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Science Daily: Glucosamine dampens the brain hyperexcitability seen in seizures or epilepsy

March 15, 2018

Researchers have found that inducing a biochemical alteration in brain proteins via the dietary supplement glucosamine was able to rapidly dampen that pathological hyperexcitability in rat and mouse models.

These results represent a potentially novel therapeutic target for the treatment of seizure disorders, and they show the need to better understand the physiology underlying these neural and brain circuit changes.

Seizure disorders — including epilepsy — are associated with pathological hyperexcitability in brain neurons.

The Scandal of Aspartame

March 4, 2018

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.  In fact, 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

Where’s The Funding? Epilepsy As An Orphan

February 27, 2018

Here are the facts, unhappy though they may be…

Epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological problem – only migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease occurs more frequently.

Its prevalence is greater than autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease combined…

SeizAlarm — Apple’s New Seizure Detector — Help is Always Just a Button Press Away

February 10, 2018

Greg Pabst and his neurologist were trying to get a handle on his adult onset epilepsy when the doctor’s mention of the newly announced Apple Watch gave Pabst an “ah-hah” moment.

The doctor was discussing tools for Pabst to chart his seizures and send alerts to emergency contacts.

“Then he said, ‘It’s only a matter of time before somebody does that for the Apple Watch,’ ” Pabst, 38, recalled.

“Then I thought maybe it should be me.”

Move Over VNS…There’s A New Guy in Town!

January 28, 2018

What if I were to say there’s a new nerve stimulation therapy that requires NO SURGERY and reduces seizures among those who are drug resistant by about 40 percent?


The difference between this experimental device and the VNS is that the skin is never penetrated and the TNS is powered by an external device about the size of a large cell phone.

2018 Top-Rated Hospitals for Neurology & Neurosurgery

January 11, 2018

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.

2018 Top-Ranked Pediatric Hospitals for Neurology & Neurosurgery

January 4, 2018
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The U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of hospitals is considered the pre-eminent source for excellence.

For the 2018 evaluations, fifty pediatric centers were ranked for serious neurological problems. 

Weird Epilepsy Triggers

November 14, 2017

Here’s a list of uncommon epilepsy triggers you may have experienced or know about. Feel free to add to this list of the weird and the unknown…

New Hope for Epilepsy Stem Cell Therapy

September 29, 2017

About stem cells: “They’ve been called magic seeds. They have the potential to cure disease, regenerate organs, and even prolong life. And they could completely alter the way we practice medicine” – Fortune Magazine

There are many exciting areas in epilepsy research. One topic of great interest is the use of stem cells to treat seizures.

Laser Surgery — Breakthrough Epilepsy Treatment!

August 7, 2017

Revolutionary laser surgery — a safer, less invasive alternative to brain surgery as we know it — has slowly been achieving success with brain tumor patients.

Instead of the more traditional craniotomy, in which a bone flap is removed from the skull, neurosurgeons are using MRI-guided laser technology to destroy lesions in hard-to-access regions of the brain.

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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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