Epilepsy Talk

Epilepsy & Migraines — Kissing Cousins

April 27, 2017
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A strong relationship between migraines and epilepsy has long been suspected.

But now it is fact, according to extensive research cited by Steven Karceski, MD in Practical Neurology Magazine.


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%.


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.


For those of you who have been wondering…

June 8, 2016
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What is epilepsytalk.com and who is that masked lady behind it?

Epilepsytalk.com is a website that I created after 35 years of being a copywriter. And decades of having epilepsy myself.


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Epilepsy

April 19, 2014
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What was once known as “shell shock” is now called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. (PTSD).

PTSD affects about 7.7 million American adults, and while it’s impossible to predict who will develop PTSD in response to trauma, there are certain risk factors that increase your vulnerability.

Of course, the first thought is of veterans. But anyone can get PTSD at any age.

Going through trauma is not rare. About 6 out of every 10 (or 60%) of men and 5 of every 10 (or 50%) of women experience at least one trauma in their lives.


Schizophrenia and Epilepsy — The Connection

September 20, 2013
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There’s always been a suspicion of the possible ties between epilepsy and schizophrenia.

But now, research has shown that schizophrenia and epilepsy are linked in both directions.


The Gamma Knife — Non Invasive Surgery

September 12, 2012
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Neurosurgeons continue to explore the less invasive Gamma Knife radiosurgery for elimination of temporal lobe abnormalities and brain lesions.

The Gamma Knife itself has been around for quite a while, so there’s a history of its use. But its application specifically for this form of epilepsy hasn’t really been done before. Therefore, the purpose of recent research was to see if the advantages of this minimally invasive tool could provide an alternative to standard surgery…


The Great Debate — Medical Marijuana

July 3, 2012
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Even though the cannabis plant has a long history of medicinal use, with evidence dating back to 2,737 BCE, it’s still a subject of hot controversy.
It appears to be a standing battle between politics and science.
The legality requires proof of medical marijuana’s effectiveness.
Reports of success are anecdotal.
Yet there are no funds for clinical trials and it remains on a back burner for further NIH funding and research.
(Wow. What a surprise!)


The Sacred Disease. A Movie You Can Not Afford to Miss…

November 28, 2010
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The Sacred Disease is a movie you can not afford to miss…

Motivated by lack of funding and awareness for epilepsy, this film covers the full spectrum of what it’s like to live with this neurological condition by following the lives of three individuals. The Sacred Disease displays an intimate portrayal of the complexities and daily difficulties faced by people with epilepsy.


“Accelerating Research in the Epilepsies.”

February 6, 2010
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CURE announces a groundbreaking new focus on funding and collaboration in epilepsy research.


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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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