interests.  We won’t just stand by as they cut backroom deals that cut down on our health care.  We won’t forget who supported this bill—and who stood against it.

[HOUSTON, TX]– The Galleria, Houston Premium Outlets and Katy Mills today announced their Spring 2017 More Than Pink movement in support of Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer. As part of its pledge to donate $1 million each year in 2017 and 2018, more than 180 participating Simon Malls, The Mills and Premium Outlets nationwide will be participating in a range of activities during the months of April and May.

“It has been wonderful to see the positive response that the More Than Pink movement has generated over the past year,” said Kristen Esposito, Simon’s Vice President of Tourism and Marketing Alliances. “Our shoppers, retailers and employees have embraced the opportunities we’ve offered to support Susan G. Komen in its tireless efforts to reduce breast cancer deaths, and we look forward to continuing that momentum this year.”

Visitors to The Galleria, Houston Premium Outlets and Katy Mills will notice the pink theme carried out at the Guest Services booths and staff will be donning pink accessories. Other planned activities include:

Discount Card Program: Through May 31, in exchange for a $10 donation to Susan G. Komen, shoppers at The Galleria, Houston Premium Outlets and Katy Mills will receive a Discount Card, available at Guest Services or the Mall Office, providing up to 25% off one item at each participating retailer. All Discount Card donations go to Susan G. Komen.

Project OM: Manduka, a leading yoga mat and accessory brand, is partnering with Susan G. Komen to launch “project:OM,” a mindful movement to drive positive change on an epic level. Project:OM’s debut event, taking place Mother’s Day weekend – Friday, May 12 through Sunday, May 14 – gathers one million people to participate in the world’s largest yoga class. The massive event aims to unite individuals, families and the collective yoga community to raise funds to support Susan G. Komen’s Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026.

The Galleria and Houston Premium Outlets will participate in project:OM on Saturday, May 13. The Galleria’s class will be from 9:30 – 10 a.m. in the Nordstrom Wing near Adidas. Houston Premium Outlets will host classes from 9:30-10 a.m. and from 10:15-10:45 a.m. in Wagon Court.

To register, please visit https://www.manduka.com/projectom/. A $10 online donation will give shoppers access to the class and a voucher to present at Guest Services for a discount card (25% off participating retailers).

Local Programming:

The Galleria: The Galleria is offering a free limited-edition scarf with SGK discount book purchase.

Houston Premium Outlets: All mothers, grandmothers, families and friends are invited to Houston Premium Outlet’s Celebration of Women on Saturday, May 13 from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.! Shoppers will enjoy special discounts and treats at Guest Services in the Food Court, along with live entertainment and various onsite activities. Shoppers that spend $350 or more will receive a FREE gift at Guest Services, including a PINK scarf, Elizabeth Arden lipstick and personal soap for mom. Activities include:

9:30- 10 a.m.                Project OM – The Yoga class of 1 Million to Battle Breast Cancer
10:15-10:45 a.m.           Project OM – The Yoga class of 1 Million to Battle Breast Cancer
11 a.m.                         Camp Gladiator – Bootcamp intro
12 p.m.                         Opening of Mothers to be Parking

Katy Mills: Katy Mills will offer More thank Pink tabling events, Mother’s Day Prize giveaways, free gift bag and limited edition scarf with $10 voucher purchase, and many more special offers.

More Than Pink Hero Wall: An opportunity for survivors and their families to visually celebrate and honor the hero who inspires and uplifts them through their fight with breast cancer. For a $1 donation at The Galleria and Katy Mills, shoppers will receive a pink sticker on which they can write the name of the ‘More Than Pink’ Hero and place it on the wall. All proceeds go to Susan G. Komen.

Hero Photo Opportunity:  An ‘I Am More Than Pink’ backdrop will be used as a photo selfie station during April and May at The Galleria and Katy Mills; and on Saturday, May 13 during the Celebration of Women at Houston Premium Outlets. All will be encouraged to use the hashtag #morethanpink

As of April 2017, Simon has raised $441,667 in support of Susan G. Komen, all generated through the support and participation of shoppers, retailers and employees.

*From October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2018, Simon is proud to support Susan G. Komen® and, with the help of generous individuals like you, will guarantee a contribution of at least $1,000,000 for each year of the program in connection with its various fundraising initiatives, including its discount card program, promotion of Komen’s Race for the Cure®, and promotion of Komen’s Do-It-Yourself fundraising platform.

About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and an S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit simon.com.

About Susan G. Komen®

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the federal government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $920 million in research and provided more than $2 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. That promise has become Komen’s promise to all people facing breast cancer. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at ww5.komen.org/social.

H-E-B and Hill Country Fare sandwich bread with a best buy date of April 29 or earlier being recalled for potential rubber in the product  

H-E-B, committed to the quality of its products, is voluntarily issuing a precautionary recall for H-E-B and Hill Country Fare sandwich bread with a best by date of April 29 or earlier due to the possible presence of a single piece of rubber in the product. This was an isolated incident.

Bread purchased in the San Antonio area, Rio Grande Valley, Laredo and Corpus Christi stores is not impacted by this recall.

The voluntary recall impacts the following products with the Best By date of 4/29 or earlier:

Product UPC Tie Color
Hill Country Fare Thin 4122046090 orange, green, blue
Hill Country Fare Extra Thin 4122064420 orange, green
Hill Country Fare Wheat 4122078985 orange, green, blue
H-E-B Extra Thin 4122084868 orange, green, blue
H-E-B Round Top White 4122035774 orange, green, blue
H-E-B Split Top White 4122088001 orange, green, blue
H-E-B Texas Toast 4122062888 orange, green
H-E-B 100% Whole Wheat 4122003278 orange, green, blue
H-E-B Split Top Honey Wheat 4122003108 orange, green, blue

Customers who purchased the product can return it to the store for a full refund. Customers with any questions or concerns may contact H-E-B Customer Service at 1-855-432-4438.

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HOUSTON, TX (April 19, 2017) – The American Red Cross and local partners will assist citizens who were impacted by this week’s flooding in Danbury, TX (Brazoria County). Details are below:

Location: Danbury Civic Center, 6067 5th St, Danbury, TX 77534

Days Open: Thursday and Friday, April 20 and 21

Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.                             

Visitors can expect to meet with case workers who will help identify potential resources to aid in their recovery. To ensure visitors receive the help they need, they should bring a utility bill, driver’s license or other document showing they live in the flood-affected home.

HOUSTON, TX (April 19, 2017) – In its ongoing commitment to fight childhood hunger, Caliber Collision is raising the bar with a goal to collect 5 million meals during its 6th Annual Restoration Food Drive, from April 17 to May 19.

Locally in the Houston area, food and cash donations collected by Caliber’s 24 locations will benefit Houston Food Bank.

As the largest collision repair company in the U.S., Caliber is partnering with its network of teammates, customers, business partners, schools and local communities to increase the number of meals collected in 2017 by 60%.

Caliber’s annual Food Drive is a grassroots effort driven by teammates nationwide who challenge each other in friendly competitions while hosting a wide variety of fun activities that engage and encourage their local communities to donate cash and food items.

According to Feeding America, while most kids and parents eagerly look forward to the end of the school year and vacation, nearly 18 million children in the U.S. who depend on school lunches will go hungry during the summer.

“With an army of 10,000 dedicated and passionate teammates across the country, we know we can make a significant impact on childhood hunger,” said Steve Grimshaw, Caliber Chief Executive Officer.  “The continuing success of our Food Drive is a tribute to our teammates who are inspired to serve and our customers and partners, who generously support our efforts to restore the rhythm of regular meals during the summer months for kids in need.”

Grimshaw added that Caliber Collision has committed to a corporate matching contribution for local food banks based on the amount of cash donations and food items collected by Caliber teammates in each local community.

Collection centers are set up at each of Caliber’s 25 store locations for food and cash contributions. Donations can also be made online at CaliberDonations.com.

ALVIN

2500 FM 528 Rd.

Alvin, TX 77511

281.331.8600

BAYTOWN

4116 East Fwy.

Baytown, TX 77521

281.421.1349

BRYAN/COLLEGE STATION

601 S. Texas Ave.

Bryan, TX 77803

979.775.1500

CINCO RANCH

19350 FM 1093

Richmond, TX 77407

281.398.0028

CLEAR LAKE

603 Gemini St.

Houston, TX 77058

281.286.1700 

CONROE

1461 I45-N

Conroe, TX 77304

936.494.2881 

COPPERFIELD

5015 Addicks Satsuma

Houston, TX 77084

281.550.4000

CYPRESS

23266 NW Fwy.

Cypress, TX 77429

281.304.5200

GALLERIA

6409 Richmond Ave.

Houston, TX 77057

713.334.0303

GALVESTON

6902 Broadway

Galveston, TX 77554

409.741.9090 

HOUSTON – LIBERTY LAKES

6650 E. Sam Houston Pkwy. N.

Houston, TX 77049

281.458.3313 

HOUSTON – PASADENA

3939 Pansy St.

Pasadena, TX 77505

281.487.0317

HOUSTON – SOUTH LOOP

3575 S. Loop W. Fwy.

Houston, TX 77025

713.838.2886 

HOUSTON – SOUTHWEST FREEWAY

11228 Southwest Fwy.

Houston, TX 77031

281.933.8230

HOUSTON – WILLOWBROOK

16915 Tomball Parkway

Houston, TX 77064

281.469.1136 

KATY

25430 Bell Patna Dr.

Katy, TX 77494

281.347.4100

KINGWOOD

5455 FM 1960 East

Humble, TX 77346

281.812.0679 

MEMORIAL

1517 Silber Rd.

Houston, TX 77055

713.680.2266

ROSENBERG

2131 FM 2218

Rosenberg, TX 77471

832.595.8851 

SPRING

3808 Louetta Rd.

Spring, TX 77388

281.651.1118 

SPRING – ALDINE-WESTFIELD

25636 Aldine-Westfield

Spring, TX 77373

281.350.8200

THE WOODLANDS

25225 Kuykendahl Rd.

The Woodlands, TX 77375

281.351.4433 

TOMBALL

28310 S.H. 249

Tomball, TX 77375

281.516.9497 

HOUSTON – NON-DRIVE NORTH

425 Bammel Rd.

Houston, TX 77073

281.821.0017

Inventor of immune checkpoint blockade for cancer makes prestigious annual list

Dr. James P. Allison in his laboratory

HOUSTON — The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Chair of Immunology Jim Allison, Ph.D., whose pivotal insight to attack cancer by treating the immune system instead of the tumor revived cancer immunotherapy, has been named to the 2017 TIME 100. His approach launched a completely new way to treat these diseases, improving patient outcomes and transforming the course of cancer research.

The list, now in its 14th year, recognizes the world’s most influential individuals. As TIME Editor-in-Chief Nancy Gibbs has said of the list: “Each year our TIME 100 list lets us step back and measure the forces that move us…. One way or another they each embody a breakthrough: they broke the rules, broke the record, broke the silence, broke the boundaries to reveal what we’re capable of.”

Allison’s breakthrough, stemming from his basic science research, liberates the immune system to find and destroy cancer cells – an approach called immune checkpoint blockade. This new class of drugs is saving the lives of significant numbers of patients with a variety of advanced cancers.

“I’m grateful to TIME for recognizing the increasing importance of immunotherapy as a new pillar of cancer treatment,” said Allison, who also is executive director of the Immunotherapy Platform at MD Anderson. “We’re in the early days of successful cancer immunotherapy. Our next step is to extend these treatments to benefit more patients and our platform is intensely focused on making that a reality.”

MD Anderson’s Immunotherapy Platform analyzes blood samples and tumor biopsies taken before, during and after treatment to better understand response and resistance to treatment. The platform is part of the institution’s Moon Shots ProgramTM, which is designed to harness scientific knowledge and develop new technologies that will dramatically reduce cancer deaths through prevention, early detection and treatment.

Basic science built immune checkpoint blockade  

“We’re pleased to see the impact of Jim’s research accomplishments highlighted alongside those of other great pioneers and icons, and to have a second researcher on the TIME 100 list,” said MD Anderson Ad Interim President Marshall Hicks, M.D. “We’re delighted to have Jim leading our platform efforts, which are crucial to our Moon Shots Program and MD Anderson’s ability to advance progress in this exciting field.”

Allison’s curiosity-driven research, funded in early days by the National Institutes of Health, led to a life-saving treatment approved for six late-stage cancers and in hundreds of clinical trials for additional cancers and earlier stages of disease.

“It is important to note that immune checkpoint blockade came from understanding the basic science of the immune system,” Allison said. “I didn’t set out as a young scientist to develop cancer therapies, but to understand T cells, these amazing cells that travel our bodies to protect us from disease.”

Allison’s research in T cells – the immune system’s targeted weapons against viruses, bacteria and abnormal cells – began during his first stay at MD Anderson in the 1970s and ‘80s, extending to other institutions before Allison returned to MD Anderson in 2012 to establish the platform.

He was co-discoverer of the function of a protein on T cells that acts as a brake, shutting down immune response. His pivotal idea was to block the brake on the T cell, called CTLA4, with an antibody, unleashing the T cells to attack. After demonstrating this approach in mouse models of human cancer, Allison advocated taking the approach to human clinical trials, which led to the development of ipilimumab, known commercially as Yervoy.

Ipilimumab leads the way 

Yervoy was approved for advanced melanoma by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2011, after it became the first drug ever shown in a clinical trial to extend the lives of people with metastatic melanoma. Follow-up studies showed that 22 percent of patients treated with the drug in clinical trials survived 10 years or longer, unprecedented results for the disease.

After Allison’s research and the development of ipilimumab created the field of checkpoint blockade, other drugs were developed to block another brake on T cells called PD1, which have been approved for melanoma, Hodgkin lymphoma, and lung, kidney, bladder and head and neck cancers.

“The next challenge is to understand who benefits from treatment, who doesn’t, and develop rational combination therapies to help those who don’t,” Allison said. “There are many possible combinations – with other immunotherapies, targeted therapies, chemotherapies, radiation – and basic science will be important to help us more efficiently sort out these options.”

Allison holds the Vivian L Smith Distinguished Chair in Immunology and is director of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at MD Anderson.

Allison has won a number of honors in recent years, including the 2015 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, the 2014 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences and the 2013 AACR-Cancer Research Institute Lloyd J. Old Award in Cancer Immunology. He’s a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, a fellow of the American Association for Cancer Research Academy, the American Academy of Microbiology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Former MD Anderson chair of Lymphoma and Melanoma Larry Kwak, M.D., Ph.D., also made the list in 2010 for his research on cancer vaccines.

 

About MD Anderson
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston ranks as one of the world’s most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. The institution’s sole mission is to end cancer for patients and their families around the world. MD Anderson is one of only 47 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). MD Anderson is ranked No.1 for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” survey. It has ranked as one of the nation’s top two hospitals since the survey began in 1990, and has ranked first for nine of the past 10 years. MD Anderson receives a cancer center support grant from the NCI of the National Institutes of Health (P30 CA016672).

Photo L to R: Kate Johnson-Patagoc, Texana Director, Specialized Services, Mayor Jeff Roberts & Andi Wallis, Texana Community Relations Manager

Fulshear TX – April 19, 2017 – Texana Center was delighted that the City of Fulshear recognized April as National Autism Awareness Month with a proclamation at their Council meeting.

The first National Autism Awareness Month was declared by the Autism Society in April 1970.  The aim of this month is educate the public about autism. Autism is a complex mental condition and developmental disability, characterized by difficulties in the way a person communicates and interacts with other people. Autism can be present from birth or from early childhood (typically within the first three years). Autism is a lifelong developmental disability with no single known cause.

People with autism are classed as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the terms autism and ASD are often used interchangeably. A wide spectrum disorder, people will autism have set of symptoms unique to themselves; no two people are the same.

While no two people with autism will have the same set of symptoms, there are common characteristics which include: social skills deficits, repetitive behavior such as handing flapping, lack of empathy, not liking physical contact or sudden changes in the environment such as loud nose, and lack of speech or ‘echolalia’ when a person with autism repeats words and phrases that they hear. Other characteristics of autism can include an unpredictable learning rate, obsessions and physical tics.

Autism affects 1 in every 68 births in the United State according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).   The ‘Puzzle Ribbon’ is the symbol for Autism Awareness as autism is a puzzling condition.  Texana Center representatives handed Autism Ribbon pins to everyone in attendance and asked them to help make others aware of the increasing need for treatment for autism.

Texana Center is a leader in Texas for applied behavior analysis (the only scientifically proven treatment for autism) and has plans to build a new campus in Fulshear which includes the Children’s Center for Autism.  Texana is committed to educating parents, professionals and the general public about autism and its effects.

Mayor Roberts welcomed Texana Center to the Fulshear community and asked the community to support Texana’s fundraising efforts to build a campus at the corner of FM 359 and Wallis Street.