Epilepsy Talk

Epilepsy Stats and Facts

April 18, 2015

* Epilepsy affects over 3 million Americans of all ages — more than Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, and Parkinson’s Disease combined.

* In America, Epilepsy is as common as Breast Cancer, and takes as many lives.

* It is the third most common neurological disorder after Alzheimer’s and stroke…

The Nightmare of Nocturnal Seizures

April 11, 2015

According to an article in Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, if more than 90 percent of your seizures occur while sleeping, you are said to have sleep seizures. The article also notes that an estimated 7.5 percent to 45 percent of people who have epilepsy have some form of sleep seizures.

When Love Goes Wrong — Intimacy and Epilepsy

April 4, 2015

Carol found herself in a cycle of violence from the time she was a child. By adulthood, she had already experienced multiple beatings and hospitalizations.

In the most recent attack, her husband beat her with a board, leaving her with permanent brain damage and a life-long disability.

As a result of her injury, she now has frequent seizures, difficulty with balance, and is terrified to leave her home for fear of having a seizure or falling.

On vacation until 4/6/15

March 21, 2015

My lap top connector broke, leaving me out of business.

See you on Sunday, April 6th…  :-(

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Epilepsy: Art Therapy

March 14, 2015

A paintbrush is a powerful communication tool for experiences that are hard to explain in words.

It helps and allows your mind to wander without any restriction. The mixture of colors and the strokes define the inner feeling you want to express.

Your art is the extension of who you are, what you want and where you want to be. Your masterpiece, no matter how you made it, is priceless…

Antidepressant Drugs for Epilepsy

March 7, 2015

Researchers have noted a higher incidence of depression among patients with epilepsy than the general population or others with chronic conditions such as diabetes. For a long time, depression was thought to be a complication of epilepsy.

“People with a history of depression have a 3 to 7 times higher risk of developing epilepsy,” said Dr. Andres Kanner, a specialist on epilepsy at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. “This kind of information is forcing us to take a second look at the interaction between depression and epilepsy.”

New! Helmets for Your Health

February 28, 2015

A pair of Swedish women have developed a remarkable solution for safety helmets: The Invisible Bike Helmet.

Tired of strapping ugly, uncomfortable styrofoam-and-plastic turtle shells to their heads, the pair came up with a revolutionary solution that does manage to give you full head protection without, remarkably, wearing anything on your head.

There’s also a new Inflatable Helmet. The airbag helmet is worn around the neck like a scarf or collar. The collar contains a folded up airbag that inflates in the event of an accident.

Sensors within the collar pick up strange or sudden movements. The airbag is shaped like a hood. It surrounds and protects the user’s head. (Natalie Portman wore one because of her character’s epilepsy in the movie Garden State!)

Then, of course, there’s lots more out there to choose from. And you can create your own personalized design…

Treating Seizures — 7 Amazing New Breakthroughs

February 21, 2015

What if you could predict an oncoming seizure in time for you stop it? Or even prevent it? That day may be coming sooner than you think, thanks to these seven new technologies.

You’ll learn what they are, how they work and how far along they are…

Epilepsy Summer Camps

February 19, 2015
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Below you’ll find a compilation of EFA summer camps and those supported by other organizations.
Ages range from 6 – 26, depending upon the camp and its activities.

Applications for this year’s summer camps are beginning. (Or starting very soon.) Dates and ages vary, depending upon the camp. So, it’s best you get the necessary info now, to avoid disappointment.

Camps should be contacted early for dates and applications.

Anti-Epilepsy Drugs Lose Effectiveness Over Time…

February 15, 2015

It may be the dose prescribed…the type of epilepsy you have…even something as simple as your age or weight. But research shows that, over time, the effectiveness of your anti-epilepsy drug may decline.

Almost all first, second and third-generation epilepsy drugs lose their efficacy after prolonged treatment. Perhaps it’s because your metabolism builds up a tolerance to the drug. And ramping up the dosage can work. Or it may be a functional tolerance where your brain receptors have become resistant to the drug. In that case, a change in medications may help. But whatever the cause, you’re not alone…

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    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I've also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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