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Marijuana has won…

April 17, 2021
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In the span of two decades, marijuana legalization has gone from a fringe issue to one the vast majority of Americans embrace.

In 2000, just 31 percent of the country backed legalization while 64 percent opposed it, according to Gallup’s public surveys.

By 2020, the numbers flipped: The most recent Gallup poll on the topic showed that 68 percent supported legalization and 32 percent were against it.


Is it a headache, an aura, a migraine, a seizure, or perhaps ALL four!

April 12, 2021
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If you’ve had migraines with an aura that triggered an epileptic seizure, you might have experienced migraine-induced epilepsy.

Another name for this phenomenon is migralepsy…


What to Know About Telemedicine for Epilepsy…

April 3, 2021
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With telemedicine, programs can be designed to enhance patient involvement.

What’s more, telemedicine can be an important factor in follow-up care, and reducing costs!

It can address urgent questions, advise on drug-related adverse effects, and sort out other concerns for optimum remote epilepsy management.

For an excellent article about telemedicine, go to the link below:


Medical Marijuana — It’s Here to Stay…

March 27, 2021
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Let’s face it. The time has come.

Even the FDA has opened its eyes with new clinical trials.

Although the AMA chooses to keep their heads in the sand. For now.

It used to be popular to debate the merits and dangers of medical marijuana.

For example, it could lead to addiction. Like cocaine. (Oh please!)

But now, there’s clinically proven scientific proof, with more to come…


A simple blood test to reveal seizures?

March 18, 2021
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A recent study by Doctors at Stanford University, California reveal that a simple blood test can determine whether or not someone has had an epileptic seizure.

The blood test which must be used within 10 to 20 minutes after a seizure, can identify generalized tonic-clonic seizures and complex partial seizures in both adults and older children…


“Vaccine Angels” Make it Easier to Find COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments

March 2, 2021
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They’re here…they’re there…they’re nowhere.

Anyone stay up to till midnight trying to get a slot on the Rite Aid spot?

Arthur has three times. Yes, hope springs eternal.

Here’s how it works:

Applications for the next day begin at midnight. So, at the opening gong, you get on the phone.

Eureka! there’s a spot available. Fill out the necessary information. Submit it. The slot is gone.

Try tomorrow night sucker.


Brave New Cures for the Future — Epilepsy and Neuroengineering

February 8, 2021
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It’s only recently that Neuroengineering first appeared.

Neuroengineering is a discipline at the frontier between neuroscience and engineering.

It encompasses experimental, computational, theoretical, clinical and applied aspects of research areas at the molecular, cellular and systems levels.

The emergence of this new field focuses on a multi-science combination of engineers, neuroscientists and clinicians using their combined knowledge and talent, working co-operatively to address the complexity of the brain and nervous system.


Epileptic Synesthesia: What Is It?

January 17, 2021
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A friend of mine with TLE, told me he had synesthesia and I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about. And so, I set to find out exactly what this mysterious sounding condition was…

First of all, Epileptic Synesthesia is pretty rare.

It occurs in 4% of temporal lobe seizures and is theoretically caused by the actual electric discharge or abnormal stimulation of the brain in a seizure.

Sight, sound, touch, taste (and, much less often, your sense of smell) sensations can occur simultaneously and also involve involuntary movement.

An example is the sensation of flashing lights, a taste, a feeling of heat rising, and a high-pitched whine.

Here are three other (rather alarming) examples:


2021 Top-Ranked Pediatric Hospitals for Neurology & Neurosurgery

January 13, 2021
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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 2021 evaluations, fifty pediatric centers were ranked for their ability to deal with serious neurological problems. Included were epilepsy, head trauma and brain tumors.


2021 Top-Rated Hospitals for Neurology & Neurosurgery

January 7, 2021
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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.


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    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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