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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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over 2 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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over 2 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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over 2 years

"Miracle" outcome of epilepsy surgery

By CBS NEWS — From cbsnews.com

— Epilepsy affects nearly three million people in the U.S., unfortunately, one-third of those people will not respond to medications.
On "The Early Show" CBS News Correspondent Michelle Miller shared the story of one man who tried everything to stop his seizures, including a risky surgery that could've…

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almost 3 years

BJOG Release: Anti-epileptic Drugs Can Increase Pregnancy Complications Says New Study

By Medical News Today — From medicalnewstoday.com

— Pregnant women with epilepsy who are taking anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) have an increased risk of pregnancy complications, caesarean section and major malformations of the newborn, finds new research published today in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Epilepsy is a common neurological condition…

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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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over 2 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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over 2 years

Exercise and Epilepsy

By Jody Smith — From empowher.com

— Living with epilepsy can be a real balancing act. When epileptic seizures are not well-controlled, one never knows when a seizure might hit. Life can be significantly pinched.
But being active need not be a casualty. According to an April 1, 2010 article on Medscape.com, the…

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almost 3 years

Seeing Epilepsy From the Patient’s Point of View

By PAULINE W. CHEN, M.D. — From nytimes.com

— One day during medical school, my classmates and I learned that one of the most well-liked doctors-in-training in the hospital had had a seizure while leading morning work rounds.
The sight of him writhing had caused the other doctors and nurses on the ward to…

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almost 3 years

Having Both Autism and Epilepsy Linked to Raised Death Rates

By Healthday — From businessweek.com

— People with both autism and epilepsy have a much higher death rate than those with autism alone, a new study finds.
Researchers examined brain tissue donated to the Autism Speaks Autism Tissue Program, and found that 39 percent of the donors with autism also had epilepsy, which is…

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almost 3 years