NJ forms State Task Force on Epilepsy

Governor Chris Christie has signed a bill to establish the New Jersey Epilepsy Task Force. This statewide task force will develop recommendations to educate the public and healthcare professionals about epilepsy and treatments as well as to address the psychosocial issues, such as depression, discrimination and stigmatization. The Act (S1928) was sponsored … Read More

Time to go camping

Ah, the warm summer breeze. The smell of cut grass and bug spray. It’s that time of year again when kids from all over will head to camp. But what about the kids that have seizures every day? These kids can’t go to camp, right? Or can they? Well, it turns out … Read More

Squeaky wheel gets the research dollars

Where does research money go when it isn’t put toward epilepsy? Obviously in these trying economic times those dollars are spread thin. But I thought it would be interesting to look at which areas are benefitting most. NIH released a report in February providing a detailed account of which diseases and conditions … Read More

Did Emily Dickinson have epilepsy?

In a much talked about biography of Emily Dickinson, Lives Like Loaded Guns, Lyndall Gordon poses the question, “Did Emily Dickinson have epilepsy?” According to Gordon, a senior research fellow at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, Dickinson is both ambivalent and truthful about what she calls her sickness. Gordon says, “Her handicap or … Read More

Sudden unexplained deaths in epilepsy

This article was originally published in 2010. As of December 2013 estimates of SUDEP, are closer to a range of 5.5% – 18%.   What is SUDEP? According to the Danny Did Foundation, Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) refers to the unexpected death of a seemingly healthy person with epilepsy, where … Read More

Philly SheWrites birthday bash was a success

This week the Philadelphia contingent of SheWrites marked the first birthday of SheWrites.com. It was a small group with diverse writing interests. The event began with introductions and connections. As the conversation progressed we found that there were ways we could help each other in our business, writing process, strategy and creative … Read More

Head to a She Writes birthday bash near you

On June 29, She Writes, the largest community and resource for women writers online, will celebrate its one-year anniversary. Since the launch of She Writes, with 40 founding “alpha” members, including Amy Sohn, Hope Edelman, Katha Pollitt, Gretchen Rubin, and Alix Kates Shulman, growth has been explosive. The site now boasts nearly … Read More

Epilepsy? Yep, there’s an app for that.

There are apps to find the best restaurant or to find you when you’re lost, but an app for epilepsy? Now that just blows my mind. In a two second Google search, I found links to information on at least three apps relating to epilepsy. Here’s what I found: First, there’s the … Read More

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