After receiving a $1 million grant to study how brain diseases can be treated, the University of Texas-Dallas neurology center began recruiting a team of physicians and researchers to study brain damage caused by the water crisis in the city of Flint, Michigan.
In August, the center announced it had completed an online survey of 1,400 physicians and neurologists.
Among those who responded, nearly two-thirds reported having received a diagnosis of stroke or other neurological disease from a neurologist, according to the university.
“It’s been an amazing experience,” said Dr. John A. Niederhoffer, the neurology director at the University Health System in Houston.
“We are very pleased that so many people have participated.”
The survey also found that the survey indicated that nearly three-quarters of the respondents said they had personally visited a neurology clinic to see a neurologists, an indication of the large number of neurologists who have seen Flint residents affected by the lead poisoning crisis.
Dr. Nieshoffer also said the survey showed that the majority of neurologist in the survey said they were satisfied with the quality of their neurology training.
The survey has also raised concerns about the quality and efficiency of the care being provided.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty around how to treat these people,” Dr. David A. C. Satterwhite, an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, told The Times.
“People have been waiting years for a clear answer.”
A spokeswoman for the neurologists at the Texas hospital where Dr. Clements was treated said that they were still waiting for the results of the survey.
“I know we are disappointed in the outcome,” said Jennifer McBride, a spokeswoman for Texas Health Resources.
“The results will be reported in the next few days.
The study results are still preliminary and the results need to be validated before we can determine the effectiveness of our treatment plans.”
A spokesperson for the National Institutes of Health did not respond to a request for comment.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday that the number of stroke cases has dropped nearly 30 percent from 2016, with more than 3,000 cases.
The number of deaths from stroke has decreased about 19 percent from a year earlier.
“Overall, the rate of strokes and deaths has been lower than the rate during the 2015 pandemic,” said Robert Spitzer, the director of the CDC’s Division of Vital Statistics and Stroke Prevention.
“But, stroke rates are still much higher than they were before the pandemic.”