Epilepsy

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  • Neuroscience Institute offers free webinar on seizures

    September 10, 2020

    Seizures — a sudden and uncontrollable electrical disturbance in the brain that can affect your behavior, body movement and even consciousness — are often connected with epilepsy but can also be triggered by a lack of sleep, stress, medication or alcohol use. To help you understand the condition more, Dr….

  • Virtual Health: Now You Can Get Medical Care From Your Home

    April 16, 2020

    As Connecticut enters the surge stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, with state officials urging residents to “Stay Safe, Stay Home,” Hartford HealthCare will now offer access to most of its primary care, specialty and behavioral health providers through virtual health technology. More than 1,300 medical providers — including 550-plus primary…

  • Here’s What To Do if You Need, or Have, a Doctor’s Appointment

    March 18, 2020

    A message to patients from Dr. James Cardon, Hartford HealthCare Chief Clinical Integration Officer: Dear Patient: COVID-19, the new coronavirus, has affected all of us. To protect the people and communities we serve, Hartford HealthCare has put in place these policies and procedures for staff, patients and guests. If you have…

  • How Specialty Care Can Lower Risk of Death From Epilepsy

    February 24, 2020

    Patients getting epilepsy care in a specialty center had a lower chance of death, according to a Canadian study released in the Journal of the American Medical Society Neurology. Dr. Gabriel Martz, director of The Epilepsy Center at Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute, said in some cases the challenges of…

  • Why the Census Is a Healthcare Issue

    January 24, 2020

    By Jeffrey A. Flaks Hartford HealthCare President and Chief Executive Officer and Sarah S. Lewis Hartford HealthCare Vice President, Health Equity Among the New Year’s resolutions that you’ve made (or maybe already broken), here’s one that should be easy to keep: Complete your U.S. Census form, and encourage everyone you…

  • Why It’s Buyer Beware With Hemp CBD

    October 30, 2019

    As cannabidiol, or CBD, becomes more and more popular as a treatment for chronic pain, Dr. Jonathan Kost, Medical Director of the Hartford Hospital Pain Treatment Center, warns that it’s important to be aware of the possible risks associated with these products extracted from hemp. Only one CBD medication has…

  • When is a Seizure Defined as Epilepsy?

    April 08, 2019

    When signals in the brain misfire for whatever reason, the result can be a seizure that can include violent, spastic movements, foaming at the mouth and loss of consciousness. When someone has multiple seizures that are unpredictable, it may be epilepsy. “Epilepsy is characterized by seizures but people can have…

  • Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute to Add ‘Level 4 Epilepsy Center’

    January 15, 2019

    The Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute is preparing to add “Level 4 Epilepsy Center” to its list of designations and achievements, with providers and an operational team tackling the steps required to make that possible. To earn the designation from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, the Ayer Neuroscience Institute must provide a variety…

  • Epilepsy: What Happens After You’re Diagnosed?

    December 11, 2018

    Nearly 60,000 people in Connecticut live with epilepsy. There are many different types of epilepsy and seizures — and they can come out of nowhere. Hartford HealthCare epileptologist Dr. Erica Schuyler explains.   Q. What is epilepsy? A: Epilepsy is recurrent, unprovoked seizures – caused by abnormal electrical activity in the…

  • Brain-Protein Study Could Lead To New Epilepsy Drugs

    September 04, 2018

    Research identifying the role of a specific protein in the brain in triggering epileptic seizures could spark creation of a new family of medications to help patients with the disease, according to Dr. Gabriel Martz,  director of the Epilepsy Center at the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute. The research, published in…


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