Epilepsy Talk

The Stigma of Epilepsy

October 12, 2016

The stigma is ancient and it still remains today.

Laws in the United States and Great Britain that prohibited epileptic people to marry were just repealed in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Until the late 1970s, legislations in the United States also prevented epileptic people from entering public buildings such as restaurants, shopping centers, and theaters. [US Department of Health]

Although these laws are no longer in effect, the underlying social divisions that they have created in the past thirty years are still present today.

Hope for the Future — Gene Therapy

October 7, 2016

Gene therapy is an experimental technique that uses genes to treat or prevent disease.

In the future, this technique may allow doctors to treat a disorder by inserting a gene into a patient’s cells instead of using drugs or surgery.

Researchers are testing several approaches to gene therapy, including:

2016-2017 Top-Ranked Pediatric Hospitals for Neurology & Neurosurgery

September 29, 2016
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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 2016-2017 evaluations, 50 pediatric centers were ranked for serious neurological problems.

Here are the top-ranked centers for children with serious neurological problems, ranked in order.

2016-2017 Top-Rated Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery

September 26, 2016

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 hospitals in the U.S.

Robotic Neurosurgery — The Future is Here Today!

September 21, 2016

“It’s as if I’ve miniaturized my body and gone inside the patient.”

A science breakthrough: Robotic neurosurgery.

This minimally invasive surgery avoids traditional drilling through the skull by using miniaturized surgical instruments that fit through a series of tiny incisions.

They are mounted on three separate robotic arms — allowing the surgeon maximum range of motion and precision and less trauma to the patient.

The Staggering Costs of Epilepsy

August 27, 2016

The fact that epilepsy is expensive is no secret. The meds, medical care, the doctors’ visits, hospital bills, health costs, the injuries and finally, the lack of self-esteem.

The statistics are sobering but true…

Epilepsy results in an estimated annual cost of $15.5 billion in medical costs and lost or reduced earnings and production.

Autoimmune Epilepsy — Cause of Previously Unexplained Seizures?

August 5, 2016

Some patients with unexplained partial seizures which are medication resistant may have “autoimmune epilepsy” — epilepsy characterized by of autoimmune antibodies.

Although autoimmune epilepsy is still rare, it’s become an increasingly recognized cause of epilepsy, which might have been previously thought to be of unknown cause.

Deep Brain Stimulation — Reducing Seizures By As Much As 50%

July 21, 2016

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been called “a promising therapy for epilepsy,” as reported by the BBC.

According to the article, it’s designed for the considerable number of patients suffering from medically refractory epilepsy who are not candidates for resective brain surgery.

Keppra – A New Breakthrough

March 13, 2016

Recently, the FDA approved the very first 3D-printed medication.

3D printing has taken the world by storm, and although it may sound like science fiction, it’s here to stay.

And the pharmaceutical industry is getting in on this innovative technology.

Epilepsy Bill Of Rights

November 5, 2015

The Bill of Rights for People Living with Epilepsy was created for people living with epilepsy by people living with epilepsy and was spearheaded by The Epilepsy Foundation in conjunction with many concerned contributors.

If you don’t know about these rights, please read on…

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    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I've 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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