Epilepsy Talk

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…


Clinical Trials — International Database

January 28, 2017
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There’s a whole treasure trove of clinical trials information now available as a free service of the National Institutes of Health, developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

ClinicalTrials.gov is a web-based resource that provides patients, family members, health care professionals, researchers, and the public with easy access to information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies on a wide range of diseases and conditions.

Presently, there are 131,167 studies with locations in 179 countries, including the U.S. Studies are easy to search for by topic and location.


Antidepressants and Epilepsy

April 24, 2016
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For a long time, depression was thought to be a complication of epilepsy.

“People with a history of depression have a 3 to 7 times higher risk of developing epilepsy,” said Dr. Andres Kanner, a specialist on epilepsy at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. “This kind of information is forcing us to take a second look at the interaction between depression and epilepsy.”


Why You Should AVOID Going To The Hospital… (If You Can!)

March 9, 2014
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A landmark report found that medical mistakes caused as many as 98,000 deaths and more than one million injuries a year in the United States.

That report, by the Institute of Medicine, an independent group that advises the government on health matters, led to a national movement to reduce errors and make hospital stays less hazardous to patients’ health.


Seizure Free – A Hope or a Promise?

October 23, 2012
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Is it a reality…a hope…or a promise?

Have you been there once for a visit? And then come back, to the land of falling down, shaking, quaking and blackouts.

We all know, the only thing that remains the same is change. Everything is in a state of flux. Drugs, science, our bodies, our brains. From that you can choose hopelessness. Or hope…


A Marriage Made in Heaven — The Epilepsy Foundation and epilepsy.com Unite!

October 20, 2012
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It’s official. The EFA and epilepsy.com are merging. And you can break out the wedding cake on January 1, 2013 to celebrate!

Once merged, the Epilepsy Therapy Project and the Epilepsy Foundation will focus scientific research and clinical medicine on the most important goal – new therapies, better control and a national call to action on behalf of everyone living with epilepsy…


IMPORTANT NEWS!

September 26, 2012
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IMPORTANT NEWS!

Reminder: Medicare Open Enrollment is October 15th — December 7th.

The EFA encourages everyone on Medicare to compare their benefit options and/or work with family members who are using Medicare to make the best choice for them. The following resources may be helpful to you, your local support group, or family member…


Seniors — Alzheimer’s, Epilepsy or Seizures?

March 10, 2011
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The question of whether a person has epilepsy or Alzheimer’s can be a tough one.

Take those “senior moments” — memory lapses, zoning out and other temporary confusion. These seemingly harmless incidents may actually be a sign of epilepsy. Roughly 1-2 percent of Seniors develop epilepsy — and that rate is rising.

But experts at the U.S. National Council on Aging warn that often epilepsy goes undetected in seniors…


DEEPLY DISCOUNTED DRUGS WITHOUT INSURANCE

March 18, 2010
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Believe it or not, you can save BIG bucks at the drugstore around the corner (some prescription, some generic and some of both, depending upon the pharmacy) if you just do a little homework…


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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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