Approximately 1 of every 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. Epilepsy is among the least understood of major chronic health conditions. But the Epilepsy Foundation of America, a proud member of Community Health Charities, is working to change that.
Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. It is also called a seizure disorder. When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they are considered to have epilepsy. Seizures can last from a few seconds to a few minutes. They can have many symptoms, from convulsions and loss of consciousness to some that are not always recognized as seizures (such as blank staring, lip smacking or jerking moments of arms and legs). Most people with epilepsy live a full life span, but there are potential factors associated with living with epilepsy and seizures that may increase the risk of injury or untimely death.
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Charity Spotlight: Be The Match Foundation
year, approximately 10,000 people diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma and other
diseases need a bone marrow transplant as their only hope for a cure. Even with
over 9 million registered donors, half of these people will not find a match.
this episode of the Health Matters at Work video podcast series, our host Jerry
Franz talks with Angie Dahl, Director of Corporate Giving for Be The Match
Foundation. Over the last 25 years, Be The Match Foundation has facilitated
50,000 bone marrow transplants – but there is still much work that needs to be
done. Learn why finding a bone marrow transplant match is so difficult (100,000
times harder than matching a blood type) and what health conditions may result
in needing a bone marrow transplant. Ms. Dahl also explains how to join the
donor registry and shares numerous resources available for bone marrow
transplant patients and their caregivers. Read More