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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Many Women Know Little About Their Epilepsy

    Nov. 5, 2001 -- Living with epilepsy is hard enough. When you throw women's issues into the mix, it gets even more complicated. And now a new study shows that many women don't know enough about having epilepsy. Researchers at Ohio State University in Columbus looked at 48 women who had been living w

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  5. Some Kids on Epilepsy Diet Still Seizure-Free

    Oct. 2, 2001 -- In the 1997 Meryl Streep movie "First Do No Harm," the epilepsy diet saves her child. Long-term results of a clinical trial show that real life can be just like the movies -- sometimes. It's not the first thing parents should try. Modern drugs control seizures for most children with

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  6. Epilepsy Can Increase Risk of Traffic Accidents

    Sept. 11, 2001 -- People with epilepsy may feel it's safe to drive when their seizures seem to be under control, but is that really a safe assumption? "Patients with epilepsy were seven times more likely to have a driving accident leading to emergency room care than those without epilepsy," Svend Li

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  7. Brain Surgery an Alternative When Seizure Drugs Fail

    Aug. 1, 2001 -- Brain surgery for seizures sounds pretty drastic, but a report in this week's New England Journal of Medicine recommends it when drugs fail to help people with temporal lobe epilepsy. This condition affects tens of thousands of people in the U.S., and symptoms may involve losing touc

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  8. Implant Device Helps Many Untreatable Epilepsy Patients

    Sept. 27, 2000 -- A new device implanted in the chest of epilepsy patients -- adults as well as children -- can greatly reduce seizures in some patients, even those who have not responded to anti-epilepsy drugs, according to two separate studies. The device, called a vagus nerve stimulator, "is as g

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  9. Seizure Drug May Be Effective When Others Fail

    Sept. 12, 2000 -- With advances in seizure medication over the last few years, more and more victims of epilepsy are able to live life to the fullest despite their illness. But there are still many patients whose seizures remain uncontrolled, even after a great deal of trial and error with various d

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  10. The Unseen Side of Epilepsy

    Sept. 6, 2000 -- Call it the hidden side of epilepsy -- the complications beyond seizures, such as getting a driver's license or a job, forming relationships, and participating in sports. A recent Italian study detailed how adult epileptics were faring in society and found that, in general, they fac

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