Updated:   6/14/2013
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Hidden Truths: An annual art show in California features the work of those affected by epilepsy and raises money for the disease.

Kritz, Fran

Neurology Now. 12(4):6-7, August/September 2016.

This Way In: An annual art show in California features the work of those affected by epilepsy and raises money for the disease.

Healing Tails: Service and therapy dogs can transform the lives of people with neurologic conditions such as epilepsy, autism, and multiple sclerosis. Dog owners and other experts ...

Pompilio, Natalie

Neurology Now. 12(1):46-55, February/March 2016.

Service dogs can transform lives for people with epilepsy, autism, and multiple sclerosis. Learn more about their potential benefits.

Jesse's World: Ten years after their son died from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, actors Chris and Marianne Cooper continue to fight for the education rights of kids with...

Carr, Coeli

Neurology Now. 11(6):28-33, December/January 2015.

Ten years after the death of their son, actors Marianne and Chris Cooper continue to advocate for the education rights of children with disabilities.

ProtectYour Pregnancy: Certain neurologic conditions are treated with drugs that may be dangerous or inappropriate for women of reproductive age. We asked experts about the risks...

Gorman, Megan Othersen

Neurology Now. 11(5):48-53, October/November 2015.

Certain neurologic conditions are treated with drugs that may be dangerous for women of reproductive age. We asked the experts about the risks and the alternatives.

Eat to Beat Seizures: The high-fat ketogenic diet can help stop seizures in hard-to-treat epilepsy. Doctors and dietitians explain how it works and how it is implemented.

Carr, Coeli

Neurology Now. 11(5):18-29, October/November 2015.

How the ketogenic diet can help stop seizures in hard-to-treat epilepsy.

The Bunny Slope: The author's epilepsy diagnosis ultimately strengthens her marriage and makes her a safer skier.

Mengason, Alysse

Neurology Now. 11(3):50, June/July 2015.

The author's epilepsy diagnosis ultimately strengthens her marriage and makes her a safer skier.

The Dating Game: Finding a date is always daunting. When you have a neurologic condition, it can be overwhelming. We sought advice from people who've been there to help you...

Shaw, Gina

Neurology Now. 11(3):24-33, June/July 2015.

When you have a neurologic condition, dating can be tricky. We sought advice from people who've been there to help you navigate the challenges.

Demystifying a ‘Curse’: A new documentary explores the stigma of epilepsy in Bhutan and how doctors are combating it.

Hiscott, Rebecca

Neurology Now. 11(3):11, June/July 2015.

Neuro Film Festival: The winning documentary from the 2015 Neuro Film Festival explores epilepsy and stigma in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

Seizure Decisions: After an unprovoked seizure, patients are often left wondering what's next. A new guideline from a panel of epilepsy experts tries to answer that question.

Dolan, Darrach

Neurology Now. 11(3):10-11, June/July 2015.

Guidelines: A new guideline from a panel of experts helps patients determine next steps after an unprovoked seizure.

Weed Backers: Many patients and advocacy groups want medical marijuana legalized in all 50 states. Physicians want more solid research. Today, both are getting their way.

Samson, Kurt

Neurology Now. 11(2):42-44, April/May 2015.

Read about the latest research on medical marijuana for neurologic conditions.

Readers Like Me: We asked 10 subscribers who have been with Neurology Now for 10 years to share their stories. Here's what they told us.

Hiscott, Rebecca

Neurology Now. 11(2):28-31, April/May 2015.

We asked 10 subscribers who have been with Neurology Now since the beginning to share their stories. Here's what they told us.

Turn Staring Into Caring: The stigma of a neurologic disorder can be stressful—and can make symptoms worse. Patients and doctors teach us how to turn negative reactions into...

Stephens, Stephanie

Neurology Now. 11(1):34-38, February/March 2015.

Patients share their strategies for overcoming the stigma associated with a neurologic disorder.

A Pipeline for Hope: Cracking the genetic code of childhood epilepsy.

Shaw, Gina

Neurology Now. 10(6):48-55, December/January 2014.

A national research consortium hopes to unravel the genetics of rare childhood epilepsies and find treatments for children like Natasha Fischer.

Neurology Then and Now: How our understanding of five common neurologic conditions has changed in 30 years.

Gordon, Debra

Neurology Now. 10(6):32-35, December/January 2014.

How our understanding of five common neurologic conditions—Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, migraine, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease—has changed over the last 30 years.

The Keys to Safety: How neurologic conditions affect driving.

Shaw, Gina

Neurology Now. 10(5):14-16, October/November 2014.

Having a neurologic disorder doesn't necessarily mean giving up the car keys. We speak to experts about how common neurologic conditions impact driving, and what you can do to stay safe.

A Mother's Love

Shaw, Gina

Neurology Now. 10(1):28-32, February/March 2014.

Tracy Dixon-Salazar was a stay-at-home mom until her toddler, Savannah, started experiencing uncontrolled and frequent seizures, which turned out to be symptoms of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. In search of treatment, Dixon-Salazar set out on a journey that took her from junior college to a Ph.D. in neuroscience. As a genetic researcher, Dr. Dixon-Salazar has found a way to reduce Savannah's seizures dramatically.

Ask the Experts: Epilepsy

Devinsky, Orrin

Neurology Now. 9(4):42, August/September 2013.

Answers to readers' questions about the relationship between blood sugar and seizures, and the dangers of soccer heading.

Raising His Voice: Actor John O'Hurley honors his sister's memory by raising awareness of epilepsy.

Rukovets, Olga

Neurology Now. 9(4):16-20, August/September 2013.

His iconic portrayal of J. Peterman on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld launched John O'Hurley, with his rich, baritone voice, into worldwide stardom. But of the many roles O'Hurley plays, one is particularly close to his heart—that of epilepsy advocate. Growing up, O'Hurley experienced first-hand the effects of epilepsy on a family when his older sister Carol was diagnosed with the condition.

This Way In: Making Newer Antiepileptic Drugs Available to Children.

Rukovets, Olga

Neurology Now. 9(1):10-11, February-March 2013.

This Way In: The effectiveness of antiepileptic drugs in adults predicts their effectiveness in children, according to a recent study. What does this mean for young patients and their parents?

Going Mobile: Smartphones and other mobile devices can provide real-time information and assistance for people with neurologic problems

Paturel, Amy

Neurology Now. 7(2):23-26, April-May 2011.

People with epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, seizures from tuberous sclerosis, and other neurologic diseases are using cell phones with Web access to upload information on symptoms to their doctors in real time. Mobile devices can even serve as prosthetics for cognitive impairments and help researchers carry out clinical trials. Will digital devices revolutionize the doctor-patient relationship?

Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy: This rare disorder is a call to arms for doctors and patients to control seizures.

Wilner, Andrew

Neurology Now. 6(6):24-26, November-December 2010.

High-profile cases of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), such as the death of John Travolta's son, Jett, have heightened public awareness of this rare disorder. Discussions about SUDEP are increasing between physicians, patients, and their families. Currently, the most effective way to prevent SUDEP appears to be seizure control, but researchers are looking for new ways to prevent it.

Of Mice and Humans

Shaw, Gina

Neurology Now. 6(1):23-25, January-February 2010.

Animal research has been instrumental in developing treatments for multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, stroke, and other neurological disorders. But some animal rights organizations are pushing to have animals given the same legal standing as humans, which would effectively ban all animal research since animals cannot give “informed consent.”

Rolle With It


Neurology Now. 5(5):16-18,22, September-October 2009.

“Epilepsy is nothing to hide or be embarrassed about,” says Baltimore Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle. By speaking openly about his seizures, Rolle has helped show the National Football League—and the world—that epilepsy is a manageable disease, not something to be shrouded in mystery.

Eating Well for Epilepsy


Neurology Now. 5(1):17-19,23, January-February 2009.

Epilepsy is the most common major childhood neurologic disorder in the United States. For the children who don't respond to antiepileptic medication, the ketogenic diet—which contains a large amount of fat and few carbohydrates—may be effective treatment.

The Seizures No One Wants to Talk About


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.

Driving advice for people with epilepsy, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's, and their families.

Wilner, Andrew

Neurology Now. 4(4):17,18,23, July-August 2008.

Many people with neurological conditions—such as epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease face driving challenges. However, regular driving assessments, treatment of those conditions, and access to alternative modes of transportation can help ensure that people retain their independence without endangering themselves or others.

Women and Epilepsy


Neurology Now. 4(3):17-19,23-25, May-June 2008.

Nearly 1 million women and girls in the United States are affected by epilepsy. This article discusses the ramifications that epilepsy holds for women —from the impact of menstruation on seizures to the effects of antiepileptic drugs on pregnancy—and provides practical advice to help women manage epilepsy instead of letting it manage them.

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