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Absence seizures: what they look like and how to react

February 11, 2016

By Deron Hamel The scene is a play rehearsal. Two high-school students, a boy and a girl, are practising their parts. Suddenly, the girl pauses. She stares blankly, appearing lost in her thoughts. Several seconds pass. She then she resumes speaking, as though nothing has happened. One of the students asks another if a teacher…

Sharing stories of epilepsy helps empower others

November 26, 2015

By Deron Hamel When people share their stories about living with epilepsy it often inspires others to do the same. This not only helps build a stronger community among those living with epilepsy, but many of these stories also provide hope to those living with seizure disorders. Steve Rutledge contacted Epilepsy Ontario in February to…

2,000% price hike on infantile spasms medication ‘predatory behaviour’: Neurologist

September 24, 2015

By Deron Hamel A 2,000-per-cent price hike on a medication to treat infantile spasms is “predatory behaviour” on the part of Questcor Pharmaceuticals, and drug companies could hike prices on other seizure medications if policies aren’t put into place, says pediatric neurologist Dr. Carter Snead. Infantile spasms – also called West syndrome – is a…

Possibility of life-enhancing change energizes new executive director

May 28, 2015

By Lisa Bailey With involvement at the local, provincial and national level of epilepsy agencies, Paul Raymond has gained new perspective on the realities and challenges for people living with the seizure disorder. Now, as Epilepsy Ontario’s new executive director, he’s energized by the prospect of helping to change the landscape and enhance the lives…