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BIG Pharma’s Outsized Profits

October 18, 2021
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Just how profitable is the pharmaceutical industry?

A study indicates that the profits gained by drug developers outpaced those of other publicly-traded companies by a wide margin over an 18-year period.

Merck & Co., long a standard bearer for the U.S. pharmaceutical industry, earned $10 billion in profits last year. Pfizer, its larger peer, booked even more: $16 billion.


Hospitals Criticized For Keeping Quiet On Charity Care…

October 10, 2021
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“Too many nonprofit hospitals fail to adequately publicize their charity-care programs, two advocacy groups say in a survey report…”


A ‘Pacemaker’ for the Brain…Reducing Seizures by as Much as 50%…and Depression up to 30%

October 7, 2021
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Some people know Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) as a treatment for epilepsy, reducing seizures by as much as 50 percent.

It’s designed for the considerable number of patients suffering from medically refractory epilepsy who are not candidates for for resective brain surgery.

This tiny pacemaker-like device, is implanted in the brain to deliver a small amount of electricity when it detects the onset of a seizure.

But, what most people DON’T know know is that Deep Brain Stimulation, can help depression by up to 30 per cent.


What Is the FDA Thinking?

October 2, 2021
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Getting the FDA to retract a decision is like getting the toothpaste back into the tube, once it’s been squeezed out.

Take the current all-star Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab. It’s not a proven but it IS approved. To the hefty price tag of $56,000 a year!


Blood Tests May Help Diagnose Epilepsy

September 5, 2021
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A recent study shows that a simple blood test can determine whether or not someone has had an epileptic seizure.


2021-2022 Top-Ranked Hospitals for Neurology & Neurosurgery

July 28, 2021
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The U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of hospitals is considered the pre-eminent source for excellence.

The top-ranking hospitals for 2021-2022 are listed below.


Depressing news about popular painkillers

July 19, 2021
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If you thought you were depressed before, wait till you finish this paragraph.

Researchers say popular painkillers could block the effects of antidepressants like Celexa, Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac or Lexapro…


$112 billion new Alzheimer’s drug in question

July 13, 2021
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Getting the FDA to retract a decision is like getting the toothpaste back in the tub, after it’s been squeezed out…

Whether it’s “yes” or “no,” there is no “maybe so”.

A good example is the new all star Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab.


Epilepsy Without Vaccinations — The Risks

July 11, 2021
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I started this article assured that vaccinations of children with epilepsy was a definite no-no.

And boy, was I surprised.

Basically, medical research has proved me wrong. Real wrong. Including COVID-19 vaccinations.


Headaches and Seizures: Can You Prevent Getting Them?

June 13, 2021
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From RSC Diagnostics, an article for anyone who may have one of the four types of epilepsy headaches:

Headaches can happen before or after a seizure, even acting as a warning sign that a seizure is coming on.

This article examines the four types of headaches that are associated with epilepsy.

And even more importantly, possible treatment options.

http://www.rscdiagnosticservices.com/blog/headaches-and-seizures-can-you-prevent-getting-them

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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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