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  1. Snail Venom Studied as Source for New Drugs

    Aug. 25, 2004 -- Researchers are plumbing the depths of the seas to develop new drugs for pain relief and brain diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and epilepsy. They're particularly interested in some of the lowliest ocean dwellers: cone snails. Cone snails are mollusks found

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  2. Pokemon Seizures Linked to Epilepsy, Not TV

    July 21, 2004 -- New research suggests that the children in Japan who suffered epileptic seizures after watching a popular Japanese TV cartoon in 1997 would have probably developed seizures regardless of whether they watched the program or not. In an incident that drew worldwide attention in Decembe

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  3. Study Shows Small Seizure Risk From Vaccine

    July 20, 2004 -- There's no question that childhood vaccinations against measles, mumps, and rubella save lives. But this protection may come with a price -- an increased risk of fever-related seizures. These so-called febrile seizures occur almost three times more often in kids who get vaccinated t

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  4. Dogs Anticipate Epileptic Seizures

    June 21, 2004 -- The family dog can often sense when a child has an impending epileptic seizure, a new study shows. One dog may sit on a toddler before an attack. Another dog might push a young girl away from stairs just minutes before her seizure. Yet another dog wakes up in the night 20 minutes be

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  5. Older Epilepsy Drugs Promote Bone Loss

    June 8, 2004 - Older women who take antiseizure drugs are at increased risk for developing osteoporosis, according to findings from one of the largest and longest studies of bone loss and epilepsy treatment ever reported. Researchers found that elderly women who took drugs to control their epilepsy

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  6. Seizure Medication Linked to Birth Defects

    April 29, 2004 - Children born to women taking the commonly prescribed seizure medication Depakote are more likely to have birth defects and other problems. Researchers say that if possible women should avoid taking this medication during their childbearing years. In the study, presented at the annu

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  7. Epileptic Seizure: Red Flag for Stroke

    April 9, 2004 -- An unexplained epileptic seizure is a red flag: After age 60, a seizure could mean a great risk for stroke, new research shows. A first-time seizure after age 60 means an almost threefold higher risk of stroke, reports lead researcher Paul Cleary, MD, with Scotland's Gartnaval Gener

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  8. Is Life Span Inherited From Your Parents?

    Feb. 12, 2004 -- Your parents may largely dictate how long you're going to live. And your mom appears to have most of the control over your "aging gene." Previous research has linked the length of telomeres -- the tips of chromosomes -- to disease and life span, say researchers. These structures bec

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  9. Epilepsy Stereotypes Abound in Movies

    Nov. 21, 2003 -- The dramatic potential of epileptic seizures has been a favorite source of inspiration for filmmakers. But new research suggests that the film industry hasn't caught up with medicine and continues to depict ancient beliefs and stereotypes associated with epilepsy. A survey of 62 int

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  10. Epilepsy Surgery Works For Many

    Aug. 25, 2003 -- Most epilepsy patients who are seizure-free one year after treatment with epilepsy surgery are likely to be free from seizures for up to eight years or more, a new study shows. Researchers found 68% of patients with the type of epilepsy that is not relieved by medication (known as i

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