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NEUROLOGY/LASER SURGERY: Minimally invasive laser surgery revolutionizes epilepsy treatment

By Bio Optics World — From bioopticsworld.com

— “Based on our experience, we believe the use of MRI-guided laser surgery will change the face of epilepsy treatment and provide a life-changing option for many epilepsy surgery candidates—both children and adults,” said Dr. Angus Wilfong, director of Texas Children’s Hospital’s (TCH’s) comprehensive epilepsy program…

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almost 3 years

Sudden Death in Epilepsy Plunges With Drug Treatment

By Joyce Frieden — From medpagetoday.com

— Epilepsy patients with previously uncontrolled seizures have a much lower rate of sudden death if they are given adjunctive anti-epilepsy drugs, a meta-analysis has found. n an examination of 112 trials, the odds ratio for sudden unexpected death (SUDEP) in patients randomly assigned to anti-epileptic drugs…

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almost 3 years

The Effects of Music on the Mind Beyond Soothing the Savage Beast

By Kristian David Olson — From reversespins.com

— Are people typically geniuses? Statistically, people probably are not. In fact, most people probably aren't even intellectually gifted at all. Most people are likely to be pretty much average, maybe a little bit above average, or a little below, but very average none the less.

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almost 3 years

When Were Your AED's Approved?

By Andy Morley — From ukepilepsy.com

— Ever wondered when your Anti Epilepsy Drugs were first approved for use? The UK Epilepsy Blog has a "timeline" info graphic for you to look at.

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about 3 years

Texas Children's Hospital uses laser surgery for epilepsy

By TODD ACKERMAN — From chron.com

— Less-invasive brain surgery is showing success Houston pediatric doctors have begun treating difficult epilepsy cases with laser surgery, a safer, less invasive alternative to opening the skull and cutting out brain lesions that cause the disease.
Neurosurgeons at Texas Children's Hospital on Monday described their use of…

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about 3 years

Flu Vaccine: A Matter of Life or Death?

By Epilepsy Connect Staff — From cdc.gov

— The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says everyone age 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine. But, for people with epilepsy, it’s especially important.
Most people who get the flu have just mild illness and can recover in less than two weeks.

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almost 3 years

Use of aromatherapy (with or without hypnosis) in the treatment of intractable epilepsy

By TIM BETTS — From elsevierhealth.com

— We have been trying the effect of aromatherapy (with or without hypnosis) in patients with intractable epilepsy who ask for it. This is a report of the first 100 patients to try the treatment, followed up for at least two years after the treatment ended. It…

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almost 3 years

Epilepsy is just part of the landscape

By WILLIAM WREN — From canadaeast.com

— If I could have my friend Les from Alberta tell you about the time I had a grand mal seizure (the full blown, convulsive kind of seizure), he would send you fleeing to the bathroom with laughter. He has a way of telling a story.
Seizures can…

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almost 3 years

New Device Reduces Seizures, No Surgery Required

By Jon Hamilton — From npr.org

— A experimental device that delivers electrical pulses to the forehead can help control epileptic seizures, say scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The device works by stimulating the trigeminal nerve, which runs just beneath the skin covering the eyebrows. Electrical signals follow that nerve to…

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about 3 years

UCSF Study Highlights Success of Brain Surgery for Severe Epilepsy

By Source: Jason Bardi — From ucsf.edu

— Two-thirds of people with severe and otherwise untreatable epilepsy were completely cured of their frequent seizures after undergoing neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, according to a new study that examined 143 of these patients two years after their operations.
The new…

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about 3 years