National Epilepsy Awareness Month, March 2016, provides a platform to raise awareness one voice at a time and our 2016 campaign puts the spotlight on the children affected with this disease. Epilepsy Durham Region's campaign, 'Be a Kid for a Kid' provides a conduit for people to reprioritize and take a moment to help a child in their community, working together as a team towards one common goal – changing the life of a child with Epilepsy.
HOW IT WORKS:
- Companies will choose their favourite childhood games to relive alongside colleagues – hopscotch, board games, or even musical chairs; the options are limitless
- Challenge co-workers
- Raise awareness about Epilepsy
- Pledge to HAVE FUN
Epilepsy Responsible for More US Deaths than SIDS, Fires
MINNEAPOLIS – Epilepsy is not a public health priority, yet it takes more lives than sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or fires, according to an article reviewing the topic. Doctors say epilepsy deaths should be a focus of research and education to understand and prevent those deaths, according to the "Views and Reviews" article published in the December 16, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
"We have done far too little for far too long," said author Orrin Devinsky, MD, with the New York University Comprehensive Epilepsy Center in New York and a Fellow with the American Academy of Neurology. "Efforts to assess and prevent epilepsy-related death have been distressingly inadequate."
The review states that seizures cause most of the more than 5,000 epilepsy-related deaths per
From: COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY'S MAILMAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Scientists report new details into the link between epilepsy and suicidal behavior, finding suicide attempts--whether a first attempt or a recurrent attempt--are associated with new onset epilepsy in the absence of antiepileptic drug prescriptions and a diagnosis of psychiatric disorder, further strengthening the evidence that there is an underlying commonality. The researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia University Medical Center and are the first to report these associations. Findings are published online in JAMA Psychiatry.
The study, led by Dale Hesdorffer, PhD, professor of Epidemiology, compared the risk for a first suicide attempt in 14,059 patients who later developed epilepsy to 56,184 age and gender matched controls. For patients who later had onset of epilepsy there was a 2.4-fold increased risk for a first suicide
From: American Epilepsy Society
PHILADELPHIA, December 7, 2015 - Uncontrolled epilepsy affects more than 1.2 million Americans, often requiring a series of trials and errors to identify effective drug combinations. Continuous, long-term EEG data could streamline this process by revealing the full picture of a patient's seizure activity, but this would require a costly and inconvenient hospital stay.
An array of personal monitoring devices - including three to be unveiled at the American Epilepsy Society's (AES) 69th Annual Meeting* - offer biometric recording technology that could allow patients to monitor clinical and subclinical seizure activity in the everyday home environment and get advance warning before a seizure strikes.
Researchers from the University of Utah and Epitel Inc., (abstract 2.158) describe an inexpensive, disposable and discreet seizure-monitoring device