Epilepsy Talk

Epilepsy & Migraines — Kissing Cousins

April 27, 2017
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A strong relationship between migraines and epilepsy has long been suspected.

But now it is fact, according to extensive research cited by Steven Karceski, MD in Practical Neurology Magazine.


Is Epilepsy Inherited?

April 23, 2017
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Just because you have a parent, sibling, cousin or aunt who has epilepsy doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have it also.

In fact, if you have a close relative with epilepsy, the chance of you having epilepsy is only about 2-5%, depending on the specific type of epilepsy.

The risk in the general population is about 1-2%.


28 New Epilepsy Medicines In Development

April 17, 2017
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A newly-released report from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has revealed that 28 new medications are in development to treat epilepsy and seizures.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

These 28 new drugs are among nearly 420 new ground-breaking medicines in progress to treat neurological disorders.


Where’s The Funding? Epilepsy As An Orphan

April 12, 2017
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There are 200,000 new cases of epilepsy each year, and a total of more than 3 million Americans are affected by it.

Yet, public and private funding for epilepsy research lags far behind other neurological afflictions, at $35 a patient (compared, for instance, with $129 for Alzheimer’s and $280 for multiple sclerosis).


Embrace — A Seizure Smartwatch With Style

April 6, 2017
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Embrace makes it very easy to monitor physiological stress, sleep and physical activity.

You can check your entire day in a glance in a way that is easy to understand.

If you push yourself too much, the Embrace will gently remind you with a vibration that you need some time to recover. You can customize it to suit your behavior and needs.


Kindling — Using Seizures to End Seizures

April 3, 2017
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When you think of “kindling,” think of confusing. Controversy. Cure.

No, it’s not the little twigs for a bonfire!

But the name “kindling” was inspired by a log fire.


I Just Had To Share This…

March 26, 2017
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No, this is not an advertisement. Nor is it an endorsement.

But I just read this article about Direct Primary Care by Lydia Ramsey, reporter for the Business Insider’s Science Section and thought you should know about it. Because it’s a real break-through in medical care.

Especially in reference to your choice of a Personal Care Physician.

Perhaps “Direct Primary Care” sounds too general and is not specific enough for those of us who have epilepsy. But for those who have “healthy” family members, it sounds like a real “find”.


Brain Surgery Alternatives

March 24, 2017
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“It’s not brain surgery.” And it doesn’t have to be.

There are a host of epilepsy procedures that are minimally invasive.

For example…


FREE Prescription Drugs

March 17, 2017
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With drugs costs and insurance costs rising every day, it’s often difficult to get the meds you need. Below is a guide to no-cost or low-cost prescription programs. Pass the word along…


Stevens-Johnson Syndrome — a danger for those on Dilantin or Lamictal

March 10, 2017
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This article is not for those with a weak stomach. Because Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is an ugly and sometimes deadly disease.

But if you are on Dilantin or Lamictal, I urge you to read this information.


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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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