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Category: Clinician’s Corner

Members of our Professional Advisory Board (PAB) periodically offer in-depth articles on topics relevant and interesting to the epilepsy community

Pharmacy Closures and What This Means for the Epilepsy Community

- Clinician's Corner

By: Jeannine Conway, PharmD, BCPS You may have seen news stories of pharmacy staff walking out of the pharmacy due to a stressful environment and unsafe understaffing. You may have also experienced finding your pharmacy closed due to short-staffing. Why is this happening?Community pharmacy is not immune to the challenges

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An Essential Vitamin for Women of Childbearing Age: The Folate/Folic Acid Story

- Clinician's Corner

By: Dr. Patricia Penovich, EFMN Professional Advisory Board Chair This story is for all women who have the potential to conceive and bear a child, whether she has epilepsy or not. The special emphasis for women with epilepsy is because these young women are usually taking anti-seizure medications (ASMs) to aid

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Sleep and Seizures

- Clinician's Corner

By Kathleen Rieke, MD – CentraCare, Member of Professional Advisory Board at EFMN Sleep is an essential activity that supports healthy brain functioning and allows one to maintain physical health. During sleep, the electrical and hormonal activity in the brain change. These changes reduce stress, improve concentration, help regulate mood,

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Medical Cannabis in Minnesota

- Clinician's Corner

By Jeannine M. Conway, PharmD, BCPS, FAES The legal landscape of cannabis is changing significantly in Minnesota and throughout the United States. It is helpful to be clear on terminology. Medical cannabis and recreational cannabis can be the same product with the intent of use being what differentiates it. Phytocannabinoids

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Getting the Most Out of Your Epilepsy Care

- Clinician's Corner

By Douglas Heck, PhD Licensed Psychologist, and Tess Sierzant, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CNRN Seeking and maintaining effective epilepsy care is a different experience for everyone. For some, it’s a very straightforward process of working with a physician and staying on medication that brings about good seizure control. For others, it’s

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Clinician’s Corner: A Puzzle to be Solved: What is a Non-Epileptic Seizure?

- Clinician's Corner

By Dr. Patricia Penovich  A non-epileptic seizure is an event that looks to all those who observe it like the person is having an s epileptic seizure. Yet it is not an epileptic seizure. An epileptic seizure is the result of disordered brain cells firing excessively and not being shut

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Clinician’s Corner: Considering the Genetic Epilepsies – the Practitioner’s Challenges, Opportunities, and Rewards

- Clinician's Corner

What have we learned about COVID and epilepsy and its effects on seizures among adults and children? An update with two years of information.

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Clinician’s Corner: What the Devil is a Seizure Action Plan and an Acute Seizure Action Plan?

- Clinician's Corner

What have we learned about COVID and epilepsy and its effects on seizures among adults and children? An update with two years of information.

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Clinician’s Corner: Impact of COVID on People With Epilepsy, an Update

- Clinician's Corner

What have we learned about COVID and epilepsy and its effects on seizures among adults and children? An update with two years of information.

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Clinician’s Corner: Caring for the Caregiver

- Clinician's Corner

By: Dr. Kathleen Rieke, CentraCare The last two articles in this series focused on epilepsy self-management. They encompassed topics such as managing medications, maximizing communication with providers, and taking an active role in seizure management. This final topic focuses on an often overlooked but profoundly important element to the health

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