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2016-2017 Top-Rated Neurological Hospitals in the U.S.

September 26, 2016
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Every year, patients and potential patients alike, look forward to the U.S. News & World Report’s list of top ranking hospitals.

Attached is a link to their most current list for neurology and neurosurgery hospitals in the U.S.


Robotic Neurosurgery — The Future is Here Today!

September 21, 2016
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“It’s as if I’ve miniaturized my body and gone inside the patient.”

A science breakthrough: Robotic neurosurgery.

This minimally invasive surgery avoids traditional drilling through the skull by using miniaturized surgical instruments that fit through a series of tiny incisions.

They are mounted on three separate robotic arms — allowing the surgeon maximum range of motion and precision and less trauma to the patient.


Anti-Epilepsy Drugs Lose Effectiveness Over Time…

September 14, 2016
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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.


The Trouble with AEDs

September 10, 2016
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At the very best, finding the right anti-epilepsy drug is a crap shoot. There’s always the hope that this one will do it.

Or maybe adjunct therapy will work. Or, sigh, the side-effects derail you and you’re on to the next.

Is asking for seizure control too much?


Conversion Disorder and Epilepsy

September 5, 2016
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Is it epilepsy or conversion disorder?

The term “conversion” comes from the idea that psychological distress is being converted into a physical symptom.

The cause is not known.


The Staggering Costs of Epilepsy

August 27, 2016
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The fact that epilepsy is expensive is no secret. The meds, medical care, the doctors’ visits, hospital bills, health costs, the injuries and finally, the lack of self-esteem.

The statistics are sobering but true…

Epilepsy results in an estimated annual cost of $15.5 billion in medical costs and lost or reduced earnings and production.


Stress and Seizures

August 23, 2016
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Let’s be honest, you probably didn’t plan on having epilepsy.

But here we are. And we all know that stress is #1 in the hit parade of seizure triggers.

And endless surveys prove the fact. Most people think of stress as being related only to unpleasant or sad times in their lives.

However, even “happy” stress can trigger seizures!


Buyer Beware!

August 13, 2016
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It’s amazing — and scary — how wildly drug prices can vary between pharmacies. And between name brand drugs and generics, especially when you don’t have insurance.

Here are some comparisons:


Autoimmune Epilepsy — Cause of Previously Unexplained Seizures?

August 5, 2016
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Some patients with unexplained partial seizures which are medication resistant may have “autoimmune epilepsy” — epilepsy characterized by of autoimmune antibodies.

Although autoimmune epilepsy is still rare, it’s become an increasingly recognized cause of epilepsy, which might have been previously thought to be of unknown cause.


Please Feel Free To Repost My Articles IF…

August 2, 2016
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I recently came across an article in an independent publication called “Weird Epilepsy Triggers”.

The article seemed awfully familiar to me at first — and then, sickeningly, I realized that the site had copied an Epilepsy Talk article.

Word for word…


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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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