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Epilepsy Affects Thousands of Houstonians

We hear plenty in the media about neurological disorders like MS, Parkinson’s and autism, but there’s a disorder that affects more than all three of those combined. And that’s epilepsy. Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the U.S. after migraines, strokes, and Alzheimer’s disease, according the Epilepsy Foundation. And, of course, there […]

We hear plenty in the media about neurological disorders like MS, Parkinson's and autism, but there's a disorder that affects more than all three of those combined. And that's epilepsy.

Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the U.S. after migraines, strokes, and Alzheimer’s disease, according the Epilepsy Foundation. And, of course, there are many people in Greater Houston dealing with it.

Joining us now to talk about the challenges of – and resources related to – dealing with epilepsy in Houston are three guests: Dr. Takijah Heard is a Pediatric Neurologist specializing in epilepsy with Memorial Hermann and UTHealth; Rebecca Moreau is a program coordinator for the Epilepsy Foundation Texas; and Demita Dozier's son, Sidney, has been diagnosed with epilepsy.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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