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  • 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 (www.epilepsyfoundation.org) 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...
  • Living with temporal lobe epilepsy: A husband's story

    01/21/2010 8:02:55 AM PST · by John David Powell · 6 replies · 433+ views
    Townhall ^ | January 18, 2010 | John David Powell
    From Surviving Wonderland: My life with temporal lobe epilepsy, by Sharon Powell and John David Powell Looking back, we see that Sharon’s temporal lobe epilepsy has been a manipulative companion throughout our lives together, from our first days at Indiana State University, through the years of unpleasantness and separation, and up to today as we compile this amazing compendium of her survival of Wonderland. How would our lives be different if we had known? Sharon writes of pain as a constant companion today, but it’s always been around for the nearly 40 years we’ve been together. When we first met,...
  • High-Fat Diet Ends Epileptic Seizures For Boy

    01/20/2010 4:56:07 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 20 replies · 935+ views
    WCCO.com ^ | 1/19/10 | Dennis Douda
    A trip to the doctor is all good news these days for 4-year-old Max Irvine. Just a year ago, however, Max was enduring more than 100 seizures a day. Even a barrage of tests at the famed Mayo Clinic's Epilepsy Laboratory revealed no clear medical explanation. Epilepsy was consuming every waking hour of Max's life. "It got to the point where he couldn't walk or talk or function, or even eat hardly," said Max's father Troy Irvine. Medications control epilepsy for 75 percent of children, but not for Max. His family watched helplessly as the light disappeared from his eyes....
  • My Christmas Story

    12/26/2009 7:28:34 AM PST · by John David Powell · 5 replies · 502+ views
    Townhall ^ | Dec. 24, 2009 | Sharon Powell
    A series of events, from the birth of our first grandchild to the loss of my job, kept me from writing my annual Christmas column. In its place, I humbly offer this piece written by my wife, who joins me in wishing all of you a very merry Christmas. My Christmas Story December 23, 2009 Sharon R. Powell Everyone has a personal Christmas story. That is the beauty of the season. The story often holds a mirror up to our natures allowing us to see not only ourselves, but also God’s gifts. My story has taken years to form. My...
  • Heart and Head Misfire Together

    10/17/2009 11:33:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 478+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 16 October 2009 | Sam Kean
    Enlarge ImageDouble trouble. Brain neurons (green) with a faulty potassium channel. An EEG and an ECG show that epileptic seizures (top) often coincide with heart arrhythmias (bottom) in mice. Credit: A. Goldman et al., Science Translational Medicine Two medical problems caused by misfiring electrical signals, epilepsy and heart arrhythmia, probably have a common molecular cause, scientists report. The research points to treatments that could lower the chances of young people dying of seizures. The scientists, at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, were studying mice that had a mutation in the KCNQ gene, which builds potassium ion channels...
  • Scientists make epilepsy breakthrough

    08/04/2009 1:21:17 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 6 replies · 317+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | August 4, 2009
    Epilepsy could be prevented from passing down through families by 'silencing' the gene which causes the condition, new research suggests. Scientists claim to have made a breakthrough in eradicating inherited epilepsy after managing to breed the defect out of epileptic mice by balancing "good" and "bad" genes. It is hoped that the research will lead to new ways of preventing the disorder in humans. Scientists at the University of Leeds studied a strain of mouse called Myshkin, which has an inherited form of severe epilepsy. The mice had a defective version of the gene Atp1a3 which led them to suffer...
  • It’s not a touch of the genie [Breaking News: Epilepsy is *NOT* Caused By Genies]

    04/08/2009 2:33:33 PM PDT · by vivalaoink · 15 replies · 715+ views
    Arab News ^ | 8 April 09 | Walaa Hawari
    RIYADH: Neurologist Fawzia Ba-Mogdam, who specializes in epilepsy and sleep disorders, disagrees with the layman’s understanding that epilepsy is caused by jinni (spirits) and should be treated with recitations from the Holy Qur’an rather than medication. Contrary to the advice given by some religious scholars, epilepsy is a physical condition that should be treated with the help of medical science. In a seminar organized by King Fahd Medical City under the title “Religious and Medical Viewpoints of Epilepsy,” Ba-Mogdam explained that epilepsy is a medical condition due to excessive neurological activity in the brain, which can cause seizures. “Believing in...
  • Council bans brainstorming (Word is deemed offensive to epileptics; hundreds of staff retrained)

    06/20/2008 7:01:36 AM PDT · by Stoat · 82 replies · 462+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | June 20, 2008 | Nick Allen
    Council bans brainstorming By Nick Allen Last Updated: 2:06PM BST 20/06/2008   A council has banned the term "brainstorming" and replaced it with "thought showers". Tunbridge Wells Borough Council in Kent was accused of taking political correctness to extremes after instructing staff to make the change.The move came as council chiefs feared the word brainstorming might offend mentally ill people and those with epilepsy.The buzz term is often used by executives to generate ideas among their staff. But memos have been sent to staff asking them not to use it and some have been given training which encouraged them...
  • Hackers' posts on epilepsy forum cause migraines, seizures

    05/07/2008 6:37:20 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 50 replies · 132+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 5/7/8 | JORDAN ROBERTSON
    Computer attacks typically don't inflict physical pain on their victims. ADVERTISEMENT But in a rare example of an attack apparently motivated by malice rather than money, hackers recently bombarded the Epilepsy Foundation's Web site with hundreds of pictures and links to pages with rapidly flashing images. The breach triggered severe migraines and near-seizure reactions in some site visitors who viewed the images. People with photosensitive epilepsy can get seizures when they're exposed to flickering images, a response also caused by some video games and cartoons. The attack happened when hackers exploited a security hole in the foundation's publishing software that...
  • Roberts Facing Medical Option on 2nd Seizure

    07/31/2007 10:45:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 60 replies · 2,830+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 1, 2007 | DENISE GRADY and LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    Despite his quick recovery from the seizure he suffered on Monday, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. faces a complex diagnosis and a difficult decision. Because the seizure was his second — he had a similar one in 1993 — he meets the criteria for epilepsy, and he and his doctors will have to decide whether he should take medication to prevent further seizures, said neurologists not involved in his care. (Neither the chief justice nor his doctors would comment yesterday.) The decision will involve weighing the risk of more seizures against the risk of side effects from the drugs....
  • Update: Chief Justice John Roberts Suffered Seizure, Remains in Hospital

    07/30/2007 12:26:04 PM PDT · by PilloryHillary · 190 replies · 12,729+ views
    <p>Justice Roberts had a fall, taken to hospital. NO other details as of yet.</p>
  • Olympic logo triggers epilepsy

    06/05/2007 10:22:57 PM PDT · by Sleeping Beauty · 139 replies · 3,988+ views
    The Sun ^ | June 06, 2007 | RICHARD WHITE
    THE controversial 2012 London Olympics logo was rocked by another blow last night — after it was ruled too dangerous to view on-screen. An animated version of the symbol used on TV and the internet had to be dropped because it could trigger fits in thousands of people. The £400,000 logo, a graffiti-style spelling of 2012 in shades of pink, blue, green and orange, was branded “hideous” when it was launched on Monday. And Olympics bosses were left squirming with embarrassment after an epilepsy group reported 12 cases of people collapsing through looking at it. Epilepsy Action warned that 23,000...
  • Arrested for Epilepsy, When a Seizure Gets You Thrown in Jail

    11/24/2006 4:49:40 AM PST · by ActionNewsBill · 42 replies · 1,859+ views
    ABC News Law & Justice Unit ^ | Nov. 23, 2006 | JIM AVILA and LARA SETRAKIAN,
    Nov. 23, 2006 — - Roughly 3 million Americans live with epilepsy. And a surprising number of them go to jail for it. Why? Around the country, police officers and bystanders who see someone having a seizure mistake it for disorderly, criminal behavior. That's what happened to Daniel Beloungea of Pontiac, Mich. On most days Daniel lives the normal life of a 48-year-old single man. But roughly once a week, he loses total control of his body and mind to an epileptic seizure. A seizure took over Beloungea's body while walking through his suburban Detroit neighborhood last April. When an...
  • Researchers Find Healing Potential in Everyday Human Brain Cells

    08/16/2006 7:09:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies · 499+ views
    Newswise ^ | 8/16/2006
    Newswise — University of Florida researchers have shown ordinary human brain cells may share the prized qualities of self-renewal and adaptability normally associated with stem cells. Writing in an upcoming edition of Development, scientists from UF’s McKnight Brain Institute describe how they used mature human brain cells taken from epilepsy patients to generate new brain tissue in mice. Furthermore, they can coax these pedestrian human cells to produce large amounts of new brain cells in culture, with one cell theoretically able to begin a cycle of cell division that does not stop until the cells number about 10 to the...
  • LYRICA (PREGABALIN) - NEW GABAPENTINOID WITH WIDE CLINICAL APPLICATION

    07/31/2006 9:04:20 PM PDT · by MainFrame65 · 11 replies · 1,909+ views
    Developed by Pfizer, pregabalin, marketed under the brand name Lyrica, is a 3-substituted analogue of gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) and a compound related to Pfizer's hugely successful antiepileptic drug gabapentin (Neurontin). In July 2004, Pfizer secured Europe-wide approval for Lyrica (pregabalin) for use in the management of peripheral neuropathic pain as well as an adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial epileptic seizures. Subsequently in December 2004 the company gained FDA approval for use of Lyrica (pregabalin) in neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy and postherpetic neuralgia; making it the first FDA-approved treatment for both of these neuropathic pain...
  • Illness helped Van Gogh to capture the perfect storm

    07/16/2006 11:19:14 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 79 replies · 2,652+ views
    Times Online ^ | July 15 2006 | Paul Simons and Jack Malvern
    THE chaotic swirls of Vincent van Gogh’s later paintings may owe as much to science as they do to art. Physicists believe that some of his works are uncannily accurate pictures of the complex mathematics of turbulence, the phenomenon behind bumpy aircraft rides, cloud formations and the flow of ocean currents. Van Gogh painted three of his most agitated paintings, A Starry Night, Road with Cypress and Star and Wheat Field with Crows, towards the end of his life when he was suffering prolonged bouts of epilepsy. José Luis Aragón, a physicist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, believes...
  • For First Time, Brain Cells Generated In A Dish

    06/18/2006 11:06:33 AM PDT · by annie laurie · 68 replies · 1,353+ views
    PhysOrg.com ^ | Jun 15, 2006 | unattributed
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., June 14 (SPX) -- Regenerative medicine scientists at the University of Florida's McKnight Brain Institute have created a system in rodent models that for the first time duplicates neurogenesis - the process of generating new brain cells - in a dish. Writing in today's (June 13) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers describe a cell culture method that holds the promise of producing a limitless supply of a person's own brain cells to potentially heal disorders such as Parkinson's disease or epilepsy. "It's like an assembly line to manufacture and increase the number of brain cells,"...
  • Soldier Feels Abandoned In His Courtroom Battle

    03/22/2006 10:00:21 AM PST · by RDTF · 11 replies · 880+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | march 22, 2006 | Amit R. Paley
    Cpl. Kendall D. McKibben was prepared to sacrifice his life for the Army. He says he almost did repeatedly over a year of patrols dodging bullets in Baghdad and dealing with a grape-size brain tumor. So the 33-year-old says he can't understand why the military is refusing a routine subpoena that he believes could help him avoid a 13-year prison sentence. -snip- McKibben feels doubly wronged because he believes the tumor itself was caused by exposure to depleted uranium in Iraq. Depleted uranium is a heavy metal that is slightly radioactive and is used in some armor-piercing munitions. In Baghdad,...
  • Scientists Discover What You Are Thinking

    03/19/2005 1:11:09 PM PST · by snarks_when_bored · 33 replies · 956+ views
    Scientists Discover What You Are Thinking PASADENA, Calif. - By decoding signals coming from neurons, scientists at the California Institute of Technology have confirmed that an area of the brain known as the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex (vPF) is involved in the planning stages of movement, that instantaneous flicker of time when we contemplate moving a hand or other limb. The work has implications for the development of a neural prosthesis, a brain-machine interface that will give paralyzed people the ability to move and communicate simply by thinking. By piggybacking on therapeutic work being conducted on epileptic patients, Daniel Rizzuto, a...
  • Some 'Senior Moments' Are Signs of Epilepsy

    03/13/2005 10:33:29 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 39 replies · 1,087+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 11, 2005 | Alison McCook
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Memory blanks, losing train of thought, temporary confusion -- all are often chalked up to "senioritis" once people reach a certain age. But these symptoms can also be a warning sign of the seizure disorder epilepsy, experts said Friday. Although most people's image of epilepsy involves convulsions and other obvious symptoms, in older adults, seizures can take a quieter form, Dr. Eugene Ramsay of the University of Miami School of Medicine in Florida told Reuters Health. Instead, older adults can develop "staring spells," often mistaken for senior moments, in which they lose awareness of what's...
  • Stroke Warning Signs Often Occur Hours Or Days Before Attack

    03/07/2005 7:37:13 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 56 replies · 5,887+ views
    News Wise ^ | March 7, 2005 | Medical News
    Warning signs of an ischemic stroke may be evident as early as seven days before an attack and require urgent treatment to prevent serious damage to the brain, according to a study of stroke patients. Warning signs of an ischemic stroke may be evident as early as seven days before an attack and require urgent treatment to prevent serious damage to the brain, according to a study of stroke patients published in the March 8, 2005 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Eighty percent of strokes are ischemic, caused by the narrowing of the...
  • Rockcastle girl, 7, needs Mikki's help during seizures (epileptic child + dog sent home from school)

    08/05/2004 12:01:14 PM PDT · by freeeee · 79 replies · 1,311+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 08/05/2004 | Karla Ward
    On 7-year-old Cheyenne Gilliam's first day at Mount Vernon Elementary yesterday, her new principal, Leon Davidson, explained to her classmates that the dog she brought to school isn't a pet: It's a working dog trained to respond to Cheyenne's epileptic seizures. But the pair's first day in second grade ended abruptly when Rockcastle County Schools Superintendent Larry Hammond notified Cheyenne's parents, Jennifer and Anthony Gilliam, that the dog was, in a manner of speaking, being suspended. Two hours after the day began, the family took the dog, and their daughter, home. Hammond said in an interview that he wants to...
  • Doctors Put Hope in Thin Wires for a Life in Epilepsy's Clutches

    07/19/2004 7:59:57 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 557+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 24, 2004 | DENISE GRADY
    LAST RESORTS Squeeze my hand, Stephen," the surgeon called. "Wiggle your feet." In an operating room at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center, doctors watched intently as Stephen R. Neiley III, roused from general anesthesia, gave a squeeze and a wiggle and went back to sleep. Reassured that the electrodes they had just implanted in his brain had done no harm, they went back to work. The next step was to tunnel wires from the electrodes through Mr. Neiley's scalp and neck to a pacemaker-like gadget that would be implanted in his chest. The operation was an experiment, with a...
  • Dogs protect epileptic kids

    06/23/2004 4:18:39 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 4 replies · 273+ views
    Proving again that they're man's best friend, many dogs apparently have the ability to alert families minutes or even hours in advance of a child's oncoming epileptic seizure. What's more, a new study finds, many parents report "protective" action on the part of their pet, such as gently sitting on toddlers to prevent them from falling during an attack. Advertisement Families related "remarkable stories" of some canines' uncanny ability to predict an attack and protect children from harm, said study lead author Dr Adam Kirton, a paediatric neurologist at Alberta Children's Hospital, in Calgary, Canada. Some of the stories Presenting...
  • Defendant suffered epileptic seizure during attack, expert says (and is not guilty of rape/murder!)

    03/25/2004 6:21:18 AM PST · by jtminton · 12 replies · 227+ views
    Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | 03/25/2004 | Melody Mcdonald
    FORT WORTH - A neuropsychologist testified Wednesday that Alphonso Nickerson suffers from a rare form of epilepsy and was having a seizure -- an electrical storm in his brain -- when he sexually assaulted a 64-year-old retired nurse who suffocated under the weight of his body. Defense expert Clifford Hopewell based his opinion, in part, on a videotape that he viewed of a naked Nickerson masturbating and rambling obscenities for hours inside the Tarrant County Jail on Jan. 8, 1999 -- nearly two years after his arrest in the death of Maxine Nash. Hopewell testified that he believes that Nickerson...
  • Atkins Diet May Help Kids With Epilepsy

    12/27/2003 9:03:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies · 792+ views
    Health-Day ^ | Tue Dec 9,11:48 PM ET | Karen Pallarito
    TUESDAY, Dec. 9 (HealthDayNews) -- The popular low-carbohydrate Atkins diet may help children with epilepsy avoid seizures, say researchers at Johns Hopkins Children's Center. In a small study of six patients on the high-protein regimen, half were nearly seizure-free for up to 20 months. "It might be a nice tool when other medications fail," says study author Dr. Eric Kossoff, a pediatric neurologist at Hopkins who was to present the findings Dec. 9 at the American Epilepsy Society's annual meeting in Boston. Dr. Wendy Mitchell, a pediatrics professor in the division of neurology at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, says the...
  • Atkins diet may curb epilepsy

    12/09/2003 8:02:56 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 12 replies · 305+ views
    The Guardian (U.K.) ^ | 12/10/03 | Tim Radford
    The Atkins diet - not always seen as a healthy way to shed weight - may help to prevent fits in children with epilepsy, a team of US scientists says. Six patients, including three children aged up to 12, kept to the low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet and were studied by researchers from Johns Hopkins children's centre in Baltimore. They remained seizure-free for between four and 20 months and were able to take lower doses of medication. Because the study involved only six people, the research should be treated with caution and the Atkins diet should not be used to replace the...
  • Did You Kill Douglas Schmidt?

    11/30/2003 6:49:41 AM PST · by WaterDragon · 44 replies · 160+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | November 30, 2003 | Larry Leonard
    The following segments are from an article in the November 19, 2003 Oregonian. Man dies after being taken off of life support by Don Colburn Douglas Schmidt dies peacefully after 46 hours, ending a bitter family dispute over his fateDouglas K. Schmidt died Tuesday morning in a Portland hospital, 46 hours after he was removed from a ventilator at the request of a court-appointed guardian.Schmidt, 37, had been unconscious and severely brain-damaged since March 1, when he collapsed in his Portland apartment from a massive epileptic seizure. He was among thousands of Oregonians who lost state-paid coverage for medications in...
  • Marijuana and Its Receptor Protein in The Brain Can Control Epilepsy, VCU Study Finds

    09/30/2003 12:58:12 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 67 replies · 737+ views
    Richmond.Com ^ | Sept. 30, 2003
    Marijuana and Its Receptor Protein in The Brain Can Control Epilepsy, VCU Study Finds Ingredients in marijuana and the cannabinoid receptor protein, which is produced naturally in the body to regulate the central nervous system and other bodily functions, play a critical role in controlling spontaneous seizures in epilepsy, according to a new study by Virginia Commonwealth University researchers. The study, the first to look at marijuana and the brain's cannabinoid system in live animals with spontaneous, recurrent seizures, suggests new avenues that researchers can explore in their search for more-effective drugs to treat epileptic patients who don't respond to...
  • Epilepsy Drug May Treat Cocaine Addiction

    09/22/2003 3:36:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies · 549+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/22/03 | Steven Reinberg
    Epilepsy Drug May Treat Cocaine Addiction 1 hour, 26 minutes ago By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 22 (HealthDayNews) -- Gamma-vinyl-GABA (GVG), a drug used to treat epilepsy, appears to help people end their addiction to cocaine, according to the results of the first human trial on heavy users. "In a population of hardcore cocaine users, we were able to block their craving for the drug and keep them off cocaine for over 90 days," says researcher Dr. Stephen Dewey, a senior scientist with the Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y. "We were able to do...
  • Talk of brainstorming 'may offend epileptics' ("brainstorm" is not PC)

    04/30/2003 4:24:01 PM PDT · by mhking · 43 replies · 1,894+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 4.26.03 | Liz Lightfoot
    The term "brainstorming" has become the latest target of political correctness, according to a charity. Trainee teachers are being told to avoid the word for fear of offending pupils with epilepsy. Instead they are being advised to use "word storm" or "thought shower". However, charities working with epilepsy say "brainstorming" is not offensive. "We had several inquiries from teachers about it so we did a survey of our residential home," said Gemma Baxter from the National Society for Epilepsy. "We also contacted people with epilepsy in the community and the overwhelming response was that 'brainstorming' implies no offence to people...
  • Epileptic's Death in Police Custody Ruled Homicide

    06/01/2002 7:20:24 AM PDT · by gitmo · 9 replies · 257+ views
    1010wins.com ^ | May 26, 2002 5:45 am US/Eastern
    BLOOMFIELD, N.J. (AP) -- The death of an epileptic in police custody has been ruled a homicide. Authorities said Santiago Villanueva, 35, a native of the Dominican Republic who lived in New York, was undergoing a seizure April 16 when he was arrested at the garment factory where he worked. According to Bloomfield police reports, officers and emergency medical technicians responding to a 911 call deemed Villanueva combative and, at times, unresponsive to simple verbal commands. They acknowledge using some force to bring Villanueva under control. He died a short time later at Columbus Hospital in Newark, and the cause...
  • Seizure-Alert Dogs May Get Seeing-Eye Status in FL [FL GOP lawmaker leads the nation] (NYT)

    04/01/2002 2:47:13 PM PST · by summer · 35 replies · 1,043+ views
    The NY Times ^ | March 29, 2002 | Dana Canedy
    March 29, 2002 Seizure-Alert Dogs May Get Seeing-Eye Status in FL [FL GOP lawmaker leads the nation] (NYT) By DANA CANEDY MIAMI, March 28 - For Connie Standley, the final indignity came when the manager of a fast food restaurant asked why she was bringing her service dogs into his business in the Florida panhandle when she was obviously not blind. "He kept saying to me that these are not guide dogs," Ms. Standley, who has epilepsy, recalled of a trip home from the Grand Canyon last year. "I said, `No, they are seizure-alert dogs,' and he kept on saying...