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Amy Nabors Biviano considers herself fortunate.
Some motorists reported being stranded for 48 hours, and that locals were providing food “at exorbitant prices.” A line continued to form as more drivers arrived hoping to cross the Columbia River.
Another friend posted his time from a weekend marathon, explaining that it was both a personal record at the distance (26.22 miles, to be exact), and a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon for his age group. I hope he gets the chance to run in Boston. For a runner, that’s the one you dream of running someday. But on this particular Sunday I was in awe.
Spokane resident Amy Biviano, diagnosed 26 years ago with epilepsy, plans to do a double marathon – 52.4 miles – to raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation as part of the San Francisco Marathon on July 28. Eight days after the grueling run, she’ll check into UCSF for the first round of brain surgery.
FDA approval of a new cannabis-based epilepsy drug may open the doors for more treatments.
Less than a year after he was diagnosed with epilepsy, Casey Schorr learned he might have an option beyond medication: brain surgery.
Ryan Day has never used cannabis in his life.
An oil derived from the marijuana plant sharply reduces violent seizures in young people suffering from a rare, severe form of epilepsy, according to a study published Wednesday that gives more hope to parents who have been clamoring for access to the medication. Cannabidiol cut the median number of monthly convulsive seizures from 12.4 to 5.9 in 52 children with Dravet syndrome who took the medication over a 14-week test period, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Fifty-six children using a placebo saw the number of seizures drop only from a median of 14.9 to 14.1 per month.
A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study that strengthens the case for more research into pot’s possible health benefits.
In a recent editorial in Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology, a group of experts sounded the alarm on what they call a greatly underestimated problem. “Despite clear evidence of an important public health problem,” they write, “efforts to assess and prevent epilepsy-related deaths remain inadequate.”
Four Idaho children are now taking a drug derived from marijuana to treat severe epilepsy under a limited state program, Idaho lawmakers learned Monday, and 18 more kids are being screened for the program.
One October night during her 2014 campaign for Spokane County treasurer, Amy Biviano began to feel the telltale sensations of a seizure coming on. The timing couldn’t have sucked more.
Most residents know lilac is Spokane’s color. But most probably don’t know that lilac or purple is also the color of epilepsy awareness. Chris Engle knows. Engle was diagnosed with epilepsy “out of the blue” shortly after his 20th birthday in 2007. Two tonic-clonic – also known as grand mal – seizures in two days sent him to the emergency room, where he had yet another seizure.
Testifying as a victim, a federal judge Wednesday explained how a prolific South Hill burglar traumatized his family, forcing him night after night to explain to his young children that they would be safe to sleep through the night. The family of the admitted burglar, 32-year-old Nathan D. Moore, then launched an emotional plea for leniency in Spokane County Superior Court, blaming his bizarre behavior on adverse reactions to new medications used to control debilitating seizures.
So many things can happen to kids as they grow up. They fall out of trees. They get chicken pox and blisters and hit in the head with balls. They fall off bikes. Parents know and expect this and fix things with bandages and hugs and kisses. Sometimes a Band-Aid will not do. Sometimes, a healthy 12-year-old girl wakes up one day and has a seizure. Then she has another one. And within a month she has as many as 20 seizures a day. Nothing can stop them – no drugs, no other treatment – and at one point exasperated physicians and specialists recommend inducing a coma to give the girl a break.
So many things can happen to kids as they grow up. They fall out of trees. They get chicken pox and blisters and hit in the head with balls. They fall off bikes. Parents know and expect this and fix things with bandages and hugs and kisses. Sometimes a Band-Aid will not do. Sometimes, a healthy 12-year-old girl wakes up one day and has a seizure. Then she has another one. And within a month she has as many as 20 seizures a day – nothing can stop them, no drugs, no other treatment, and at one point exasperated physicians and specialists recommend inducing a coma to give the girl a break.
Q. Does Topamax cause complete lack of sexual desire? And I do mean complete! A. Topamax (topiramate) is prescribed for epilepsy, but it also is used to prevent migraine headaches. Your short question implies a lot of frustration and sent us hunting for an answer.