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