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Voices of Epilepsy

Summerfest camper enjoys experience so much she wants to become a camp counsellor

October 8, 2015

By Deron Hamel Isabella has attended Summerfest Camp since she was nine. Now 15, Isabella attended her last Summerfest Camp experience this past summer, but she has plans to continue her relationship with the camp, which provides a variety of outdoor experiences for children and youths with epilepsy. Knowing the difference the camp makes to…

Mother credits Summerfest Camp for daughter’s enhanced confidence and independence

October 1, 2015

By Deron Hamel Enhanced confidence, independence and making friends – these are the main benefits Philippa Howell says her daughter, Georgina, has garnered since she started attending Summerfest Camp five years ago. Georgina, 13, is living with intractable myoclonic epilepsy as well as autism. She has been attending the camp since she was eight. In…

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…

Tongue-choking and other epilepsy myths debunked

September 17, 2015

By Deron Hamel This week’s edition of Voices of Epilepsy looks at some of the common myths about seizure disorders and helps set the record straight on everything from how to react when a person is having a seizure to how epilepsy affects a person’s ability to hold a driver’s licence. One of the most…