28 New Epilepsy Medicines In Development

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A newly-released report from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has revealed that 28 new medications are in development to treat epilepsy and seizures.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

These 28 new drugs are among nearly 420 new ground-breaking medicines in progress to treat neurological disorders.

Of the 28 epilepsy medicines listed in the report, seven are in or have completed phase one of development, eight are in or have completed phase two and, thirteen are in or have completed phase three.

The large number of drugs currently in clinical trials provides a measure of hope for patients whose epilepsy is not controlled with currently available medication.

In the future, this range of antiepileptic drugs will probably increase because of the use of new animal models, discovery of new basic mechanisms of epileptogenesis, acceleration of proof of principle studies in people, and development of new methods…

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24/7 Epilepsy Foundation Helpline

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Do you have questions about seizures or epilepsy?

The Epilepsy Foundation’s Helpline is now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Trained information specialists are now standing by to answer your questions.

Each year more than 14,000 people contact the Helpline. The most common topics include:

  • Treatment options for seizures and other medical concerns
  • Legal issue assistance
  • Seizure safety and first aid assistance
  • Financial assistance
  • Information and materials requests
  • Finding a support group

Accredited information specialists who have more than 70 years of combined experience are available to answer your epilepsy-related questions and to connect you to the best support services.

The Helpline maintains an online database with detailed information on hundreds of national and local resources that support people with epilepsy and their families.

(You can search this database also at: epilepsy.com/epilepsy-seizures-247-helpline-resources.)

Using this comprehensive database, they can quickly find and connect you to the necessary…

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The Staggering Costs of Epilepsy

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The fact that epilepsy is expensive is no secret. The meds, medical care, the doctors’ visits, hospital bills, health costs, the injuries and finally, the cost of self-esteem.

The statistics are sobering but true…

Epilepsy results in an estimated annual cost of $15.5 billion in medical costs and lost or reduced earnings and production.

Total hospital cost was estimated at $532.4 million and expenditures for physician services were $76.7 million.

The average cost of an emergency department visit related to epilepsy is $707.

$33,006 is the average annual cost incurred by people with epilepsy visits due to uncontrolled seizures.

$1,800 is the average cost per day for U.S. hospital admission of a person with epilepsy/convulsions.

$317,000 is the average lifetime wages lost by men who continue to have seizures.

 $140,000 is the average lifetime wages lost by women who continue to have seizures.

More than 50% of people with seizures…

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If you don’t have a chronic illness, don’t talk about your spoons

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If you don’t have a chronic illness, don’t talk about your spoons

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What Donald Trump Can Teach Us About Political Correctness

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I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve heard the phrase “political correctness” used approvingly and without irony. I’ve long since lost track of the number of times I’ve heard it used derisively. I regard it as one of the central ironies of modern politics that it hasn’t been politically correct to be politically correct since the notion first became a household term. This hasn’t stopped people from proudly proclaiming (often to great applause) the brave mantle of ‘Political Incorrectness’. Indeed, countless courageous souls have made sure we all know how little regard they have for political correctness. The near universal disregard for political correctness, as such doesn’t seem to faze its detractors. It pretty well goes without saying that if the subject is political correctness, the correct thing to say is that you’re against it. Do that, and you earn all kinds of points for being…

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Domestic Violence — When Love Goes Wrong

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Carol found herself in a cycle of violence from the time she was a child. By adulthood, she had already experienced multiple beatings and hospitalizations.

In the most recent attack, her husband beat her with a board, leaving her with permanent brain damage and a life-long disability.

As a result of her injury, she now has frequent seizures, difficulty with balance, and is terrified to leave her home for fear of having a seizure or falling.

Domestic violence does not just leave deep psychological scars on its victims — it also leaves physical ones — often in the form of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Despite this, we fail to recognize the effects a brain injury may have on a victim of domestic violence.

Short term memory loss, mood swings, seizures, these are just a few examples of the legacy that TBI leaves behind.

Both brain injury and domestic violence are…

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