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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Afraid Your Child Might Have Epilepsy?

    Aug. 9, 2000 -- Some good news for worried parents: Most kids who have an unexplained seizure will never have another, according to a new study. The bad news, however, is that if a second seizure does occur -- and does so within 6 months of the first -- they are more likely to have several more. The

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  5. Epilepsy Surgery May Be Best Bet When Medications Fail

    June 19, 2000 -- At least once a week, Jane Price dresses up as a clown and visits hospitals and nursing homes in Gardendale, Ala., where she lives. "When someone's in the hospital, they feel bored; they don't feel at home," she says. "A clown can bring patients a touch of joy. We call it 'therapeut

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  6. Experts Meet to Discuss the Future of Epilepsy

    March 30, 2000 (Bethesda, Md.) -- Scientists attending a two-day international meeting here are talking cautiously about significant improvements in treating one of mankind's oldest afflictions -- epilepsy. Backed by the White House and the National Institutes of Health, the conference is said to be

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  7. Cost of Epilepsy Higher Than Previous Estimates

    March 30, 2000 (Atlanta) -- As many as 44% of the people in the U.S. who have epilepsy -- more than 1 million people -- continue to have seizures, despite getting medical treatment, according to a report in the March issue of the journal Epilepsia. These people, and others who have uncontrolled epil

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  8. FDA Approves New Epilepsy Drug for Persistent Seizures

    Mar. 28, 2000 (Washington) -- Epileptic patients for whom current multidrug therapies have not been effective may soon find a new addition in their drug cocktails. On Tuesday, the FDA approved an anticonvulsant drug that may offer hope to Americans with persistent partial seizures. "There is a criti

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  9. Epilepsy, Stroke Vaccine Shows Promise

    Feb. 24, 2000 (Atlanta) -- Epilepsy, stroke, Parkinson's disease, chronic pain, depression -- all might one day be treated and/or prevented with a new vaccine. Studies published in Thursday's issue of the journal Science show that the vaccine prevents seizures in laboratory animals and protects them

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  10. Driving Restrictions for People With Epilepsy Still Debatable

    Nov. 16, 1999 (New York) -- Patients with epilepsy who drive have the best chance of avoiding a seizure-related car crash if they have not had a seizure in at least 6-12 months, according to a report in the medical journal Neurology. The research team, headed by Gregory L. Krauss, MD, of Johns Hopki

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