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  1. Ketogenic Diet Raises Cholesterol in Kids

    Aug. 19, 2003 -- Children with epilepsy who follow the ketogenic diet -- a rigidly high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet to control severe seizures -- experience dramatic and rapid increases in their cholesterol, researchers from Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Children's Center report. Lead researcher Peter O.

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  2. Driving With Epilepsy Safe for Many

    July 9, 2003 -- More lenient driving rules for people with epilepsy don't result in more crashes, Arizona data suggests. Some 2.5 million Americans have epilepsy. Thanks to modern medicine, most are able to keep their seizures under control. State laws refuse driver's licenses to people with epileps

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  3. Epilepsy Drug Linked to Memory Problems

    May 16, 2003 -- Memory and other cognitive problems are more common among epilepsy patients taking the popular anti-seizure drug Topamax than in those taking an older mediation, new research suggests. The findings may have broad implications because Topamax also shows promise in the treatment of obe

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  4. Epilepsy Treatments' Failure: Gene Link?

    April 9, 2003 -- Epilepsy treatments fail for one in three patients. Now there's a genetic clue to what's going on -- and what might help. There are several good epilepsy treatments that control epileptic seizures. Yet for many patients, none of them work. It's frustrating to the patients. It's frus

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  5. Good Seizure Control Now May Turn Bad

    Jan. 28, 2003 -- Unfortunately, how well epileptic seizures are controlled today doesn't predict how well they will be controlled in the future, a new study shows. It's generally believed that getting seizures under control with medication is a good indicator of long-term success. In fact, current g

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  6. Guidance Change for First Seizure in Kids

    Jan. 27, 2003 -- New guidelines recommend that doctors not immediately turn to anti-epileptic drugs following a child's first seizure. The guidelines apply to seizures that are "unprovoked" by trauma such as a head injury or some other known cause. The guidelines from the American Academy of Neurolo

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  7. New Epilepsy Drug Helps Toughest Cases

    Oct. 11, 2002 -- A new drug may help prevent seizures and reduce other symptoms in children with epilepsy even after other treatments have become ineffective. New research shows adding the drug Keppra to conventional anti-epileptic medications can reduce frequency of seizures by more than 80%. The F

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  8. Epileptic Women Can Have Normal Babies

    -->May 8, 2002 -- Contrary to popular belief, women with epilepsy are not at increased risk of having offspring with major birth defects, provided they do not take antiseizure drugs during pregnancy. "The association of fetal malformations with untreated maternal epilepsy is controversial. From this

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  9. Epilepsy Gene Discovered

    -->May 7, 2002 -- A large Canadian family carries a clue that may lead to new treatments for epilepsy. Of the family's 14 members, eight have a common form of epilepsy: juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. All of the family members let a team from Montreal's McGill University study their DNA. Now the team,

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  10. Is There a Neurologist on Board?

    April 17, 2002 -- In-flight seizures and symptoms of other nerve problems are second only to heart problems as the leading cause of emergency landings of commercial airlines. A new study suggests that means anti-epileptic drugs to treat a seizure deserve a place alongside the now-standard automated

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