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30 Apr

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Camp Candlelight 2013

April 30, 2014 | By |

Camp Candlelight features activities such as rock climbing, ropes course, S’mores around the campfire, swimming, arts and crafts and nature hikes. More important than the activities, Camp Candlelight is an opportunity to bond with other children who experience a seizure disorder.

 

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28 Apr

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Studio E

April 28, 2014 | By |

studioe_logoWe are excited to offer Studio E: The Epilepsy Art Therapy Program to people with epilepsy in the Greater Phoenix area. Studio E offers group art therapy sessions for Adults, Teens, and Children with epilepsy, allowing them to explore their creativity, meet others with epilepsy and express themselves in an open, accepting and safe group setting. Art is a natural way to communicate, relieve tension and express emotions. During the program, participants work with licensed art therapists using a variety of artistic media, including painting, sketching and sculpting. Because some things are easier to “say” through art, Studio E provides people impacted by epilepsy a unique opportunity to express themselves and open up about their experiences with the condition.

This year’s program will take place on the following dates:
June 13, 2015
June 20, 2015
June 27, 2015
July 11, 2015
July 18, 2015
July 25, 2015
August 1, 2015

The children’s group will meet from 9:00am-10:00am and the adult group will meet from 10:00am-12:00pm at Phoenix Center for the Arts (located at 1202 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004).

For more information about the Studio E program, or to enroll in this year’s sessions, contact Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona at info@epilepsyaz.org or call (602) 406-3581. Registration will close on June 11, 2015.

lundbeck_logoStudio E is made possible through an ongoing partnership between Lundbeck, a pharmaceutical company committed to helping people with epilepsy, and the Epilepsy Foundation. To learn more about the Studio E program or see artwork generated during previous programs, visit YourPartnerInEpilepsy.com.

To register for Studio E, please complete the following forms and submit to Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona. Youth must have all forms completed. Adults need only the first two forms.

Studio E Registration Form and Waiver

Studio E Release Form and Artist’s Statement (Adult or Children)

Studio E Youth Parent Intake Form

26 Apr

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Epilepsy and Hormonal Effects

April 26, 2014 | By |

Epilepsy is associated with hormonal changes. For instance, experts estimate that approximately 40 percent of men with epilepsy (MWE) have low levels of testosterone, the hormone that stimulates the development of male sex organs, sexual traits and sperm. Read More

26 Apr

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Sexuality and Antiepileptic Drugs

April 26, 2014 | By |

The use of AEDs may result in one or more of the following adverse impacts on sexuality:
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26 Apr

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Libido

April 26, 2014 | By |

Several recent studies document that men with epilepsy (MWE) experience lowered libido. The following scientific data support this statement. One study found that between 50 percent and 70 percent of all MWE report decreased sexual function and/or libido. Read More

26 Apr

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Reproduction and Fertility

April 26, 2014 | By |

Epilepsy does have an impact on reproductive function and fertility. Statistically, men with epilepsy (MWE) have a disproportionately high risk of reproductive dysfunction, which manifests as diminished potency and abnormal sperm characteristics and can decrease fertility. Read More

26 Apr

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Bone Density and Epilepsy

April 26, 2014 | By |

For both men and women who have epilepsy, there is an increased risk of bone disease due to certain medications that have been linked to reduced bone health. These include Dilantin, Tegretol, Phenobarbital and Depakote. Read More

26 Apr

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Parenting

April 26, 2014 | By |

As a man with epilepsy, your offspring are at a slightly higher risk than the general population for developing this disorder. Recent studies show that offspring of men with epilepsy (MWE) have a 2.4 percent risk of developing it, as opposed to the general population, whose risk is estimated at 1 percent. Read More

26 Apr

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Self-Esteem

April 26, 2014 | By |

There is no evidence that epilepsy per se causes low self-esteem. However, recent research suggests that people with epilepsy sometimes have difficulty forming relationships with others, possibly due to neurological damage to the temporal lobe. Read More

14 Apr

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Women & Hormones

April 14, 2014 | By |

There is a connection between seizures and hormones, although we do not understand it very well. We know that the female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, act on certain brain cells, including those in the temporal lobe, a part of the brain where partial seizures often begin. Read More