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Seizure- or Epilepsy-Related Emergency Department Visits Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, 2019–2021

Seizure- or Epilepsy-Related Emergency Department Visits Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, 2019–2021

Summary What is already known about this topic? Seizures or epilepsy account for 1% of annual emergency department (ED) visits. Data on seizure- or epilepsy-related ED visits during the COVID-19 pandemic are limited. What is added by this report? Weekly seizure- or epilepsy-related ED visits decreased sharply during the early pandemic period among all age […]

Physician volunteers work to improve epilepsy care in El Salvador

Physician volunteers work to improve epilepsy care in El Salvador

ILAE (International League Against Epilepsy) talked with Ovidio Solano Cabrera, head of the Epilepsy Clinic in the Neurology Service at the Social Security Institute, San Salvador, and second vice president of the El Salvador chapter of ILAE. Newswise — Though El Salvador is one of the smallest countries in Latin America, it is densely populated, home […]

What Is Dravet Syndrome?

What Is Dravet Syndrome?

Dravet syndrome (also known as severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy) is a type of epilepsy characterized by episodes of prolonged seizures that begin in the first year of life. It is a rare condition that affects one in 20,000 to 40,000 people worldwide. What causes Dravet syndrome? Dravet syndrome is a genetic condition. In around 80%–90% of patients, the disease […]

I’m epileptic. So what?

I’m epileptic. So what?

How isolation can metamorphosize into growth and confidence   WARNING: This column may contain material that is sensitive to some readers.   The first thing I remember my mother telling me about my condition is, “You don’t have a disability, you have an ability.” Until recently, I never fully understood how my perceived “weakness” is actually […]

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