By Simone Graham – Editor – HDG: For those of you who may know someone who has epilepsy, but is not aware of the regional support groups the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles has information to give you and events to attend. On October 8th the foundation hosted a workshop through Loma Linda University Hospital at the Drayson Center at 25040 Stewart Street. It was an opportunity to meet the epilepsy experts, learn about advances in diagnosis and treatment, and connect with others who have a family member with epilepsy.

Registration started at 9:30 in the morning and Patricia Leyva from the L. A. Epilepsy Foundation began at 10:00 to welcome the audience and introduce the first speaker. Subjects throughout the day covered the importance of finding the right medication for each person to prevent seizures, injury, and early death known as SUDEP. Other topics were new treatments including dietary therapy, cannabis therapies (not yet approved by the FDA), and surgical implant methods used when epilepsy patients do not respond to medication. Wellness and lifestyle were also topics of discussion as well as self-advocacy and patient advocacy. Breakout groups in the afternoon session allowed those who wished to asked questions in Spanish to gather in another conference room, while those who wished to hear more about women’s issues with pregnancy and medications met with Dr. Sallown and Bannout.

A foundation sponsor hosted a continental breakfast and luncheon for the attendees.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles will be holding their major fundraiser for the year, Walk to End Epilepsy, on November 5th at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

For more information on the southern California chapter: EndEpilepsy.org.

See also: Epilepsy.com

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