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Mid-Buchanan School faces discrimination lawsuit of student with epilepsy being bullied

  A lawsuit against the Mid-Buchanan R-V School District alleging bullying of a student is set to go to trial in 2019.   Filed by the mother of a former elementary school student, the complaint alleges the student was bullied and harassed by a school principal and resource office over the course of the 2015-16 school year.  

HOW TO BE A “FRIEND” TO SOMEONE WITH A CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITION

Living with a serious health condition like epilepsy can have a mental and emotional impact. For that person, and a caregiver, staying positive may be very difficult but is an important part in the overall health plan.   As a friend or caregiver here are a few tips:   Help them stay positive and motivated by showing your support Many people living with a chronic disease feelings of helplessness, anxiety or depression. These feelings may make it harder for them to find the motivation to be proactive about managing their condition. You can give them a boost when they’re feeling down, help them develop an action plan, maybe you can help them do something they enjoy so they don’t feel so alone.   Don’t allow them to be a shut-in When someone feels down often they want to be alon...

Left brain vs. right brain: Fact and fiction

The two hemispheres or sides of the brain — the left and the right — have slightly different jobs. But can one side be dominant and does this affect personality?   Some people believe that a person is either left-brained or right-brained and that this determines the way they think and behave.   In this article, we explore the truth and fallacy behind this claim. Read on to learn more about the functions and characteristics of the left and right brain.

Infant’s scores on Apgar scale can predict risk of cerebral palsy or epilepsy

An infant’s scores on the so-called Apgar scale can predict the risk of a later diagnosis of cerebral palsy or epilepsy. The risk rises with decreasing Apgar score, but even slightly lowered scores can be linked to a higher risk of these diagnoses, according to an extensive observational study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in the esteemed journal The BMJ.

Cannabis: Brain alterations may explain feelings of alienation

New research has revealed altered brain activity in young adults with cannabis addiction. The findings suggest a mechanism that may explain why the risk of depression and other mental health issues is higher among those who use the drug. Heavy cannabis use may lead to changes in brain function, suggests a new study.

Duchenne May Affect the Brain Too, Study Contends

Researchers have found that Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients usually have simultaneous neurological disorders or abnormalities, including epilepsy.   Particularly, those who had epilepsy also had the neurodevelopmental condition attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or the neuropsychiatric conditions obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety or sleep disorders.

No Improvement Seen in Treatment Outcomes among Patients with Newly Diagnosed Epilepsy Despite Newer AEDs, Study Finds

This study shows the need for more research into epilepsy!  As the 3rd most common neurological disease it gets a very small percentage or research dollars.  We all need to work with our elected officials to get $.  EpilepsyU   The treatment outcomes of patients with newly diagnosed epilepsy treated at a single center did not change over 30 years, despite a major influx of new antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) during that time, according to a study published online on December 26 in JAMA Neurology. More than a dozen new AEDs with a range of mechanisms of action have been introduced over the past two decades, resulting in a dramatic expansion in treatment options for patients with epilepsy. But long-term seizure control and other key outcomes as a result of the new AEDs have not been examined...

In the grip of a drugs crisis – Including Epilepsy Medications

Thousands of people are addicted to a range of drugs originally licensed to treat epilepsy and nerve pain, a Devon doctor warns. Drugs such as gabapentin and pregablin are being prescribed for conditions ranging from anxiety to all sorts of chronic pain, Richard Byng, professor in primary care research at Plymouth University and a General Practitioner (GP) in the city, said.   He is calling for pharmacists, doctors and patients’ groups to work together to reduce the number of prescriptions issued.

When do I tell my children I have epilepsy?

you know what a grand mal seizure is? I found out when I was eight years old. I also found out how it felt after having one…a mouth being full of swollen tongue, the taste of blood, and the feeling of being underwater with a throbbing headache. As with most epileptics, doctors have no idea why I have it or what caused it. Mine is not genetic; it may have resulted from one of the many times I thwacked my head as a kid. I liked to hang upside-down on the monkey bars a lot. No surprise that my stampeding hippo brand of grace emerged early, and that I frequently fell from exactly that upside-down position.

National and State Estimates of the Numbers of Adults and Children with Active Epilepsy — United States, 2015

Epilepsy, a brain disorder leading to recurring seizures, has garnered increased public health focus because persons with epilepsy experience pronounced and persistent health and socioeconomic disparities despite treatment advances, public awareness programs, and expanded rights for persons with disabilities (1,2). For almost all states, epilepsy prevalence estimates do not exist. CDC used national data sources including the 2015 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) for adults (aged ≥18 years), the 2011–2012 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), and the 2015 Current Population Survey data, describing 2014 income levels, to estimate prevalent cases of active epilepsy, overall and by state, to provide information for state public health planning. In 2015, 1.2% of the U.S. populatio...

It was all yellow: did digitalis affect the way Van Gogh saw the world?

Extracted from foxgloves, digitalis was once used as a treatment for epilepsy. Could a side effect have triggered the artist’s “yellow period”? It was recently the 127th anniversary of the tragic death of Vincent van Gogh. His short life came to an untimely end two days after he shot himself in the chest; he had experienced mental health issues through much of his life. In the absence of a definitive diagnosis, speculation as to the true nature of his illness fills volumes.

This Is What It’s Really Like to Have Epilepsy

Epilepsy nearly took Emily Borghard’s life before she was diagnosed—she’s not only learned to live with the condition, but thrive as well. For Emily Borghard, 28, life growing up on a farm in upstate New York was filled with carefree activities in her close-knit community. Volunteer work with local soccer programs took up much of her time, and when her first seizure hit, she was a senior in high school applying for college admission miles away from home. Epilepsy causes seizures as a result of unusual electrical activity in the brain, usually due to brain injury though often it has no identifiable cause. “My first seizure occurred during a car accident. I was going home after a sleepover with my friends and I drove right off the road into a creek. I live in such a small town th...

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