The autism rate has increased — 1 in 68 kids are now identified with the disorder. 20-30% of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) develop epilepsy. And children whose language skills regress before they turn 3 have been found to have a higher risk of developing epilepsy.
Heat can trigger seizures for some people. For example, when you take a very hot shower. (I ended up having a seizure and bonked my head.)
An epileptologist explained that heat can sometimes trigger a seizure for some people because the hot water — as well as the warm air — is firing up the neurons in the brain which can cause a seizure.
Maybe you’re an artist…actor…architect…painter…poet…philosopher…singer…or someone you just don’t know.
Because, quite simply, there’s another side to that electrical mischief that epilepsy produces.
Some types of epilepsy can spark inspiration, enhance creativity and bring out the latent artist in you.
It’s just waiting to be discovered…
Charlie Peterson was a man who suffered from epilepsy for decades. He had one unsuccessful brain surgery, then another, which was successful, ten years later.
Since that time, he had risen to be an active advocate and to give back by helping all those in need.
He was my friend and a friend to the world. Starting a support group where there was none. Counseling others with epilepsy and those who had a loved one with epilepsy.
He was generous to a fault, giving back in turn for the “miracle” that had saved his life.
He was patient, kind, generous and giving. He was my #1 hero.
A recent study published in the International Journal of Epilepsy has found that certain smartphone apps might aid those with epilepsy.
These apps include seizure diaries as well as medication trackers with reminders to take the next pill.
Apps are available to answer any question patients with epilepsy might have and to remind doctors about drug interactions to watch out for.
Most of them are free of charge.
Most people don’t want to think about death and dying — so they don’t. Until they have to.
Unfortunately, that often means that families are left struggling with difficult decisions about important matters, such as whether or not Mom would like to be kept alive using a ventilator, or who should be in charge of managing Dad’s financial affairs, because Mom or Dad never made clear what they wanted for themselves.
Advance directives are important tools for anyone to have, because even the healthiest person could experience a sudden accident and not be able to speak for herself…
The secret here is the numbers 2-1-1.
Go to the website: http://www.211.org/. Where available, 2-1-1 allows people to give help and to get help. And it’s sponsored by the United Way.
2-1-1 can also give people who live in rural areas better access to health and human service information.
You eat healthy foods, take your vitamins, and supplements. And those of us who do are lured into thinking we’re doing what’s best for our bodies.
Or, at least we’re trying to.
Little do we know what’s lurks within those “healthy” products…
For quite some time there’s been an explosion of health food products on the market, specifically advertised as either “organic foods” or “natural” foods.
Most people don’t know that there is a major difference between “organic” and “natural” foods, believing that the two are interchangeable.
But, there’s a huge difference between a food labeled “natural” and one that is labeled “organic.”
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new generator for the VNS Therapy® System.
The new generator, called AspireSR®, offers the ability to provide automatic stimulation in response to increased heart rate, in addition to its other stimulation timing.