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Prevent medication changes…

December 3, 2022
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This letter has been created by the Epilepsy Foundation to make explicitly sure that no substitutions are made to your prescription without full consent by you and your doctor.

You might want to make a copy of it for your files.


12 things your doctor won’t tell you…

December 1, 2022
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Modern medicine can do miraculous things — but every test and treatment has its downside.

And your doctor may not disclose the dangers without prompting, a new survey finds.

Researchers surveyed 2,700 patients who’d recently decided whether or not to have surgery, take a medication, or undergo cancer screening.

Most reported their physician spent far more time talking up the benefits of each choice than explaining the risks.

In fact, with the exception of lower back surgery, less than half the participants reported even some discussion of the cons.

Some patients felt left out of the decision-making process altogether.


A neurologist talks about his own epilepsy…

November 27, 2022
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In this eye-opening article from the New York Times, a neurologist talks about his own journey with epilepsy: his perceptions, other people’s reactions (not good) and how he decided to become a neurologist.


It’s YOUR Turn!

November 25, 2022
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Need advice? Want to vent? This is the place for you.

Got a frustration or fear? Question or complaint? We’re here.


Thanks for the giving…

November 23, 2022
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There’s so much to be grateful for…

Your generosity of spirit…

Your compassion and caring…


Mail-Order Meds — Savings and Service

November 20, 2022
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For some people, accessing the pharmacy remains one of the biggest barriers to retrieving prescriptions.

A lack of social support, time constraints and limited access to convenient transportation are commonly cited as reasons users cannot get their medication, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But it’s not just patients who have difficulty getting to the pharmacy who benefit from mail-order pharmacies: These programs offer flexibility, time and cost-savings to all enrolled.


Will that antidepressant work for you?

November 19, 2022
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The answer may be in your brain waves.

Scientists have taken a small step toward personalizing treatment for depression.


Laughter as effective as cocaine?

November 15, 2022
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Yup. A comic cartoon fires up the same brain center as a shot of cocaine, researchers report.

A team at Stanford University in California asked lab mates, spouses and friends to select the wittiest newspaper cartoons from a portfolio. They showed the winning array to 16 volunteers while peering inside their heads with an MRI.

The cartoons activated the same reward circuits in the brain that are tickled by cocaine, money or a pretty face, the neuroscientists found. (Wow!)


Concussion diagnosis in 15 minutes?

November 12, 2022
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Can a video game detect a concussion?

Not exactly. But a computerized test, similar to a video game can do just that!


Twitter is not our friend.

November 8, 2022
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And the misconceptions and stigma of epilepsy live on.

A revealing study published in Epilepsy & Behavior provides evidence that the perception of epilepsy is not faring well in social media. Kate McNeil and colleagues from Dalhousie University in Canada analyzed data collected from Twitter to provide a snapshot of how epilepsy is portrayed within the Twitter community.


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    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I 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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