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Treating and Managing Epilepsy

Posted on March 26, 2021

“There’s much more to epilepsy than just the seizures … there’s the stress and worry of having another seizure, the feeling of a loss of independence,” and more.

That was one key insight that Dr. Jonathan Edwards shared during MyEpilepsyTeam’s live Q&A on March 24, 2021, hosted by MyEpilepsyTeam co-founder Mary Ray.

Dr. Edwards answered members’ questions about how they can gauge whether they might be candidates for surgery, and what other treatment options are available.

Members submitted scores of questions leading up to and during the event, with many MyEpilepsyTeam members curious about whether any upcoming treatments are on the horizon for epilepsy.

Here are some of the things Dr. Edwards discussed during the live Q&A:

  • Whether mood impacts seizure activity
  • The safety of epilepsy surgery when compared to the safety of living with uncontrolled seizures
  • Whether people with epilepsy should get the COVID-19 vaccine

Check out the video to see the entire one-hour discussion, and register to be notified about future upcoming live events on MyEpilepsyTeam.

Disclaimer: The information, including but not limited to, information from presenters, text, graphics, images, and other material shared during this event is for informational purposes only. The information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you heard during this event.

Speakers:

Dr. Jonathan Edwards is professor and chairman of neurology at the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his neurology residency at the University of Maryland and fellowship training in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology at the Cleveland Clinic. After nine years on the faculty at the University of Michigan, the last two of which he served as president of the Michigan Neurological Association, Dr. Edwards joined the MUSC faculty in 2007 as director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. As an epileptologist, Dr. Edwards’ clinical interests include epilepsy treatment, neurophysiology, neurostimulation, epilepsy surgery, functional brain mapping, neurological education, and improving access and quality of care for people with epilepsy. Dr. Edwards is a member of the American Epilepsy Society, the American Academy of Neurology, and the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society. He recently served as president of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society. Dr. Edwards has won numerous awards for teaching, research, and patient advocacy.

Mary Ray, co-founder and COO of MyHealthTeam, has a deep understanding of consumer behavior and social networking, which has made the company’s mobile and web apps a daily habit for millions facing chronic health conditions. Her innovative vision for digital health solutions has transformed the way people connect with others who share their diagnoses, facilitating unfiltered conversation and accelerating access to trusted information. Recognized for building scalable platforms that drive consumer engagement, Mary was honored as a DTC Innovator and a PM360 ELITE in 2019. She has contributed to Forbes and been quoted in industry publications at the intersection of health and technology. She has spoken at conferences including the DTC Forum on Social Media and Technology, Health Datapalooza and Digital Pharma. Mary is an advocate for women in technology and has served as an SXSW mentor and a speaker at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is a graduate of the College of William & Mary School of Business and George Mason University.

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