Navigating Epilepsy: The Road Ahead

Issues in women with epilepsy..

Issues in women with epilepsy..

For this month, we will be focusing on specific issues that women with epilepsy can face. There are no differences between men and women if one were to look at the risk for recurrent seizures, or the likelihood for relief from seizures with medication. However, there are differences as far as seizures are concerned between men and women, and this is because of sex hormones namely estrogen and...

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American Epilepsy Society meeting coming up!

American Epilepsy Society meeting coming up!

The American Epilepsy Society (AES) is hosting its annual meeting – the 68th Annual meeting – at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. The meeting will be held from December 5-9, 2014 and is expected to be attended by more than 5000 experts in the field of epilepsy and seizure-related disorders. What makes annual AES meetings unique is that it is attended by neurologists,...

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Safety issues in people with epilepsy

Safety issues in people with epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by spontaneous recurrent seizures and is managed by drugs known as anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs). These drugs work reasonably well in two-thirds of the patient population, but the rest of the population does not respond to AEDs (these people are called ‘refractory’ or resistant to AEDs). All patients with epilepsy need to make themselves aware...

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PURPLE DAY!

PURPLE DAY!

Here is a post from a year ago that can tell us all about Purple Day, a great event coming up this month!   WHAT IS PURPLE DAY? With so many “awareness day”s in our calendars I thought it may be a good idea to take a little time and provide the history and background for PURPLE DAY on March 26th. It is great to see what one person’s efforts can create on a global scale! We hope you...

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Groundhog Day!

Groundhog Day!

Most of us know Groundhog Day as the event that determines how long we will have to continue to “suffer through” the winter before we are able to see the spring. But I am sure that there are a number of you who are aware of the classic 1993 movie Groundhog Day, where Bill Murray is forced to relive the same day over and over. I mention this because I was working with a client who came to see...

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

As we embark upon 2016 I think that it is quite common to spend some time thinking about goals for the future and achievements from the past. Unfortunately, I also think that it is common to spend a good amount of time being critical of what we may or not have accomplished. I say we do away with the latter! For most people living with epilepsy each day is a bit more complicated then it may be for...

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“THE HOLIDAYS”

“THE HOLIDAYS”

For some the thought of THE HOLIDAYS reminds of them of fond childhood memories and a sense of family and connection. Some look forward to the hustle and bustle of it all and find it to be a very positive time of year full of warmth and love. The describe it as time to reconnect and reflect upon the year and all the great things that have happened. For others, THE HOLIDAYS can represent a time of...

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Article published in 2015 in Epilepsy and Behavior Journal indicates troubling conditions for Hispanic immigrants to the US diagnosed with epilepsy

Article published in 2015 in Epilepsy and Behavior Journal indicates troubling conditions for Hispanic immigrants to the US diagnosed with epilepsy

It is estimated that the Hispanic population in the US is approximately at 52 million which translates to about 16.7% of the total US population. This is the first study that examined Hispanic patients diagnosed with epilepsy compared to their English-speaking, US born peers.  Thirty-eight Spanish-speaking immigrants with epilepsy were compared to 47 US-born, English-speaking epilepsy...

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Recipe for Thanksgiving!

Recipe for Thanksgiving!

As I was reflecting upon the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and ways in which we can be thankful I immediately thought of gratitude and the importance of gratitude in our daily lives. Research has shown that the gratitude can help increase optimism, happiness and general satisfaction in life. It can also help combat symptoms of depression and anxiety. Although it is not something that comes...

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Purple Pumpkin Project®

Purple Pumpkin Project®

Throughout the year we highlight samples of great advocacy in the world of epilepsy. The Purple Pumpkin Project® is yet another example. Read below for the history of how one father’s idea spurred a great movement! The Origin of the Purple Pumpkin Project® While on a drive through Connecticut one Sunday morning with his family, founder Ron Lamontagne was brainstorming ideas on how to spread...

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Caring for others also means caring for yourself!

Caring for others also means caring for yourself!

Through my work at NEREG I have come across so many dedicated and wonderful caretakers selflessly caring for loved ones living with epilepsy. I have also met many grateful patients who only wish their caretakers knew how much they were appreciated. These same patients are also very aware that their caretakers need to make themselves a priority so this month let’s focus on how we can help take...

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mindful walking….

mindful walking….

In the past I have written about the impact that mindfulness can have on one’s mood, specifically when dealing with a chronic illness. This month I decided to provide a concrete example of how almost anyone can practice mindfulness on a daily basis. As the heat of August continues to grow it may not be realistic to think that many will get out and exercise or enjoy the beauty outdoors, but...

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Seizure Dogs

Seizure Dogs

There has been a lot of research to show that pets and animals can cause a positive impact on the lives of their owners. There are also a number of health care facilities that allow therapy animals on grounds to work with their clients. Recently I was speaking with a family of a child with epilepsy who had a seizure dog. This family found that the dog was not only a great addition to their family...

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