Epilepsy Talk

Anti-Epilepsy Drugs and Osteoporosis – It’s Not Just a Women’s Disease

May 6, 2018
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A research team consisting of epilepsy specialists and epidemiologists (persons who study the causes and control of diseases) reports on a study that answered an important but simple question:

Do anti-seizure drugs cause reductions in bone density?

Why ask this question?


The Deadly Drug Shortage — An Escalating Crisis

February 28, 2016
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It’s not just “what if”. The drug shortage has become so severe that you can even go to an index to find your drug and its probable shortage.

Even the US Library of Medicine has cited the continuing “Drug Shortage Crisis in the United States”.

The New York Times talks about “Drug Shortages Forcing Hard Decisions on Rationing Treatments.”

Fortune Magazines has the headline: “The U.S. has a drug shortage — and people are dying.”

And the Wall Street Journal cites “U.S. Drug Shortages Frustrate Doctors, Patients.”


The Alarming Drug Shortage — A Continuing Crisis

December 11, 2012
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The drug shortages that have been plaguing the U.S. show no signs of going away anytime soon.

The problem peaked in 2011, when a record 251 drugs were declared in short supply. This year, slightly more than 100 were placed on the list, and workers say the battle to keep pharmacy shelves stocked continues…


Perampanel — New Hope For Those With Uncontrollable Seizures

November 6, 2012
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On October 24, 2012 the FDA approved Perampanel as an adjunct treatment for refractory partial-onset seizures in patients with epilepsy aged 12 years and older. A step forward for us all. Here’s why…


Protect Your Access to Natural Supplements!

July 14, 2011
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The Dietary Supplement Labeling Act pretends to be consumer-oriented, but instead will give the FDA redundant power that it could easily misuse, restricting your access to supplements and raising the cost of buying them.

In short, nutritional supplements will be regulated like prescription drugs…


Dilantin – Hero or Horror?

October 6, 2010
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Dilantin (Phenytoin) can be considered the grandfather of all epilepsy medications. Although it was invented in 1908 as a chemical that could prevent convulsions during electroshock treatment, its popularity grew quickly, and as early as 1940, it was hailed as initiating a whole new epoch of anti-epilepsy drugs, motivating researchers to seek even more effective medications and pharmaceutical companies set up aggressive screening programs.


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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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