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Epilepsy Foundation Touching Lives fundraiser

15 Dec

Below is a letter from the Epilepsy Foundation discussing their Fundraiser.

I know you are extra special. You have compassion for people with epilepsy. You’ve shown it through your support of the Epilepy Foundation. Thank you so much.

I want to tell you about another way you can touch even more lives this holiday season. You can make a donation in honor or memory of a loved one.

It’s a gift you’ll feel good about giving. It’s a gift that will help us find a cure…And until that day, make living with epilepsy a little bit easier.

We have several beautiful cards for you to choose from that we can send to your honoree or the person you choose. You can see some of the cards below.

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Click here to make a gift in honor of a loved one.

It will make the perfect gift for someone special. It will touch so many lives and hearts.

Thank you and best wishes throughout this season of joy and giving.

Warm Regards,

Ellen L. Woods
Vice President, Development

Motor vehicle accidents, suicides, and assaults in epilepsy: A population-based study

24 Feb

I seem to be in epidemiology mode today, so I decided to post this abstract that I found interesting. Are people with epilepsy more prone to car accidents or suicide? Apparently not. Are they more prone to being assaulted? Assaulted as in resulting in injury? Yes.

I am unclear how many factors they were testing, so it is difficult to know how much these could be by chance.

Motor vehicle accidents, suicides, and assaults in epilepsy: A population-based study.

Kwon C, Liu M, Quan H, Thoo V, Wiebe S, Jetté N.

From the Departments of Clinical Neurosciences (C.K., S.W., N.J.) and Community Health Sciences (H.Q.), University of Calgary, Calgary; Alberta Health Services (M.L.), Calgary; Dalhousie University (V.T.), Halifax, Canada; and Harvard School of Public Health (C.K.), Boston, MA.
Abstract

BACKGROUND: The goal of our study was to compare the incidence of motor vehicle accidents (MVA), attempted or completed suicides, and injuries inflicted by others between individuals with and without epilepsy.

METHODS: Individuals with and without epilepsy were identified using linked administrative databases between 1996 and 2003 in a Canadian health region with a 1.4 million population. We used a validated epilepsy case definition: anyone who had 2 physician claims, one hospitalization, or one emergency room visit coded with an International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-9-CM or ICD-10 epilepsy code any time during a 2-year period. Four subjects without epilepsy were matched to one patient with epilepsy by age (within 1 year) and sex. The incidence of MVAs, attempted or completed suicides, and inflicted injuries was assessed in 2003-2004. Outcomes were adjusted using the Elixhauser comorbidity index.

RESULTS: A total of 10,240 individuals with epilepsy and 40,960 individuals without epilepsy were identified. Mean age was 39.0 ± 21.3 years (range 0.12-99.4) and 48.5% were female. One-year odds ratios before and after adjustment for comorbidity were 1.83 (95% confidence interval [CI] 1.33-2.54) and 1.38 (95% CI 0.97-1.96) for MVAs, 4.32 (95% CI 2.79-6.69) and 1.32 (95% CI 0.81-2.15) for attempted or completed suicides, and 3.54 (95% CI 2.66-4.72) and 1.46 (95% CI 1.04-2.03) for injuries inflicted by others.

CONCLUSION: In this cohort-controlled population-based study, once important medical and psychiatric comorbidities were adjusted for, people with epilepsy were not more likely to attempt suicide or experience MVAs, but were still more likely to be assaulted compared to those without epilepsy.