Every few days or so, I get an email in my inbox from a search engine called Medscape. I subscribe to the search engine and have indicated that I am interested in any articles pertaining to childhood epilepsy and neurology. Generally, the articles forwarded are scientific in nature --quite dense -- and I read no further than the abstract. Lately, there's been quite a lot of buzz about SUDEP (sudden unexplained death in epilepsy patients) -- nothing like an acronym, right? Traditionally, this has not been a subject that neurologists are willing to discuss with their patients, and the reasons are diverse. However, with the advent of "patient-centered care" and more involved parents, there is a demand for information, complete information, and I've noticed that SUDEP is getting a lot more publicity.
So, today, in my mailbox I get this on the subject line:
High Rate of Death in Childhood-Onset Epilepsy
Do I go there? Do I become more informed? Or do I stick my hand in the sand and la di dah out? Those who know me can probably figure out what I do, but I'm wondering whether I should.