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Is Epilepsy Inherited?

April 23, 2017
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Just because you have a parent, sibling, cousin or aunt who has epilepsy doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have it also.

In fact, if you have a close relative with epilepsy, the chance of you having epilepsy is only about 2-5%, depending on the specific type of epilepsy.

The risk in the general population is about 1-2%.


28 New Epilepsy Medicines In Development

April 17, 2017
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A newly-released report from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has revealed that 28 new medications are in development to treat epilepsy and seizures.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

These 28 new drugs are among nearly 420 new ground-breaking medicines in progress to treat neurological disorders.


Where’s The Funding? Epilepsy As An Orphan

April 12, 2017
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There are 200,000 new cases of epilepsy each year, and a total of more than 3 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).


Kindling — Using Seizures to End Seizures

April 3, 2017
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When you think of “kindling,” think of confusing. Controversy. Cure.

No, it’s not the little twigs for a bonfire!

But the name “kindling” was inspired by a log fire.


Brain Surgery Alternatives

March 24, 2017
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“It’s not brain surgery.” And it doesn’t have to be.

There are a host of epilepsy procedures that are minimally invasive.

For example…


Stevens-Johnson Syndrome — a danger for those on Dilantin or Lamictal

March 10, 2017
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This article is not for those with a weak stomach. Because Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is an ugly and sometimes deadly disease.

But if you are on Dilantin or Lamictal, I urge you to read this information.


Anti-Epilepsy Drugs Lose Effectiveness Over Time…

March 2, 2017
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It may be the dose prescribed…the type of epilepsy you have…even something as simple as your age or weight. But research shows that, over time, the effectiveness of your anti-epilepsy drug may decline.


Possible Causes of Epilepsy

February 15, 2017
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While there are about 40 different types of epilepsy, there are probably even more types of seizure disorders — caused by a number of internal and external events.

However, most doctors and publications agree on a number of possible or even probable reasons for these seizures. Here are just a few of them…


Exactly what IS Neuropsychology?

February 10, 2017
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I never had a clue what neuropsychology was all about. Although it sounded like a good idea.

Then a while ago, I had an assessment. (Mercifully, it was the two-hour test and not the 8-hour version.)

The neuropsychologist I went to had all the records of my last 12 years from my neurologist and it was clear he had done his homework.

The question was, did my deficit in memory come from my history of seizures, my previous concussions (one of which was only a month ago) or even age itself? (I thought to myself, geeze, I’m only 63!)

Here’s basically what happened…


Epilepsy Related Conditions

February 2, 2017
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In chronic conditions, such as epilepsy, the coexistence of more than one illness in a patient is the rule rather than the exception…

Men and women with epilepsy have a two-to five-fold increase in the occurrence of conditions, such as migraine, cerebrovascular and cardiovascular disorders, along with gastrointestinal disorders, pulmonary disorders, dementia, chronic fatigue, mood disorders, anxiety, and personality disorders.


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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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