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Autism and epilepsy: Dr. Colin Reilly and Dr. Stéphane Auvin

Compared with the general population, epilepsy is more common in people with autism—and autism is more common in people with epilepsy. How can autism affect the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, and vice versa? Joy Mazur spoke to Dr. Colin...
16-Nov-2023 9:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Cannabinoids, endocannabinoids, and epilepsy: Dr. Raphael Mechoulam

Dr. Raphael Mechoulam was an organic chemist and the father of cannabis research. He passed away in March 2023. This episode is a remastering of a conversation between Dr. Mechoulam and Dr. Meir Bialer, held in 2018 at the 13th European Congress on...
16-Nov-2023 9:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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La epilepsia y el sujetador deportivo: extraños compañeros de cama

La epilepsia descontrolada de Lisa Lindahl la obligó a ser creativa a la hora de trabajar. En 1977 inventó el sujetador deportivo, que cambió la vida de miles de millones de mujeres y niñas en todo el mundo, y ahora es un mercado global de...
15-Nov-2023 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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After epilepsy surgery: Managing expectations and care

Before surgery, people with epilepsy undergo evaluation, extensive testing, and lots of time with medical teams. But some professionals and advocates argue that after surgery, people are unfairly left to manage treatment and care without much help...
13-Nov-2023 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Surmonter les obstacles chirurgicaux dans les zones à faibles ressources

Jusqu'à la moitié des personnes atteintes d'épilepsie résistante aux médicaments (EFR) peuvent bénéficier d'une intervention chirurgicale. Cependant, dans de nombreuses régions à faibles ressources, la mise en place d'un programme...
10-Nov-2023 3:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Epilepsy and the sports bra: Strange bedfellows

Lisa Lindahl’s uncontrolled epilepsy forced her to get creative when it came to employment. In 1977 she invented the sports bra, which changed the lives of billions of women and girls around the world and is now a multi-billion-dollar global...
8-Nov-2023 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Attorney turned author pens an epilepsy-focused novel: Sara Staggs

Sara Staggs was a civil rights attorney when her doctors told her to stop practicing law: her seizures had become too frequent. Staggs' new novel, "Uncontrollable," fictionalizes her experience and explores the impact of epilepsy.
3-Nov-2023 7:30 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Overcoming epilepsy surgery barriers in low-resource areas

Up to half of people with drug-resistant epilepsy can benefit from surgery, but fewer than one in four low- and middle-income countries can offer surgery as a treatment. Challenges include limited resources and education, and stigma.
3-Nov-2023 7:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Cerebral amyloid angiopathy, seizures, and epilepsy: Dr. Brin Freund

Sixty percent of patients with dementia on autopsy studies have cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) pathology. This episode discusses the relationship between CAA and epilepsy through the lens of a recent publication. Dr. Alina Ivaniuk talks with Dr....
4-Oct-2023 2:05 PM EDT

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Epilepsy care in Ukraine, one year later: Some crises have subsided, but others loom large

When the full-scale war in Ukraine began, anti-seizure medication supplies disappeared and some families left the country for safety. How has the past year affected people with epilepsy in Ukraine and their families, as well as the physicians who...
21-Mar-2023 2:15 PM EDT

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Shining a light on stigma and discrimination in epilepsy

Stigma leads to discrimination and can affect all aspects of a person’s life. Dr. Bruna Nucera talked with Mary Secco from the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) about addressing stigma through listening to people with epilepsy and their...
10-Mar-2023 9:50 AM EST

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Epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease: Are there connections?

Alzheimer's disease is a risk factor for epilepsy - and epilepsy is a risk factor for Alzheimer's. We spoke with Dr. Andrew Cole and Dr. Alice Lam about the latest research and some intriguing findings that suggest links between these two conditions.
7-Nov-2022 9:35 AM EST

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Career development profile: Dr. Meriem Bensalem-Owen

From medical training during a civil war to starting Kentucky's first epilepsy fellowship program, Dr. Meriem Bensalem-Owen talks with Sharp Waves about her career journey.
4-Nov-2022 10:05 AM EDT

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What is autoimmune-associated epilepsy: Dr. Claude Steriade

What is autoimmune-associated epilepsy, and how is it different from acute seizures with an autoimmune cause? How can clinicians best diagnose and treat these conditions? Sharp Waves reporter Dr. Maryam Nabavi-Nouri spoke with Dr. Claude Steriade.
3-Oct-2022 12:05 PM EDT

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Epigenetics in epilepsy and the Michael Prize: Dr. Katja Kobow

Though she became involved in epilepsy epigenetics research “by accident,” Katja Kobow is already one of the leading researchers in the field, and the most recent recipient of the prestigious Michael Prize. Sharp Waves talked with her about the...
3-Jun-2022 9:30 AM EDT

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Epilepsy and Pregnancy: A Conversation with Dr. Page Pennell

Can women with epilepsy get pregnant, give birth to healthy babies, and breastfeed? What are the myths and misconceptions, and what do physicians and women need to know? Dr. Anca Arbune interviews Dr. Page Pennell about the latest research and...
16-May-2022 12:05 PM EDT

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