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November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month…It’s Time to Get Seizure Smart!
National Epilepsy Awareness Month…It’s Time to Get Seizure Smart!
Foundation Eastern Pennsylvania
Joins Nationwide Effort to Raise Awareness about Epilepsy
– This November, in recognition of November Epilepsy
Awareness Moth, the Epilepsy Foundation Eastern PA joins a
national movement to bring awareness to what a seizure is and is not. The goal
of the campaign is to educate Pennsylvanians about epilepsy, seizure
recognition and seizure first aid.
“It is estimated that 109,000 people living in
eastern PA have epilepsy, yet many people have serious misperceptions about how
to recognize seizure symptoms and provide the right kind of aid,” said Allison
McCartin, Executive Director of the EFEPA. “This month, we are joining
organizations around the country to raise awareness about the importance of
the month of November, the Foundation will host a series of seizure awareness
events to educate the local community, including an Epilepsy Education and
Information Exchange on Saturday, November 12th at the ACE Conference
Center in Lafayette Hill.
The purpose of the program is to educate individuals living with epilepsy and
their caregivers. Topics will include current information about
epilepsy/seizure disorder, treatments and quality of life issues, and
psychological aspects of the disorder. Other events
will extend throughout the organization’s 18-county service area, including a
support group run bowling fundraiser, “Strike Out for Epilepsy” in Wilkes-Barre
and a new Young Adults Epilepsy group in Lancaster. This unique support group
is open to anyone age 14 to 22, who is affected by epilepsy.
The EFEPA will distribute educational resources throughout the
community to schools, churches, gyms and restaurants through their public
education campaign. In addition, posters will be aboard SEPTA’s Regional Rails
and local store windows and buildings will be decorated in lavender, the
international color of epilepsy. Buildings and landmarks in Philadelphia
will also be lit lavender in honor of this month, including both Liberty
Places, the National Constitution Center,
the Cira Center,
Bridge, Philadelphia Police
Headquarters and the Ben
challenges all Pennsylvanians to “Get Seizure Smart” by learning how to
identify a seizure and know how to respond when someone is having a seizure.
The Foundation’s website (www.efepa.org)
and Facebook page, delivers tools to help people spread the word about National
Epilepsy Awareness Month. It features an interactive quiz, seizure first aid
fact sheets, a calendar of awareness month events and other resources.
Epilepsy Awareness Month is set aside to focus attention on the nearly 3
million people impacted by epilepsy,” said McCartin. “Epilepsy Foundation
Eastern Pennsylvania is one of nearly 50 Epilepsy Foundations working to
improve the quality of life for people with epilepsy in local
communities.”When a person has two or
more unprovoked seizures, they are considered to have epilepsy. A seizure is an
abnormal electrical discharge in the brain. Seizures can be caused by head
injuries, lack of oxygen at birth, brain tumors and other health conditions.
This year, another 200,000 people in our country will be diagnosed with
epilepsy. To date, there is no known cure and for 70 percent of all cases there
is no known cause.
more information about epilepsy, or National Epilepsy Awareness Month
activities, please visit www.efepa.org or
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Continuous spike-wave in slow wave sleep syndrome (CSWS) is a rare epilepsy syndrome in which children lose a wide range of developmental abilities, including language, motor skills, memory, and visuospatial skills. This syndrome occurs in school-aged children. Development prior to onset of CSWS may be normal, but children with CSWS often have some pre-existing learning difficulties. In many children there is no known cause of epilepsy, although some children are found to have abnormal brain formation or have a prior history of brain infection. We still do not understand how these structural changes result in the continuous EEG discharge.
Many, but not all, children with CSWS also have seizures. There can be many different seizure types, including absence, generalized tonic-clonic, and focal seizures. The seizures can be difficult to treat. Even in those who already had learning difficulties, there is a clear loss of skills across multiple deve…
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