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Understanding epilepsy and other seizure disorders

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Robert Beach, MD, PhDNot everyone who has a seizure has epilepsy, which involves recurrent, unprovoked seizures, including the convulsive kind many people think of and the nonconvulsive kind, which might involve staring off into space, said Robert Beach, MD, PhD, a professor of neurology at Upstate. Treatment of epilepsy, which affects more than 2 million Americans, can involve drugs, diet, laser-assisted surgery or a device that stimulates the vagus nerve, he explained.


Epilepsy in older adults

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Rebecca O'Dwyer, MDNeurologist Rebecca O’Dwyer, MD, talks about the increase in prevalence of epilepsy among older adults, and how symptoms in the elderly are often not recognized as seizures and thus treated incorrectly. O’Dwyer is a clinical instructor and epilepsy fellow in the Department of Neurology at Upstate Medical University. For more information, call 315 464-4243 and ask for Dr. O’Dwyer.


Understanding marijuana

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Gene Tinelli, MD, PhDAddiction psychiatrist Gene Tinelli, MD, PhD, helps us understand the medicinal value and risks of marijuana.  Read more: Why I changed my mind on weed, by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent.


‘Peds to Parents’ – MRI-laser guided surgery for children with brain tumors and epilepsy

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Zulma S Tovar Spinoza, MDDr. Zulma Tovar-Spinoza, MD, director of pediatric neurosurgery, discusses a minimally invasive treatment for children with brain tumors and epilepsy, using MRI-guided laser, now available at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Dr. Tovar Spinoza is a pioneer in this new technique and Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital is among the first in the country to offer this minimally invasive surgery that is producing encouraging results for patients and families.¬† Watch Dr. Tovar-Spinoza’s video on YouTube.

Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers