Category Archives: From The Experts

We are launching a new video series to EMPOWER Women and Girls Living with Epilepsy.  Today we hear from Dr. Richmond Akatue from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee on: Does every women living with epilepsy need a primary care doctor?      Dr. Richmond Akatue is an Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Akatue serves […]

We are launching a new video series to EMPOWER Women and Girls Living with Epilepsy.  Today we hear from Dr. Gregory Mathews from Silver Springs, Maryland on: How to Find a Doctor & Coordinating Your Care    Dr. Mathews is a neurologist in Silver Spring, Maryland and he owns a practice specializing in the diagnosis […]

We are launching new videos this month for patients and the medical community.  We wanted to share with you one of our videos that will be used for educating physicians as well as the medical community as a whole.  My Epilepsy Story (MES) believes that we need to educate the patient as well the medical […]

Today Dr. Chetan R. Mukundan will answer a few questions from parents about finding a pediatrician to care for your daughter and her epilepsy.  We want you to remember that we are working together as a team with the Pediatric Neurologist to care for your daughter.  We are also teaching your daughter to learn about […]

  Background – Why? In the early 2000’s, results from several antiepileptic drug (AED) pregnancy registries revealed that valproate the highest risks of AEDs for congenital malformations. In addition around the same time, researchers from the NIH NEAD study examined the short and long-term outcomes in babies exposed to four different AEDs during pregnancy.  From […]

Catamenial Epilepsy: What is it, and what can be done about it?     Catamenial epilepsy is not a specific type of epilepsy or type of seizure.  The term simply refers to a situation for women with epilepsy who are of reproductive age who have seizures in association with their menstrual cycle.  Therefore, the term […]

Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Neurologist   Transitions are always difficult, but can also be rewarding when done with preparation and awareness of the important issues.  It can be particularly difficult to leave the neurologist who may have been the one who diagnosed you with epilepsy and guided you through difficult times. There are several […]

Graduations have come to an end and the summer is here.   I sit here thinking about attending our “Oldest Daughter, Ire”, from another set of parents, high school graduation at the end of May.  As we sat watching her graduate from Franklin High School it reminded me of how quickly the school years go by […]

The FDA approval of EPIDIOLEX will soon bring to market the first plant based drug derived from the cannabis plant in the U.S.  Studies in the U.S. of Epidiolex (a plant based cannabidiol or “CBD” formulation) have been ongoing for a number of years. Data from these studies has helped to provide evidence that led […]

The first article I would like to discuss is about fertility in women with epilepsy. This is a topic I (understandably) get many questions about in my clinic and am happy to have a study to refer to now. There are so many stigmas associated with women with epilepsy and their ability to conceive. Up […]