Epilepsy Differences Between Men and Women?

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Men and women have long suspected that our brains are wired a bit differently. Now science is starting to back up this notion.

A new study finds that men have more synapses connecting the cells in a particular part of the brain than women do.

In short, each sex excels at different types of cognitive functions.

Neuroscientists have been examining brains to look for structural differences between the sexes that could explain these differences in abilities.

Several studies in recent years have shown that men and women have different ratios of white and gray matter in their brains and different densities of nerve cells.

When looking even more deeply into the brain’s make-up, researchers found differences in the density of synapses, the junctions between neurons that allow the cells to communicate with each other.

The researchers examined fresh brain tissue removed from patients with epilepsy during brain surgery with an…

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9 Food Parts You Should Never Throw in the Garbage

If you’re immediately tossing those leftover parts of fresh produce in the trash, you could be missing out on some powerful nutrients—and losing money.

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Check out this TED Talk

I watched this TED Talk and thought you would find it interesting.

Susan Cain: The power of introverts

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The Perils of Discontinuing Your Meds

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One of the most common questions is “when can I stop taking my meds?”

Especially for those whose seizures have been under good control.

It makes sense. Because if you’re doing well, you start to wonder “why do I need these meds anymore”?

This review is organized around four issues:

Does the duration of seizure-freedom influence the risk of recurrence?

Should the epilepsy syndrome influence the decision to stop or continue AEDs?

If daily AEDs are stopped, could intractable epilepsy ensue?

And what’s the risk that someone discontinuing AEDs will die during a recurrence?

Some of the reasons for stopping daily meds include concerns about side-effects…a feeling of well-being…relief from the chore of remembering daily medication…and freedom from the staggering financial burdens.

Most important of all is, an improved quality of life.

Others are seizure-free but choose to continue medication.

They’re happy with stability, concerned about the impact of another…

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Gratitude is the Attitude

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A wise woman once told me:

“When you wake up in the morning — before you get out of bed — think of 5 (or 10!) things that you’re really grateful for.”

(I think 10 is a bit of a stretch.)

That simple advice, changed my attitude. And my life.

We have so much to be grateful for, especially me:

1. For your support, strength and caring…

2. Your smart, sensitive advice…

3. The compassion you share so generously…

4. All of your kind, wise encouragement…

5. Your never-ending love and dedication…

You are MY godsend…today, tomorrow and always.

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Common Epilepsy Triggers

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Epilepsy affects each person differently. Below is a guide to some common seizure triggers. You may not feel or notice anything in particular. Or you may have triggers which are not mentioned here. Keeping a seizure diary is the most effective way of keeping track of what triggers your seizures.

Reflex Epilepsy

Some people notice that their seizures occur in response to very specific stimuli or situations, as if the seizure is an automatic “reflex.”  In this type of seizure, it occurs consistently in relation to a specific trigger. For example, one type of reflex epilepsy is photosensitive epilepsy where seizures are triggered specifically by flashing lights. Other types of reflex epilepsies can be seizures triggered by the act of reading or by noises. These reflex epilepsies are not common. However, knowing the type of epilepsy and trigger is important information for a correct diagnosis. You can then work on eliminating these triggers whenever possible or find…

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Other Voices — Other Lives

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“There were times I asked myself,
‘Is life really worth living?’
Suicide, now there’s a thought,
But would God be forgiving?”

Ed L.

“There’s something liberating in being expected to fail. No expectations, no explanations. After all, “you’ll never amount to anything,” you’re damaged goods. So you’re free to fall on your face. Or reach for the stars. I did both.”

Phylis J.

“We were locked up and used as a guinea pigs to try medications in the ‘testing stage.’ Believe me, they didn’t hesitate when it came to try untested medication.

There were times I was pumped so full of meds I couldn’t walk straight, and it usually just made my seizures worse…

If I had a seizure, they would give more med’s and lock me in the seclusion room.

Sometimes if I had a seizure in the seclusion room, a nurse or attendant would come in and slap me…

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