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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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