Epilepsy

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What Can The New Minister Of Health Do About Drug Shortages?

It's difficult for those with chronic medical conditions to be dependent on prescription drugs but that becomes unbearable when they also have to worry about their drug supplies running out. There is a world wide shortage of many drugs which governments are seemingly doing little to alleviate. The current Canadian crisis is impacting those with epilepsy and many with bipolar disorder. Health Canada's response appears to be callous disregard.

Ancient Therapy Meets Modern-Day Research

Scientific research into the seizure-suppressing effects of the cannabinoids was pioneered by Karler and Turkanis at the University of Utah. Working in animals, they showed that CBD -- which doesn't make you high -- was as good as THC at suppressing seizures.
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Why We Should Empower Youth With Epilepsy Education

Last spring, I joined my daughter Journey's fifth grade class as a volunteer on her field trip. I had the pleasure of watching a classmate approach Journey who was taking photos of a museum exhibit. The classmate suggested she turn off the camera flash; he was concerned that it could trigger one of her seizures. I was overcome with pride and appreciation for the caring, supportive community we have created in partnership with the school administration.
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How I Learned to Confront My Epilepsy

It took two years after being diagnosed with epilepsy for me to reach the point where I wanted to talk about it. Two years of struggling to try and understand what the condition was and how it was going to affect my overall health. Two years of discovering the impact it would have on my everyday life. Two years of being afraid that other people's perception of me was going to be different. The difference in my case was that there were many others, beyond friends and family, who already knew I was dealing with a medical condition. They had seen me experience a seizure before anyone had figured out what it was. There were a lot of questions. I just wasn't prepared to answer them yet.

Epilepsy Ottawa: Through the Eye of a Volunteer

Can you imagine suddenly waking up in the middle of the street or at your place of work with no idea how you got there? Can you imagine losing your job or people avoiding you because they're scared of you? These are some of the experiences described to me as a volunteer Administration and Support Co-ordinator at Epilepsy Ottawa.
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Why I Speak Up About Living With Epilepsy

March is Epilepsy Awareness Month, a time when many people with epilepsy share their story to teach people about it and reach out to others with seizures. I'm glad to be telling my story, but this hasn't always been the case. This time last year, I did not want to talk about having epilepsy. I was filled with anger, frustration, and pain.
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5 Things You Need To Know About Epilepsy

We have come a long way in understanding epilepsy since the ancient Greeks' interpretation of a seizure as divine intervention. Even still, while many researchers are studying epilepsy, the public largely misunderstands the condition. Here are five things they believe people should know about epilepsy.
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Undiagnosed Epilepsy Made People Think I Was Acting Out

It starts with the sensation of a light switch being pulled violently behind my eyes. I lose cognitive control quickly. I can't focus on even a simple task, and I forget what I'm doing while I'm in the middle of doing it. I have epilepsy. As a child no one realized I had been having seizures for many years. Instead, they misread my childhood behaviour as misbehaving.
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Do All Diseases Need a "Movember" Gimmick?

Movember has made a very important contribution to men's health. But in addition to Movember, November is also Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Month. But most of us probably didn't know that; you can't grow two moustaches at once. Movember, along with a few other of the more fortunate charitable campaigns, is a behemoth. In its success, which is to be commended, Movember leaves a wake of other, less fortunate charities, patients, doctors and researchers. As this trend will inevitably continue to grow, I'm not entirely sure we should be comfortable with that.

First Epilepsy, Then Homelessness, Then Death

Warren used to be a manager of a Sporting Life. Later on, after the fits took over, we'd frequently find Warren sitting on the pavement with a gash to his forehead, or deep cuts on his fingers. These two disparate images were challenging. I wondered what Warren brought to our world; what was his journey all about?