Epilepsy

Families Respond to Chief Coroner’s Epilepsy Death Results

“My first response was ‘absolute shock’,” Michelle Towns told Newshub. In December 2019, her son Andre Maddock died of an epileptic seizure. He had recently changed anticonvulsant medication. A change in Pharmac’s funding has forced nearly 11,000 epileptic patients to change their brand of anti-epileptic drug Lamotrigine from Lamictal or …

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Safe Schools Act Passed By Nebraska Legislature

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, LB 639, the Safe Schools Crisis Act, will be in place across Nebraska. The new bill focuses on training educators in crisis detection and response. The CDC reports that out of 1,000 children, it’s likely six of them have epilepsy …

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Family affected by epilepsy seeks community help

CHESTER COUNTY, Tennessee – A family affected by epilepsy is looking for solutions. “You don’t know how long it takes 30 seconds before your child has a seizure,” said Katie Newsom, mother of two-year-old Anistyn Newsom. Anistyn Newsom started having seizures in January. After a series of tests and trips …

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5 ways stress and depression can affect epilepsy

Patients’ conditions can dramatically affect their quality of life in several ways. Healthcare professionals should be aware of how these conditions can affect the mental health of patients. Epilepsy, in part due to the nature and effects of recurrent seizures, can cause psychiatric co-morbidities. Major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, …

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New research could lead to better treatment for epilepsy

Scientists have found that the way neurons are connected in regions of the brain may be a better indicator of disease progression and treatment results for people with brain disorders such as epilepsy. Many brain diseases lead to cell death and the breakdown of connections within the brain. In a …

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