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03/22/2017 at 20:18. Facebook
A study performed by Dr. Matthew Mercuri and his colleagues at The Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, indicated that elderly individuals diagnosed with epilepsy may have an increased risk for a stroke. The patients who showed these results were on average 76 years old and were living with other vascular comorbidities.

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Studies Linking Brain Hemorrhage and Epilepsy to Stroke Presented at Conference | Newsroom | Weill Cornell Medicine
Parents who have children living with epilepsy often face challenges that other parents may not. It is important to remember that you are not alone.

WebMD shares an article that provides information about ways that parents of children with epilepsy can seek support in addition to some additional ideas on how to help protect your child.

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Caring for a Child with Epilepsy
Happy Saint Patrick's Day from all of us here at Team Epilepsy.

May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more,
and nothing but happiness come through the door.
~ Irish Blessing
Researchers at SUNY Downstate Medical Center recently conducted a study that suggests that as much as as half of long term seizure related damage in the brain may be caused by lack of oxygen to the neurons.

In the past, neuronal degeneration was thought to be primarily caused by excitotoxicity, or the overstimulation of neuron receptors, so the new findings are exciting as they help us to...
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Lack of oxygen, not excessive stimulation, cause for half of seizure-related brain damage in epilepsy
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"Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."
From Our Mailbox: Anxiety, Epilepsy & Medication

"I was diagnosed with Epilepsy last month, and have been prescribed Keppra, as well as Amitriptyline HCL to help me sleep.
The problem is that I do not feel like myself anymore. My anxiety is through the roof, and I seem to always be on edge and cranky." Has anyone else had similar side effects from medication? If so, how do you manage? Any...
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Today is International Epilepsy Day!
Today is a day for people with epilepsy to share their experiences with the world by sharing photos, stories and words of wisdom on social media by using the hashtag #epilepsyday.
Click the photo below to find out how you can be involved and spread awareness!

International Epilepsy Day
A recent study was conducted to better understand the relationship between seizure location and depression in children who have epilepsy. Researchers looked at a group of 132 children with generalized or partial epilepsy, between 6 and 18 years old.

Researchers measured the levels of the children's depression and anxiety through a tool called the Quality Of Life in Childhood Epilepsy scale...
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The relationship of seizure focus with depression, anxiety, and health-related quality of life in children and adolescents with epilepsy
FROM OUR MAILBOX: Congratulations!

EIGHT YEARS!!! Eight years ago today I had the last of two surgeries that would change my life forever either for better or worse. Well, it was changed for the better!
No more weekly/biweekly seizures, one medication instead of three, I have had a valid license for 7.5 years, annual visits with my neurologist instead of every few months, and I have been...
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Hump Day Words of Encouragement From A Team Epilepsy Community Member <3

"I have epilepsy, and it has not destroyed my life.
I live my life to the fullest every single day. Do not let this "disease" get you down, do not allow it to overrun your life.
YOU are strong, you CAN make it through.
While it seems that things cannot go right, or that things can get a bit overwhelming, your...
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From Our Mailbox: (Pregnancy, Lack of Sleep & Seizures)

Hello! I have a question for Mom's with Epilepsy.
I plan on having children in the future, but I'm kind of worried about the amount of sleep you lose with an infant. I have Juvenile Myoclonic epilepsy, and lack of sleep is my biggest trigger.

Night nannies are insanely expensive I'm just worried that I would start having seizures...
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Question for the Community from our Mailbox.

I have epilepsy, and have recently been diagnosed with sleep paralysis. My doctor says that it is common for people to have it if they have epilepsy.
Do you have sleep paralysis? If so what do you do for it? Any help?
Work recently published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, indicated that low levels of a protein called ANK3 (associated with bipolar disorder also triggers epileptic seizures in mice.

Read the article below to learn more.

Epilepsy in Mice Triggered by Low Levels of Protein in Bipolar Disorder
FROM OUR MAILBOX: (Seizure Monitor - Suggestions Please)

Hello Epilepsy Team, My 19 year old son has epilepsy, and had a seizure a couple of nights ago, which made him fall out of bed and cut his forehead.

My husband and I were sleeping and had no idea that he had a seizure until the next morning. We check on him a lot, but because of his most recent seizure we have started looking into...
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FROM OUR MAILBOX: Congratulations on being 14 months seizure free!

"Hi! I'm 14 months seizure free, and I just had a baby (with medication from 28 weeks into my pregnancy) "
FROM OUR MAILBOX - Congratulations!
"After a lot of hard work from myself and my physicians, I'm 5 years seizure free!"
Happy New Year from all of us here at Team Epilepsy!
What are your New Year's Resolutions for this year?

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