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Epilepsy and memory…

November 5, 2022
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To say that lack of memory is a major worry for those of us with epilepsy is hardly a surprise.

In fact, it’s the number one concern.


Top Seizure Apps For Smartphones… 

October 26, 2022
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Smart phone apps for epilepsy have been studied with the results published in the International Journal of Epilepsy

Led by Dr. Lakshmi Narasimhan Ranganathan from the Institute of Neurology, Madras Medical College (Madras, India), researchers surveyed the mobile applications available for the everyday care of epilepsy patients.

Those apps include seizure diaries as well as medication trackers with reminders to take the next pill.

Apps are available to answer any question patients with epilepsy might have and to remind doctors about drug interactions to watch out for.

Most of them are free of charge.


Seizures and Steroids – A Hidden Solution 

August 27, 2022
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I always thought that steroids were the kind used by athletes and bodybuilders to pump up their performance.

Yes, they do exist and, yes they are quite dangerous, but those aren’t the kind of steroids this article is about.


What’s really in your meds?

July 5, 2022
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As Americans become more concerned about quality issues with prescription medications made abroad, one company is trying to offer an additional layer of reassurance — by doing chemical analysis before dispensing drugs to patients.


Prescription switching. Do you know what you’re REALLY getting?

January 27, 2022
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How many times have you had a prescription switched without your knowledge or permission?

Not just switched to a generic version of the prescribed drug, but to a different drug altogether.

Yet the practice of swapping out medications is perfectly legal in most states.


$112 billion new Alzheimer’s drug in question

July 13, 2021
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Getting the FDA to retract a decision is like getting the toothpaste back in the tub, after it’s been squeezed out…

Whether it’s “yes” or “no,” there is no “maybe so”.

A good example is the new all star Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab.


Epilepsy Generics: Yes, No or Maybe So?

June 24, 2021
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Almost everybody considers generic drugs a no-brainer. You get significant savings without any (noticeable) change in your treatment.

But they’re not epileptic. And they don’t walk the tightrope of a delicate neurological balance.


Combined Meds — What They Are Doing to Your Body

April 9, 2021
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For many of us, monotherapy just doesn’t work.

However adjunct therapy has its dangers.

And both treatments carry their own interactive risks – even with things as innocent as aspirin.


Can I Substitute Generic Drugs for My Anti-Seizure Medications?

July 24, 2020
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The controversy about generic drugs continues…


Seizures…Memory…Depression. YES, They Are Linked!

May 13, 2020
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At least one third of people with epilepsy also have depression.

Epilepsy can have different effects on memory functions and depression for various reasons.

Because the portion of the brain where memory and emotions are stored — the limbic system — can be disturbed by epileptic seizures.

In fact, memory problems are one of the most reported problems that coincide with epilepsy.


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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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