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Obesity in Pregnancy Raises Epilepsy Risk

From newsmax.com

Being overweight or obese in the first trimester of pregnancy has been linked to a higher risk of bearing a child with epilepsy, researchers said Monday.The study was based on data from 1.4 million children in Sweden, and was published in the Journal of the American Medical…

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8 months

Findings Show Epilepsy Tied to Religion

From cbslocal.com

COLUMBIA, MO (KMOX) - University of Missouri researchers find a neurological link between religious experiences and epilepsy. Dr. Daniel Cohen's team at Mizzou found a neurological relationship exists between some people with epilepsy and religiosity, or a disposition for spiritual experience and religious activity.

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8 months

Laser Surgery for Epilepsy Helps Teen With 20 Seizures a Day

From usnews.com

Collin May was a terrific 17-year-old who yearned for independence, adult responsibilities and driving privileges just like any other teen. But with 20 seizures a day, these goals were problematic. Since he first began experiencing epilepsy at age 8, May explored all avenues including eight different medications, medical marijuana and…

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9 months

People with Epilepsy Describe How They Feel Just Before a Seizure | VICE | Canada

From vice.com

According to the World Health Organisation, there are approximately 50 million people living with a form of epilepsy. It's one of the world's most common neurological disorders. Medical researchers still aren't certain what causes the epilepsy, instead preferring to label it as a range of different diseases brought under one…

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12 months

Jury Says a GIF Is a 'Deadly Weapon' in Twitter Epilepsy Case

From fortune.com

A Texas grand jury has spoken in an unusual assault case, and its words read like a science-fiction novel. After hearing evidence that John Rayne Rivello sent a strobing Twitter message to a journalist, the jury concluded: [The] defendant did use and exhibit a deadly weapon, to-wit: a Tweet and…

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8 months

Epilepsy Education Group Helps Patients Cope With Isolation, Anger

From neurologyadvisor.com

Group education may be beneficial for improving self-management in epilepsy. Participation in expert-led interactive group discussions with other people with epilepsy may encourage self-acceptance and changes in self-management in patients with poorly controlled epilepsy, according to findings from a small qualitative study published in Epilepsia.

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9 months

Epilepsy Patients Who Have Early Surgery Lead Better Lives, Study Says

From epilepsynewstoday.com

Doctors should recommend surgery for epilepsy patients as early as possible, before their symptoms affect brain function and quality of life, according to research in Sweden. A key finding was that the earlier the surgery, the better chance the patient has of becoming symptom-free.

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10 months

Pfizer fined $106M for 2600% price hike on epilepsy drug

From usatoday.com

A British regulator has hit U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer with a record $107 million fine for imposing a 2600% price hike on an anti-epilepsy medication, the latest episode in widening public controversy over prescription drug prices. New York-based Pfizer broke a competition law by "charging excessive and unfair prices" in…

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12 months

5 Things You Didn't Know About Epilepsy - DrexelNow

From drexel.edu

Though it's the fourth most common neurological disease in the United States - affecting 1 in 26 people - epilepsy is also one of the most stigmatized. Hear the word "seizure," and you might picture a dramatic scene: A person's eyes roll to the back of the head as he…

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1 year