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Author: Mary Claire Hass

Camp Oz Day 5 – We Want S’more Camp Oz

- Updates from Camp

Thursday morning arrived with our campers eager to get the most out of their last full day of Camp Oz. Eggs, sausage and hash browns were on the menu and the addition of granola to the yogurt bar was an enormous hit. Heading out after breakfast brought the exciting discovery

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Camp Oz Day 4 – The Perfect Weather Wednesday

- Updates from Camp

We kicked off Wednesday morning with some nice fluffy pancakes and they were much needed to fill our tanks back up. Each morning the dining hall bell rings out to announce that breakfast is ready and whereas on Monday morning every cabin was knocking down the doors to get to

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Camp Oz Day 3 – The Tuesday Times

- Updates from Camp

We were treated to beautiful and much appreciated sunshine this morning and the mood was cheerful on the way to breakfast. Our professional photographer visited camp today so the cafeteria was a sea of blue Oz shirts ready for their cabin group pictures later in the day. As a reminder

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Camp Oz Day 2 – A Mighty Wet Monday

- Updates from Camp

Our weather odyssey continued as Monday morning dawned with thunder, lightning and very heavy downpours. Fortunately, the thunderstorm passed well before most campers even woke up so all that remained was a rainy walk to a french toast breakfast. While we were filling our bellies, the YMCA staff were hard

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Camp Oz Day 1 – Sensational Sunday

- Updates from Camp

Welcome one and welcome all to 2024 Camp Oz! We are so excited to transition from 6 months of planning to now finally having all of our campers here for the 41st year of the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota’s Camp Oz. As part of the Sunday recap, I want to

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Brain Stimulation for Uncontrolled Seizures

- Clinician's Corner

Thomas R. Henry, MD, MINCEP Epilepsy Care & University of Minnesota Comprehensive Epilepsy Center Two types of brain electrical stimulation have been developed as alternatives to resective-ablative epilepsy surgery (removing or laser-ablating a part of the brain where seizures start), for patients whose seizures cannot be controlled with medications. The

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SUDEP: What is it? What can I do to reduce the risk of SUDEP? Why don’t we discuss SUDEP more? 

- Clinician's Corner

What is it?  Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) happens when a person with epilepsy who was otherwise healthy dies unexpectedly This sudden death does not happen because of a known injury, accident, drowning, seizure emergency such as status epilepticus, or another known cause.  Although SUDEP has been reported for

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Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota Announces Departure of Executive Director

- Organization Updates

BLOOMINGTON, MN, March 20, 2024 — The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (EFMN) today announced the departure of Glen Lloyd, who has served as the organization’s Executive Director for four years. Under Glen’s leadership, EFMN has achieved significant milestones in advancing its mission to empower individuals and families affected by epilepsy.

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Pharmacy Closures and What This Means for the Epilepsy Community

- Clinician's Corner

By: Jeannine Conway, PharmD, BCPS You may have seen news stories of pharmacy staff walking out of the pharmacy due to a stressful environment and unsafe understaffing. You may have also experienced finding your pharmacy closed due to short-staffing. Why is this happening?Community pharmacy is not immune to the challenges

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An Essential Vitamin for Women of Childbearing Age: The Folate/Folic Acid Story

- Clinician's Corner

By: Dr. Patricia Penovich, EFMN Professional Advisory Board Chair This story is for all women who have the potential to conceive and bear a child, whether she has epilepsy or not. The special emphasis for women with epilepsy is because these young women are usually taking anti-seizure medications (ASMs) to aid

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