Epilepsy Talk

Violence and Epilepsy

September 10, 2020
31 Comments

No question about it. Epilepsy’s been the victim of bad press since ancient Greece. There, it was sometimes called the “Herculean Disease” because Hercules was thought to have murdered his family in a fit of uncontrollable rage.

Two thousand years later, Michael Crichton wrote in The Terminal Man, “Epileptics are predisposed to violent, aggressive behavior during their attacks.”

Which didn’t exactly help.


Where’s The Funding? Epilepsy As An Orphan

August 19, 2020
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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.

As many people die from epilepsy as from breast cancer.

There are 150,000 new cases of epilepsy diagnosed each year, and a total of more than 2 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).


Will that antidepressant work for you?

July 26, 2020
11 Comments

The answer may be in your brain waves.

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


Who’s Profiting From Your Outrageous Medical Bills?

July 19, 2020
20 Comments

This is from the NEW York Times, February 14, 2020.

It speaks of the secret methods of billing. Who pays and who does not. (A precious few.)


Stimulus Cash Payments May Take Up To 20 Weeks To Reach Some Americans

April 3, 2020
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People who do not have direct deposit information on file with the Internal Revenue Service may have to wait up to 20 weeks to receive cash payments included in the $2 trillion coronavirus relief legislation, according to a memo drafted by House Democrats.


Social Security recipients who don’t usually file tax returns will automatically get $1,200 payments, Treasury says in reversal

April 2, 2020
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The Treasury announced late Wednesday that Social Security beneficiaries who typically do not file a tax return will automatically get the $1,200 payment.


Check IRS.gov For The Latest Information – No Action Needed By Most People At This Time

April 1, 2020
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Washington – The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service

today announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin

in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, 

with no action required.

for most people. However,

some seniors and

others who typically do not file returns will need

to submit a simple tax return to receive the

stimulus payment.

Who is eligible for the economic
impact payment?


Coronavirus (COVID-19) — How To Get Instant Care

March 30, 2020
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You wake up and you’re feeling crummy. You have a fever. You may be coughing. But because of the Coronavirus, your physician isn’t available. You panic. In most states, you cannot even be tested for COVID-19.

It takes between 2 and 14 days for a newly infected person to start showing symptoms.

After symptoms begin to show, it can take more than a week for them to be eligible for testing (many people are not eligible at all).

And then, thanks to backlogs in testing availability, it can take days for them to learn they tested positive.

Maybe you should go to Urgent Care. But they’re so overloaded, they might turn you away.

Emergency rooms won’t accept you unless you’re have a very high temperature and having trouble breathing.

That’s when they will take you and put you on a ventilator. But what happens in between? Panic or medical care from an unexpected source?


What’s Really In Your Meds?

March 10, 2020
22 Comments

“As Americans become more concerned about quality issues with prescription medications made abroad, one company is trying to offer an additional layer of reassurance — by doing chemical analysis before dispensing drugs to patients…”


Here’s The Difference Between Coronavirus And Flu Symptoms

March 9, 2020
2 Comments

There may be an epidemic of the Cornovirus, but there seems to be a pandemic of panic.

COVID-19 and the flu present in similar ways. This is how you can tell them apart.


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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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