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The Silent Issue: Can seizures be fatal?

By Dr. Locatelli

In the wake of the tragic death of Jett Travolta, many of my patients have come to me with overwhelming concern over their own mortalities. This is a topic that people are uncomfortable talking about but one that is necessary for peace of mind.
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We’re Celebrating the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit’s One-Year Anniversary

By Dr. Locatelli

This week, we celebrated the epilepsy monitoring unit’s (EMU) one-year anniversary, and we could not be more pleased with its success. We designed the unit and operate it in conjunction with Holy Cross Hospital.
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Do seizures affect memory?

By Eduardo Locatelli, MD

People who experience epileptic seizures usually speak about memory loss. Since seizures create electrical impulses in the brain, the brain function in the affected area can be disrupted or even destroyed. If seizures originate from the temporal lobe of the brain, for example, memory can potentially be affected. If seizures happen frequently, memory difficulties can happen more often.
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Identifying area of brain responsible for memory loss can lead to better treatment.

By Eduardo Locatelli, MD

We are learning more and more about how to identify the range of memory impairments associated with epilepsy and link them to specific areas of the brain. This knowledge is helping us to offer better treatments and assist in the rehabilitation of people whose memories have been impaired.
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Study shows brain surgery for temporal lobe epilepsy can extend life expectancy

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, surgery to remove a small portion of the brain responsible for causing seizures may help some patients with temporal lobe epilepsy live as much as five years longer than those on anti-seizure drugs. Successful epilepsy surgery can eliminate seizures completely allowing patients to enjoy a much better quality of life.
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Are you still looking for your keys?

By Dr. Locatelli

Misplaced keys. A forgotten name. A lost thought. As we age, these issues create a familiar and worrisome question: am I losing my memory?
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Challenge your memory and gain with brain games and exercises.

By Dr. Eduardo Locatelli

Writer Nancy Christie at EverydayHealth.com recently interviewed me about the increasing popularity of brain games and their benefits. When it comes to brain games or memory exercises, I tell my patients to “use it and keep it.”
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If you have epilepsy, is it safe to drink alcohol?

By Dr. Eduardo Locatelli

Excessive drinking is not good for anyone. For people with epilepsy, drinking excessively can induce seizures because of the effect alcohol has on the brain.The effects of alcohol can temporarily reduce seizures for a few hours, but then increase the chances of having seizures as the alcohol leaves your body. Alcohol can also interact with anti-epileptic drugs, making them less effective. Heavy drinking can also lead to missed dosages of medications, lack of sleep, and a patient’s overall well-being, which can trigger seizures.
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Screen for Depression during Financial Stress and Economic Crisis

October 10th is National Depression Screening Day.

The current economic and financial crisis has created increased pressure on all of us. As many struggle with the uncertainty of whether or not they will continue to have a job, others deal with the challenges of laying people off, many of whom may have been colleagues and friends. With stress reaching epidemic numbers, many struggle with staying healthy during rough times. Stress affects the most vulnerable systems: some people will experience frequent migraine headaches, whereas others will develop gastrointestinal problems, and others will have high blood pressure. Stress may trigger panic attacks in some people and will affect others with clinical depression.
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Watch us on WFOR Channel 4 -Retraining the Brain

By Dr. Locatelli

Cognitive retraining therapy helps many of our patients regain function in areas of the brain – such as organization, attention, memory, and problem solving – that have been affected by seizures or brain injury.

Watch us on the WFOR Channel 4 5:00 p.m. newscast on Thursday, October 2 as we discuss and demontrate our techniques.



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