Author Archives: Mary Chapman

UN Reclassifies Cannabis in Nod to Plant’s Therapeutic Prospects

After some 59 years, the chief drug policy-making entity of the United Nations (UN) has voted to remove cannabis from a listing of narcotics designated as potentially addictive and dangerous, and having little to no therapeutic use. The reclassification by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) opens the door to…

UK Survey Examines Effects of COVID-19 on Dravet Patients

While Dravet syndrome patients don’t appear to be at increased risk of severe COVID-19 complications, more study is needed about potentially adverse effects of prolonged social distancing and other preventative measures, a Dravet Syndrome UK (DSUK) survey indicates. The report gives a view into the the…

Epilepsy Foundation’s Community Day is Virtual This Year

The Epilepsy Foundation’s Community Day, being held virtually this year, will offer patients, caregivers, and advocates the latest information about epilepsy and an opportunity to connect with others. “Innovation and Action to End Epilepsy,” a free national conference on Aug. 29, will focus on advocacy and a variety…

Dravet Syndrome Awareness Month is Here … (Online)

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are several ways to get involved virtually to support Dravet Syndrome Awareness Month, observed each June. Organized by the Dravet Syndrome Foundation (DSF), the monthlong event is intended to make this severe type of epilepsy — and the needs of…