Over 3.5 million people in the US have epilepsy. As many as 1 in 26 people in the US will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. Over 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy, but as many as 1 in 10 will experience a seizure.
Biomarkers are an essential component of research into any condition. They have a multitude of uses and each biomarker might even have multiple use cases; some biomarkers might even be used to influence or understand other biomarkers. Like all parts of research, biomarkers evolve.
Health conditions do not exist in a vacuum. You can’t separate a condition from the broader world of cells, tissues, organs, humans, populations, or external factors. Even conveying the scope of a condition can be a perplexing ordeal. We don’t first recognize conditions without understanding how the affected individual is supposedly abnormal compared to a person who does not appear to be affected by any condition.
Epilepsy has been recorded as long ago as 2000 BC and was believed to be an illness inflicted by the gods, or possession of evil spirits. Hippocrates instead attributed the disease, then called the ‘sacred disease’, to a medicinal cause, and laid the groundwork for the world to see epilepsy as a neurological condition worthy of education and support.
Vagus nerve stimulation is a treatment that has been occasionally used to treat epilepsy, treatment-resistant depression, and even Alzheimer’s dementia. Are you familiar with this unusual treatment? Are you familiar with the vagus nerve? Though it’s not commonly known, it’s a critical part of your nervous system and has many potential clinical implications. Let’s chat about the vagus nerve and vagus nerve stimulation, but first, some background and context.
Missed appointments aren’t just missed appointments: They’re missed opportunities for early detection
There are perfectly reasonable explanations for why people are missing or canceling appointments, but these canceled appointments aren’t just missed appointments: they’re missed opportunities to detect conditions where there is an understanding that early detection can help patients maintain a higher quality of life for a longer period of time.
EEGs – or electroencephalograms – are used to diagnose many neurological conditions. Depending on the condition, your health care provider may order one of four different types of EEGs.