Sexual Health and Epilepsy

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By: Natalie L. Boehm, MBA, RBLP-T What is sexual health? How does it affect people with epilepsy?  According to the World Health Organization, sexual health is defined as “a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being in relation to … Continued

Epilepsy at School

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By: Riley Young Introduction Epilepsy is the most common neurologic condition in children. Given that every child spends somuch time at school, it is important to ensure there are measures and strategies in place toensure a healthy learning environment for … Continued

Epileptic Infantile Spasms

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By: Nicholas Parekh What are infantile spasms? Infantile spasm syndrome (ISs), or more commonly West syndrome, is a rare epilepticdisorder that appears during the early stages of infancy. It is characterized by short tonic seizurescalled “spasms” that last for only … Continued

Keto Diet and Epilepsy

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By: Natalie L. Boehm, MBA, RBLP-T What is the Keto Diet? According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the keto diet is a high fat, moderate protein, low carbohydrate eating pattern which differs from the general, healthful eating recommendations. … Continued

ADHD and Epilepsy

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By: Annemarie DeChellis While multiple psychiatric and neurobehavioral disorders occur alongside epilepsy, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) occurs at the highest rate. About 30 to 40% of children with epilepsy have ADHD compared to the 7 to 9% of children from … Continued

Tonic Seizures

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By: Aliana Gordon What are Tonic Seizures? Tonic seizures are categorized by the short-lived stiffening of the muscles in the body in the arms, legs, or trunk with the loss of consciousness. Muscle tension is increased while the seizure occurs. … Continued

Meet the Contributors: Dr. Ian Bone

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By: Annemarie DeChellis Dr. Ian Bone is a retired neurologist and the author of Sacred Lives: An account of the history, cultural associations, and social impact of epilepsy. Dr. Bone has a son who is battling epilepsy and is working … Continued

Tonic-Clonic Seizures

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By: Nicholas Parekh What is a seizure? Seizures are neurological events characterized by sudden surges of electrical activity in the brain and are common in epileptic patients. Seizures usually last one to two minutes, and seizures that last for more … Continued

Refractory Epilepsy

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By: Annemarie Dechellis What is Refractory Epilepsy? Refractory epilepsy is a type of epilepsy that is characterized by resistance to seizure medications (i.e. AEDs). Refractory epilepsy may also be referred to as drug resistant, treatment non-responder, intractable, or pharmacoresistant epilepsy,  … Continued