Archive for the ‘Epilepsy News’ Category

May 15, 2015 · by · Epilepsy News, Events

May 15 is TSC Global Awareness Day. Minnesota Epilepsy Group is proud to be a partner in the fight against tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a devastating genetic disease affecting 1 million people worldwide. Find out more at http://www.tscglobalday.org.

November 6, 2014 · by · Epilepsy News

Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the U.S. More than 2.2 million Americans have epilepsy. Epilepsy can affect people at any age or stage of their life, but occurs more frequently in children under the age of 1 and adults over the age of 55. What is epilepsy? Dr. James White, Minnesota…

November 5, 2014 · by Paul Atkinson · Epilepsy News

On May 29, 2014 Minnesota became the 22nd state, in addition to the District of Columbia, to enact laws legalizing the use of medical marijuana. Nine specific medical conditions have been identified for legal use of medical marijuana in Minnesota, including those with seizures/epilepsy. Minnesota’s law has been perceived as more restrictive than other states,…

May 15, 2014 · by · Epilepsy News

Today the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota is celebrating its 60th Anniversary. To mark the event they are designating today as ‘Rise Above Seizures Day’ to recognize and support the 60,000 or more people with epilepsy in our community. The event will be marked with creative displays of red balloons at the Twin’s Stadium and throughout…

November 8, 2013 · by · Epilepsy News

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month and Minnesota Epilepsy Group wants you to get involved! The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota supports the 60,000 Minnesotans & North Dakotans living with epilepsy. Visit www.efmn.org/awareness to find out get involved with Epilepsy Awareness and help those with epilepsy.

June 13, 2012 · by · Epilepsy News

A headline topping the news earlier this week: “Commerce Dept. says Sec. Bryson suffered seizure.” The U.S. Commerce Department Secretary was involved in two motor vehicle crashes over last weekend.  The accidents appear to be due to seizure activity. Secretary Bryson is 68 years-old. This major news story brings up (at least) three important issues:…

June 7, 2012 · by · Education, Epilepsy News, Featured Topics

There are many interesting facts about seizures and epilepsy that can best be explained using numbers. Patients often want very exact information, and for many important issues, research has yielded very precise quantification. The following is a list of interesting and important numbers pertinent to those with seizures: 1-2% of the world’s population has epilepsy…

April 18, 2012 · by James White, MD · Education, Epilepsy News, Featured Topics, Misc Topics, Patient Information

INTRODUCTION Two new antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) have had recent FDA approval. The first medication to be discussed is clobazam (band name = Onfi). This drug is currently available. The second AED is ezogabine (brand name = Potiga). Ezogabine is not yet available in pharmacies, but should be available soon. The purpose of this article is…

March 26, 2012 · by James White, MD · Education, Epilepsy News, Featured Topics, Patient Information

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS Stem cell therapy for epilepsy is a possible treatment option in the future. Stem cell therapy may prove useful for: Improving seizure control Improving memory issues Stem cell therapy is not yet approved for the treatment of epilepsy- the safety and effectiveness of such treatment has to be thoroughly studied and approved by…