Epilepsy Talk

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!


Can PTSD Cause Brain Fog?

September 21, 2022
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Going through trauma is not rare. About 6 out of every 10 (or 60%) of men and 5 of every 10 (or 50%) of women experience at least one trauma in their lives…


More people are smoking marijuana than cigarettes!

September 3, 2022
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Surprised?

With the legalization of smoking cannabis both for medical and recreational use, it’s clear marijuana’s time has come.

The jury is no longer out. States have been weighing in. And the answer has been a resounding : “Yes”.


NEW migraine relief!

August 19, 2022
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“Migraines are debilitating, and they can be quite difficult to treat. But patients shouldn’t lose hope,” Dr. Ozudogru said.

When she sees a new patient with migraines, she reassures them: “I’m not going to give up,” she says.

“We’ll keep trying.”

And today, there are more treatment options than ever to choose from…


Can you get seizures after vaping?

August 3, 2022
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Reports of people who have seizures after vaping have raised serious questions about the safety of electronic cigarettes, which have grown in popularity in recent years.


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TNS vs. VNS — NO SURGERY!

July 11, 2022
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The first Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS) was implanted in 1988, as a therapeutic option for medically intractable epilepsy, when elective epilepsy surgery was not appropriate.

As the number of implanted vagus nerve stimulators grows, so does the need to remove or revise the devices.

Which is a little tricky, because of the spiral stimulating electrodes, wrapped around the nerve.

Especially if the VNS treatment has proven ineffective.

And of course, what goes in, must come out.

Anyway you look at it, there’s more surgery involved.


The scandal of aspartame…

June 29, 2022
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You probably already know that aspartame is a no-no. But just in case you weren’t sure why, here are the reasons and the scandal…

For 16 years, the FDA refused to approve aspartame.

The FDA’s own toxicologist told Congress that: “Without a shadow of a doubt, aspartame can cause brain tumors and brain cancer and violated the Delaney Amendment, which forbids putting anything in food that is known to cause cancer.” — FDA Toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross


Xcopri provides long-term seizure control in patients with focal epilepsy

June 26, 2022
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Long-term use of Xcopri was safe and reduced seizures by more than 90% in adults with uncontrolled focal seizures, according to results of an open-label extension study published in Neurology.


Brand-Name Epilepsy Drug Prices Jumped 277% Over 11-Year Period

June 17, 2022
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“Compared with 2008, costs for brand-name anti seizure meds (ASMs), rose from approximately $2,800 to $10,700 per year in 2018, while costs for generic brand ASMs dropped $800 to $460. As a result, many generic ASMs cost about 10 times less than their brand-name counterparts…”


Suicide and epilepsy…

June 14, 2022
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We are in a mental health crisis in this community. And not enough is being done to avert it.

According to a peer-reviewed journal article from Epilepsy and Behavior, statistics concluded that people with epilepsy are 22 times more likely to commit suicide than the general population.


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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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