Author Archives for Evan

11 December

Cannabis: the next treatment for epilepsy?

=== Jordan J. Ghassemian, Rozalba Luka, MD and Evan Cole Lewis, MD, FRCPC === Nearly 90,000 Ontarians have epilepsy. There are medications that effectively control seizures in about 70% of people. But 30% of people do not respond to drugs and have drug-resistant epilepsy. In addition to increased mortality rates, those with drug-resistant epilepsy report having a lower quality of life and struggles with isolation, loss or lack of employment...

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9 November

Botox treatment for migraine: how does it work, and how effective is it?

When we hear about Botox, we generally think of getting rid of wrinkles. However, it turns out Onabotulinum Toxin A – a.k.a. Botox – serves a practical use in the treatment of migraines. Is Botox right for you? Read on to find out more! The 1st and 2nd PREEMPT (Phase III REsearch Evaluating Migraine Prophylaxis Therapy) trials showed that Botox is an effective, safe and well-tolerated way to prevent chronic...

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31 October

Can the onset of dementia be prevented?

At the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London, researchers discussed how nine health and lifestyle factors contribute to about 35 per cent of dementia. This translates to potentially preventing 1 in 3 cases of dementia by tackling risk factors such as education and depression. The report was recently published in The Lancet and can be found here: http://www.thelancet.com/commissions/dementia2017 Visit the recent CBC news page to read more about how...

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17 October

It’s That Time of the Year… Concussion!

With fall now in full swing, people all around the community are enjoying the last of the nice weather before the winter chill sets in. That means lots of folks heading outdoors to play their favorite sports and recreational activities. The susceptibility to concussion is on the rise, with information from the government of Canada stating: “Among children and youth (10-18 years) who visit an emergency department for a sports-related...

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20 August

Proposed Federal Liberal Tax Cuts – A Patient Perspective

Dear Reader, I have sought to keep Neurology Centre of Toronto’s (#NCT) social media free from politics; however, the recent announcement by our Liberal Federal government is where I have had to draw the line. This post isn’t about money or people paying their “fair share.” This is about patients. Period. Recently, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced a proposal to eliminate tax benefits for small businesses, including medical corporations. Many...

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