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Epilepsy Awareness Month Day 14: Ack! The Caregiver is Sick

Epilepsy Awareness Month Day 14:  Ack! The Caregiver is Sick

The impact of epilepsy on Robert is that he has declined to the point of needing assistance with his daily living tasks.  He is incontinent but isn’t aware (or concerned) if his pants get wet.  He’s told me before, “they’ll be dry by morning.” 

Um, he needs a little . . . guidance when it...

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New Report Recommends Social and Behavioral Domains for Electronic Health Records

Nov 14, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Including social and behavioral information in patients’ electronic health records may improve patient care, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

The Institute of Medicine identified several categories for possible inclusion in electronic health records, including alcohol use, race and ethnicity, tobacco use and exposure, census tract median income, education,...

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Robert's Sister
Epilepsy Awareness Month Day 13: Enjoying the Simple Things

Epilepsy Awareness Month Day 13:  Enjoying the Simple Things

I don’t know if Robert finds pleasure in simple things because of the cognitive impairment that has increased over the years or if he just figured out the key to happiness before the rest of us.

Deeeelicious! 
Robert has had many challenges to overcome in his life due to...

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Legend of Frank the Indian takes odd turn

Nov 13, 2014

The other day, my older brother John emailed me a picture and asked whether I knew who the dignified-looking, white-haired man was. “Looks like an Italian notable,” I responded. “That’s our Indian, Frankie Lia,” my brother replied. He had done a … Continue reading

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Commentary: As City Upgrades Bicycling Infrastructure, Concerns About Safety and Conduct Continue

Nov 13, 2014

Davis has long been known as a bicycling mecca, it houses the US Bicycling Hall of Fame, and it continues to move toward “Beyond Platinum Status.” At the same time, Davis has finally finished renovations to make major east-west arterial Fifth Street more accessible to bikes, and is spending several millions on bike lane...

Robert's Sister
Epilepsy Awareness Month Day 12: Epilepsy and Working

Epilepsy Awareness Month Day 12:  Epilepsy and Working

Yesterday Robert talked about not being able to drive because of his uncontrolled epilepsy (well, except for that one time our dad let him drive but that’ll be our little secret).

Once Robert finished his bedtime routine and got settled into bed (and agreed to set aside the word...

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Flu Season: Which Vaccine is Right for You?

Nov 12, 2014
Flu Season: Which Vaccine is Right for You?

In your Health Matters, Bethany Crouch sits down with Dr. Dean Blumbers, UC Davis Health System, to find out which flu vaccine is right for you.

Robert's Sister
Epilepsy Awareness Month Day 11: Driving and Epilepsy

Epilepsy Awareness Month Day 11:  Driving and Epilepsy

Many people with epilepsy achieve good seizure control with medicine, surgery, diet, a medical device (such as the VNS) or some combination of any of these.  However, a third of people with epilepsy never get their seizures under control. 

'69 Chevy Chevelle: Other Brother and I learned...

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Robert's Sister
Epilepsy Awareness Month Day 10: It’s A Small World

Epilepsy Awareness Month Day 10:  It’s A Small World

When Robert was diagnosed with epilepsy as a child our family believed epilepsy was a rare condition. I have no idea why we thought this but it is actually very common (and the belief that epilepsy is rare is a common misconception). 

We finally got to see It's...

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National Preterm Birthrate Gets a C, but California Gets an A

Nov 10, 2014

By Fran Kritz Preterm births are at their lowest rates in seventeen years, accounting for 11.4 percent of all births nationally in 2013, according to a new report from the March of Dimes. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services did not expect ...

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