November/December 2008 - Volume 4 - Issue 6
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From the Editor

Letter

the Waiting Room: This Way in

the Waiting Room: Screening Room

Penny Wise

Living Well

Ask the Experts: Your Questions Answered

Resource Central

Speak Up


Greg Grunberg

From Hero to Advocate

CHILDERS, LINDA

Neurology Now . 4(6):15-17, November/December 2008.

TV viewers may recognize Greg Grunberg from his starring role as telepathic detective Matt Parkman on the hit show Heroes. What most people don't realize is that the role closest to Grunberg's heart is advocating on behalf of his 12-year-old son Jake—as well as the roughly 45,000 children under the age of 15 who develop epilepsy each year.

Genetic Testing

Risky Business

TALAN, JAMIE

Neurology Now . 4(6):18-22, November/December 2008.

Since the sequencing of the human genome was completed in 2003, researchers have found risk genes for numerous medical conditions. Now, there is a growing number of companies offering genetic tests directly to customers. But how valid and helpful are these test results for the average consumer?

Seizure

The Seizures No One Wants to Talk About

STUMP, ELIZABETH

Neurology Now . 4(6):23-26, November/December 2008.

Approximately one-third of epilepsy patients have uncontrollable seizures that don't respond to medication. And about 15–30 percent of these patients actually have psychogenic non-epileptic seizures, which are caused not by abnormal electrical discharges in the brain but by underlying psychological disturbances. One major obstacle on the path to treatment is acceptance of the diagnosis.