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  • US experts back marijuana-based drug for child seizures

    04/19/2018 6:06:40 PM PDT · by Mariner · 24 replies
    AP via KCRA (Sacramento) ^ | April 19th, 2018 | Unattributed
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A medicine made from the marijuana plant moved one step closer to U.S. approval Thursday after federal health advisers endorsed it for the treatment of severe seizures in children with epilepsy. If the Food and Drug Administration follows the group's recommendation, GW Pharmaceuticals' syrup would become the first drug derived from the cannabis plant to win federal approval in the U.S. The 13-member FDA panel voted unanimously in favor of the experimental medication made from a chemical found in cannabis - one that does not get users high. The panelists backed the drug based on three studies...
  • FBI Identifies Man Arrested Over Seizure-Inducing Tweet to Dallas Journalist Kurt Eichenwald

    03/17/2017 6:16:02 PM PDT · by Auntie Mame · 114 replies
    Dallas News ^ | March 17, 2017 | Liz Farmer and Tom Steele
    The FBI has arrested a man accused of sending Dallas reporter Kurt Eichenwald a tweet that triggered an epileptic seizure. The agency announced that John Rayne Rivello, 29, of Salisbury, Md., was arrested Friday morning in Maryland on a cyberstalking charge. Eichenwald tweeted that the man who "assaulted" him also is expected to be indicted by the Dallas district attorney on different charges in the next few days. Eichenwald's attorney, Steven Liberman, told Newsweek that "What Mr. Rivello did with his Twitter message was no different from someone sending a bomb in the mail or sending an envelope filled with...
  • Suppressive Efficacy .. Commercially Available Blue Lens on .. Epilepsy Patients (TR)

    09/12/2016 11:11:32 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 35 replies
    Epilepsia ^ | 6 March 2006 (10 Years Ago) | Dr. G. Capovilla
    Abstract Summary: Purpose: Photosensitivity can represent a serious problem in epilepsy patients, also because pharmacologic treatment is often ineffective. Nonpharmacologic treatment using blue sunglasses is effective and safe in controlling photosensitivity, but large series of patients have never been studied. Methods: This multicenter study was conducted in 12 epilepsy centers in northern, central, southern, and insular Italy. A commercially available lens, named Z1, obtained in a previous trial, was used to test consecutively enrolled pediatric and adult epilepsy patients with photosensitivity. Only type 4 photosensitivity (photoparoxysmal response, PPR) was considered in the study. A standardized method was used for photostimulation. Results:...
  • Every Doctor in America Just Noticed Something SICK About Hillary Clinton’s Glasses!

    09/12/2016 9:55:02 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 81 replies
    liberty writers news dot com ^ | 9-2016 | Danny Gold
    I need to start this story off with a personal confession. I myself suffer from the same medical condition as Hillary Clinton, epilepsy. It is because I have lived it that I can confirm that the sunglasses seen in this picture were by no means normal sunglasses. Blue lenses are frequently used to reduce the light intake of epileptics to prevent seizures. I myself used to use them frequently when I would go to concerts to stop strobe lights from triggering me. Hillary Clinton has been shown countless times to also be triggered by flashing lights. They will often result...
  • Pennsylvania Voter Registration Statistics (11/6/2012 vs. 9/5/2016); D/R/I splits

    09/12/2016 10:36:46 AM PDT · by Ravi · 15 replies
    PA sos ^ | 9/12/16 | me
    11/6/12: D-4,266,317 voters; R-3,131,144 voters; UAF-1,110,554 voters 9/5/16: D-4,094,000 voters; R-3,175,000 voters; UAF-685,390 voters
  • Blue Cross-Polarized Lenses

    09/12/2016 8:57:00 AM PDT · by PHloon · 30 replies
    A novel nonpharmacologic treatment for photosensitive epilepsy: a report of three patients tested with blue cross-polarized glasses. Kepecs MR1, Boro A, Haut S, Kepecs G, Moshé SL. Author information Abstract PURPOSE: Pharmacotherapy for photosensitive epilepsy is not always effective and is associated with well-recognized toxicities. Nonpharmacologic approaches to the management of photosensitive epilepsy have included the use of sunglasses of various types. Blue lenses have been shown to suppress the photoparoxysmal response more effectively than lenses of other colors with similar overall transmittances. Recently, cross-polarized glasses have shown promise. The axes of polarization of the two lenses of such glasses...
  • First Do No Harm -Full movie

    11/15/2015 6:18:10 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | Released: February 16, 1997 | Producer: Jim Abrahams
    First Do No Harm Directed by Jim Abrahams, about a boy whose severe epilepsy, unresponsive to medications with terrible side effects, is controlled by the ketogenic diet. Aspects of the story mirror Abrahams' own experience with his son Charlie. Starring Meryl Streep Fred Ward Seth Adkins Allison Janney Margo Martindale Oni Faida Lampley Leo Burmester Tom Butler Mairon Bennett Michael Yarmush Millicent Kelly Diana Belshaw The film tells a story in the life of a Midwestern family, the Reimullers. About a boy whose severe epilepsy, unresponsive to medications with terrible side effects. Lori (played by Meryl Streep) is the mother...
  • Social Stigma and the Shame We Inflict On Ourselves

    12/08/2014 6:53:31 AM PST · by John David Powell · 4 replies
    Surviving Wonderland ^ | Aug. 27, 2014 | Sharon Powell
    For whatever reason, my thoughts about shame and stigma are never far from the surface these days. And, a recent post on Facebook triggered another long and involved look into what those of us with epilepsy experience and what we sometimes inflict on ourselves. The post was from someone with epilepsy who had just received an ice bucket challenge to raise money for ALS. For those of you not in the States, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is an activity to raise money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The nominated person has...
  • Kind stranger pays check for couple having dinner with their special needs son ...

    09/04/2013 11:00:01 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | September 3, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Kind stranger pays check for couple having dinner with their special needs son after giving them a note saying: 'God only gives special children to special people' A mother was reduced to tears by a beautiful gesture from a generous stranger towards her family and special needs son on Friday night. Ashley England, of North Carolina, was eating out with her family in China Grove when her eight-year-old son Riley, who is non-verbal and suffers from epilepsy, got frustrated and noisy.The mom worried that he would upset other diners in the restaurant. Instead, a kind-hearted mystery man paid for their...
  • Seizure Disorders Enter Medical Marijuana Debate

    08/14/2013 7:08:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    Medscape Medical News ^ | Aug 14, 2013 | Nancy A. Melville
    The role of cannabinoids in the treatment of seizure disorders in children has come under the spotlight in recent months amid a string of media reports of parents obtaining the substances in states where medical marijuana is now legal and claiming "miraculous" reductions in seizures with the treatment. Among the reports was that of a 6-year-old boy with Dravet's syndrome, a rare form of childhood epilepsy, reported by CNN. In an interview, the parents said the boy was left immobilized by the 22 antiseizure pills a day required to control his seizures, but after treatment with a liquid, nonpsychoactive form...
  • New Epilepsy Tactic: Fight Inflammation

    06/06/2012 8:41:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 4, 2012 | ALASTAIR GEE
    In November 2008, when he was just 6, William Moller had his first epileptic seizure, during a reading class at school. For about 20 seconds, he simply froze in place, as if someone had pressed a pause button. He could not respond to his teacher. This is known as an absence seizure, and over the next year William, now 10, who lives with his family in Brooklyn, went from having one or two a day to suffering constant seizures. Not all were absence seizures; others were frightening tonic-clonics, also known as grand mals, during which he lost consciousness and convulsed....
  • Alarm spreads as E. coli cases rise sharply [In Germany]

    06/01/2011 11:31:33 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 25 replies · 1+ views
    The Local ^ | 1 Jun 11
    The number of E. coli cases has risen dramatically in northern Germany, authorities announced Wednesday, with at least 180 new cases emerging in the past 24 hours in Hamburg and Lower Saxony alone. The new figures came as doctors in Schleswig-Holstein reported that the bacterial illness was also causing unusual neurological effects including epilepsy. Seventeen people – one in Sweden and the rest in Germany – have now died from the virulent form of enterohamorrhagic E. coli (EHEC), which can cause bloody diarrhoea and kidney failure known as haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS). In the past day, the number of cases...
  • Service dog known to ‘tattle’ on girl

    02/21/2011 5:40:47 PM PST · by Immerito · 28 replies
    Beacon News ^ | February 21, 2011 | Denise Baran-Unland
    Sam will tell on Joy in a heartbeat. It’s his job — and often it’s potentially life-saving. Sam, a 3-year-old Labrador/spaniel, likes to romp with the kids, but when his vest and balance harness go on, he becomes 11-year-old Joy Cahill’s service dog and official lookout. No one is then allowed to touch him because Sam is busy, keeping alert and ready to warn someone should this Wilmington girl have a health emergency. “He’s gotten to know her norm,” said Denise Cahill, Joy’s mother. “So when something is not normal, he reacts. He also doesn’t let Joy do anything she’s...
  • Atkins-Like Diet May Treat Epilepsy, Researchers Say

    01/26/2011 9:25:56 PM PST · by Immerito · 28 replies
    Better Health Research ^ | January 24, 2011 | Better Health Research News Desk
    A study published in the journal Epilepsia has determined that individuals with a specific form of epilepsy may benefit the most from a meat-rich diet. Researchers found that the majority of children with myoclonic-astatic epilepsy who switched from a modified Atkins diet to a ketogenic diet reduced their seizures by at least 10 percent. The ketogenic diet is similar to the Atkins regimen. Both consist primarily of protein-heavy meals, eaten with little or no carbohydrates. The ketogenic diet simply has more restrictions on the types of fats, proteins and fluids that an individual may consume. The study's authors concluded that...
  • Was Chopin really epileptic? Or just in the groove?

    01/25/2011 7:37:56 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 15 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | 1-25-11 | Michael White
    Frédéric Chopin Hot news today, of sorts: a team of Spanish medial researchers think that Chopin may have been an epileptic. And perhaps he was. His early death at 39 has never been explained, and that he had serious health problems is obvious. Maybe, along with tuberculosis and cystic fibrosis, epilepsy is a contender. But without claiming the slightest medical expertise here, I’m not convinced by the medics’ argument that his recorded instances of apparent hallucination are proof of epileptic seizure. The traditional explanation for these time-out moments has usually to do with the hypersensitivity of a romantic soul; and...
  • Obama Senior Adviser Puts Up Fight Against Daughter's Epilepsy

    11/22/2010 9:11:02 AM PST · by Nachum · 46 replies
    fox news ^ | 11/22/10 | Rachel Feldman
    David Axelrod, President Obama's senior adviser and architect of his 2008 campaign, doesn't fear a good political fight. But in his personal life, Axelrod and his wife, Susan, have been fighting a 29-year battle with their first child Lauren's epilepsy. Their story began when Susan discovered her 7-month-old in the crib, blue and listless. "She was sort of salivating at the mouth, and making a guttural sound" Susan recalls. "I think I was just sort of in shock." The Axelrods rushed Lauren to the hospital , where doctors told them their daughter was having a seizure. "It took months after...
  • Epilepsy’s Big, Fat Miracle

    11/21/2010 6:47:29 PM PST · by neverdem · 70 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 17, 2010 | FRED VOGELSTEIN
    Once every three or four months my son, Sam, grabs a cookie or a piece of candy and, wide-eyed, holds it inches from his mouth, ready to devour it. He knows he’s not allowed to eat these things, but like any 9-year-old, he hopes that somehow, this once, my wife, Evelyn, or I will make an exception. We never make exceptions when it comes to Sam and food, though, which means that when temptation takes hold of Sam and he is denied, things can get pretty hairy. Confronted with a gingerbread house at a friend’s party last December, he went...
  • Surviving Wonderland raising epilepsy awareness

    11/11/2010 9:14:59 AM PST · by John David Powell · 4 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | Nov. 11, 2010 | John David Powell
    When my wife was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy in 2005, the word “epilepsy” was all she heard. “My ears began to buzz and I felt as if I was going to black out,” she says. “It was as if someone had just told me that I was possessed by demons.” Since that diagnosis, Sharon describes her daily struggles as plunging into a medieval world of demonic possession, of medical professionals who did not believe in the diagnosis, and into an arena of social stigmas that she never knew existed. Medical experts ( agree epilepsy affects between one and two...
  • Did California Unions Block Crucial Medication for Epileptic Children? (WITH VIDEO)

    08/11/2010 2:49:14 PM PDT · by Erin Brown · 4 replies
    Three Fingers of Politics ^ | August 11, 2010 | SkinnieMinnie
    Fatally epileptic children, and their parents in California had hoped that lawmakers would pass SB-1051, a law to allow lay persons to administer the drug, Diastat, which, if given quickly and properly, could save the child’s life. Nurses unions and associations, on the other hand, argued that Diastat, administered rectally via syringe, is not as safe as some doctors claim, and if inserted into the vaginal cavity, could harm young girls who receive the treatment. The Nurses unions won, and SB 1051 was not passed. Diastat was designed to be administered in cases of prolonged, potentially fatal seizures. Both sides...
  • Ketogenic Diet: Fatty Foods a Cure for Epilepsy?

    02/06/2010 8:47:51 AM PST · by GonzoII · 16 replies · 644+ views
    CBN ^ | Wednesday, February 03, 2010 | By Lorie Johnson
    Today, Max Irvine enjoys life as a normal, 4-year-old boy. But just last year, more than 100 daily epileptic seizures were deteriorating his brain. His family's strong and a unique medical diet is what saved the young boy's life. "Last November he basically stopped talking and walking and he started losing all of his skills," Max's mom, Kristine Irvine, recalled. "There were times when I prayed to God to either make him better, or take him home," his father, Troy Irvine, added. "Because I just couldn't stand to see him going through what he was going through. There were many...