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Treatment for Epilepsy

By webmd.com — From webmd.com

— The majority of epileptic seizures are controlled through drug therapy, particularly anticonvulsant drugs. The type of treatment prescribed will depend on several factors including the frequency and severity of the seizures as well as the person's age, overall health, and medical history. An accurate diagnosis of the…

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about 7 years

Living with Epilepsy: Elderly

By Epilepsy Foundation — From epilepsyfoundation.org

— Although there are always exceptions, senior citizens with epilepsy who are otherwise in good health and whose mental abilities are unaffected can usually continue to live independently.
Families may find this idea difficult to accept. With the best of intentions, they often become overprotective, making an older…

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over 7 years

Epilepsy’s Big, Fat Miracle

By FRED VOGELSTEIN — From nytimes.com

— Once every three or four months my son, Sam, grabs a cookie or a piece of candy and, wide-eyed, holds it inches from his mouth, ready to devour it. He knows he’s not allowed to eat these things, but like any 9-year-old, he hopes that somehow…

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over 7 years

Deep brain stimulation reduces epileptic seizures, study finds

By Thomas H. Maugh II — From latimes.com

— Electrodes implanted deep in the brain where they provide a minute electrical charge can sharply reduce the incidence of seizures in epileptics who cannot bring their seizures under control with drugs, Stanford researchers reported Wednesday. The approach, called deep brain stimulation, is already being…

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over 7 years

What to Do if You See Someone Having a Seizure

By The Foundation For Better Health Care — From fbhc.org

— If you see someone having a seizure with convulsions and/or loss of consciousness, here’s how you can help:

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over 7 years

Epilepsy, Juvenile Myoclonic

By Jose E Cavazos, MD, PhD, FAAN — From medscape.com

— Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) is an idiopathic generalized epileptic syndrome characterized by myoclonic jerks, generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCSs), and sometimes absence seizures. JME is relatively common and usually responds well to treatment with appropriate anticonvulsants. However, JME is frequently misdiagnosed until the…

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over 7 years

Vagus Nerve Stimulation

By epilepsy.com — From epilepsy.com

— Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is designed to prevent seizures by sending regular, mild pulses of electrical energy to the brain via the vagus nerve. These pulses are supplied by a device something like a pacemaker.
The VNS device is sometimes referred to as a "pacemaker for the brain."…

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over 7 years

New epilepsy treatment shows promise

By Carolyn Johnson — From go.com

— A technology developed in the Bay Area could soon change the lives of patients suffering from epilepsy. The device can sense debilitating seizures before they strike and often interrupt them.

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over 7 years

Epilepsy man's 'thank you' for help during fit

By Stephanie Jones-Berry — From co.uk

— A PENSIONER who had an epileptic seizure in Guildford town centre while waiting for a bus now wants to thank the people who came to his aid.
Graham Block, 71, had been visiting the RHS Wisley gardens to see the autumnal colours when a delay meant…

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over 7 years

National Epilepsy Awareness Month --- November 2010

By Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — From cdc.gov

— November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Epilepsy, which affects approximately 2 million persons in the United States, is characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures (1). Delayed recognition of these seizures and subsequent inadequate treatment increases the risk for additional seizures, disability, decreased health-related…

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over 7 years