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Here you will find up to date information on Epilepsy and other seizure news. 

Allison Appleby Won Miss Dallas Teen with Her Service Dog Brady At Her Side

Allison Appleby was crowned Miss Dallas Teen USA on Sunday with her service dog in training, Brady, at her side.

The pageant winner, 17, opened up about her experience competing for the Miss Dallas Teen USA crown in an Instagram post on Tuesday, writing that she attended her first pageant competition "with the intentions of having fun and advocating for other girls with disabilities."

Read the full story at People.com

By Ingrid Vasquez

Published on October 14, 2022 10:03 PM

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Brandy Reportedly Hospitalized After Possible Seizure in Los Angeles

Brandy has reportedly been hospitalized following a possible seizure in Los Angeles. Law-enforcement sources told TMZ, which first broke the news, that first responders received a call from the 45-year-old’s home at noon on October 12 and brought her to a local hospital, where she is recovering with her parents at her side. 

Read the full story at Vulture.com

By Zoe Guy

Published on October 12, 2022

California Empowers Students

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today signed legislation empowering students to be more active in their education and community. Governor Newsom also signed legislation increasing services and advancing equity throughout California’s public schools.

Read the full story at Gov.ca

Published on September 30, 2022 

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10-Year-Old Boy Leaps into Pool to Save Drowning Mother Who Was Having Seizure: 'My Guardian Angel'

A 10-year-old in Oklahoma was recognized by a local police department after his quick thinking helped save his mother's life.

Earlier this month, a home-security camera captured the moment when Gavin Keeney jumped into his family's pool to save his mother, Lori Keeney, who was having a seizure, according to Good Morning America.

Read the full story at People.com

By Alexandra Schonfeld

Published on August 29, 2022 01:55 PM

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Demaryius Thomas’s Death Was Caused by Seizure Disorder

Demaryius Thomas, a four-time All-Pro receiver with the Denver Broncos, died of complications from seizures, the medical examiner in Fulton County, Ga., said Sunday.

Thomas died Dec. 9 at his home in Roswell, Ga., less than six months after he retired from the N.F.L. He was 33.

In July, doctors at Boston University who examined Thomas’s brain found that he had C.T.E., or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease associated with repeated head hits. The disease, which can only be posthumously diagnosed, does not cause death. Doctors said they believed Thomas’s seizures were brought on by a 2019 car crash in which his head cracked the windshield and a hydraulic rescue tool was needed to remove him from the vehicle.

Read the full story at nytimes.com              

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By Ken Belson     Published on August 7, 2022 

Former NFL wide receiver Demaryius Thomas' sudden death at age 33 highlights how many Black men have seizure disorders

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Read the full story at Insider.com

By DeArbea Walker

Published on December 17, 2021 11:59 AM

The abrupt death of retired NFL wide receiver Demaryius Thomas at the age of 33 last week — due to what his family described as a seizure — has put the spotlight on the disproportionate mortality rate Black men face from seizure disorders.

Black people had the highest age-adjusted death rate for epilepsy from 2005-2014, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found, and more men die from the disorder than women.

Experts told Insider these numbers reflect a larger issue of Black Americans' access to quality healthcare and stigma. Black Americans are far more likely to be uninsured than their white counterparts, which contributes to a higher mortality rate, Dr. Jacqueline French, the chief medical and innovation officer at the Epilepsy Foundation, told Insider.

She Was Having a Seizure. Police Shocked Her With a Taser.

RAINBOW CITY, Ala. — Seventeen-year-old Tiara Helm danced and bobbed her head to the music, swaying among hundreds of concert-goers packed inside a theater in this small city northeast of Birmingham. Rapper Kevin Gates electrified the crowd as strobe lights pulsed.

Suddenly, Helm collapsed. Her body convulsed. Her head thrashed against the concrete floor.

This article was published in partnership with USA Today NetworkMontgomery Advertiser and AL.com.

Read the first part of this series about police use of force on teenagers.

She was gripped by one of the seizures that had plagued her since a car accident. When the high school junior came to, she found four Rainbow City police officers on top of her, pinning her down. Scared and disoriented, she begged to be let go and fought to get free.

Read the full story at TheMarshallProject.com  By Wendy Ruderman and Abbie Vansickle

Published on December 2, 2021 6:00 AM

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