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Seizures By Drivers Rare But Dangerous Says Boca Raton Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

To be safe a driver you must be fully alert and capable of mentally and physically functioning so there’s no danger posed to the driver, passengers and others on the road. Drivers who suffer seizures behind the wheel can cause car accidents that result in serious injuries or deaths. Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne says those who suffer seizures shouldn’t drive. The chances of being struck by a driver suffering a seizure is low. An article in the journal Neurology states that based on certificates of drivers who died in car crashes from 1995 to 1997 very few people suffer seizures before fatal accidents. Of the roughly 44,027 drivers being killed annually in this time frame only 86 of the death certificates (or 0.2%) listed seizures or epilepsy as a contributing factor.

Auras may not protect epileptic drivers

A new Yale co-authored study suggests that experiencing warning signs before seizures may not contribute to an epileptic individual’s driving safety. Yale researchers found that people with uncontrolled seizures who experienced “auras”- — reliable warning signs before a seizure — had motor vehicle accidents just as often as those who did not have auras. The findings, published in September in the journal Epilepsia, have implications for legislation in states where auras are used to gauge whether someone with epilepsy can drive safely.

Are you farther than 1 hour from a Stroke Center?

One-third of US population can’t be transported by ambulance to stroke center within one hour One-third of the US population does not have access to a primary stroke center within one hour by ambulance, and even under optimal conditions, a large proportion of the US would be unable to access a stroke center within this window, according to a new study published in the March 4, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the country. “Research has shown that specialized stroke care has the potential to reduce death and disability,” said study author Michael T. Mullen, MD, with the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a member of ...

DRIVING: Epilepsy and Driving Regulations Explored in Three Studies at AES Annual Meeting

Newswise — SEATTLE, December 7, 2014 – People with epilepsy often struggle with limited independence due to state and federal driving restrictions. Three studies to be presented at the American Epilepsy Society’s (AES) 68th Annual Meeting analyze potential factors that impair driving in people with epilepsy and in people who experience “seizure-like” non-epileptic events. The first of three studies (Platform Session A.02) evaluates factors that could potentially impair driving and cause motor vehicle accidents in people with medically refractory epilepsy. Using a Multicenter Epilepsy Surgery database, researchers at Yale Medical School identified 533 people with epilepsy who shared similar demographic and clinical features. The patient population primarily had localization related epilepsy...

Epileptic fit (sic) leads to school tragedy!

A former school director suffered an epileptic fit (sic) while driving and his car ran into a group of young students, killing four of them and injuring 10 others in Muang district of Nong Bua Lamphu province on Wednesday morning.  Pol Lt Col Kittipol Somsith, an investigator at Muang district police station, said the accident occurred at about 9.25am. Bualam Ngobudda, 57, a former director of Ban Wang Nam Khao School in Muang district, was driving his Pajero when he had a sudden seizure, causing him to lose control of the vehicle.

Bicycling advocate, ASL interpreter pedals past epilepsy to speak for others

On a normal day, you are peddling your bike down a heat-warped road. The next thing you know, you wake up, lying on the sidewalk. You look over and see your bike in the right lane of traffic. A man who saw what happened pulls over to make sure everything is OK. You are scraped up but manage to hop back on the bike and ride away. It was just another tonic-clonic seizure. Scratch “normal,” because any day in the life of 37-year-old Haley Ritter is anything but. She has dealt with epilepsy her whole life. Every day she has to carefully choose how her time, energy and resources are used. Living with this condition has not stopped Ritter from making a conscious decision to live with purpose and incorporate her passions into everyday life. Seven years ago, Ritter started attending every city of ...

NEUROLOGY: Deep brain stimulation may have beneficial effect on driving ability for Parkinson’s disease patients

Deep brain stimulation may have a beneficial effect on driving ability for people with Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study published in the December 18, 2013, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Deep brain stimulation uses a surgical implant similar to a pacemaker to send electrical impulses to the brain. “Up until now, we weren’t sure how deep brain stimulation would affect driving,” said study author Carsten Buhmann, MD, of University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Hamburg, Germany. “On the one hand, it might enhance driving ability by improving the motor problems which occur with Parkinson’s disease, but on the other hand, it might hamper driving because it potentially causes a decline i...

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