Decoding Dravet Blog

Helping you to learn about the past, present, and future of Dravet syndrome and the Dravet Syndrome Foundation. The Decoding Dravet Blog will keep you up to date on current research, treatment options, advocacy efforts, community activities, and other topics that are important to the Dravet syndrome community.

Finding resilience through reframing

Finding Resilience Through Reframing: Parents’ Perspectives

As a Dravet parent or caregiver, have you ever thought about the term “reframing?”  This week’s guest blog post comes from Barbara Swoyer, who recently wrote about the concept of reframing for the latest issue of NIH MedLine Plus magazine.  In this piece, Barbara incorporated the thoughts of others in the Dravet community about what reframing …

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SUDEP: Education, Research, and Prevention

Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is a topic that brings up difficult and complex emotions, and, as such, it often goes undiscussed. However, talking about SUDEP can empower families with awareness and preventative strategies, literally helping to save lives. Additionally, increased education surrounding SUDEP lends itself to advocacy efforts to advance research and end …

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Talking about clinical trials

Why be cautious about sharing personal experiences in an active clinical trial?

With so many clinical trials for Dravet syndrome actively enrolling, it is an important time to consider the impacts that talking about experiences in an ongoing trial can have on the outcomes. If you are participating in a clinical trial and observing particularly profound changes following treatment, it can be quite tempting to share that …

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A Recap of “Curing the Epilepsies 2021”

On January 5-7, 2021, the NIH/NINDS (National Institute of Health/ National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke) held the“Curing the Epilepsies 2021: Setting Research Priorities” conference in a virtual format. The goal of the conference was to guide updates to the current Epilepsy Research Benchmarks and Transformative Research Priorities with collaborative feedback from all the …

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