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  1. Epilepsy 101

    More than 2 million people in the United States have some form of epilepsy, a group of related disorders marked by recurrent seizures. WebMD asked epilepsy experts your most frequently asked questions. In most cases -- about seven in 10 people -- the cause of epilepsy is unknown. In other cases, epi

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  2. Surgery Keeps Many Epilepsy Patients Seizure-Free

    Oct. 13, 2011 -- About half of surgically treated adults with epilepsy remain seizure-free a decade later, a large follow-up study of epilepsy surgery shows. Researchers followed more than 600 patients for as long as 19 years after seizure-control surgery. They found that 52% were not having seizure

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  3. Precautions Cut Sudden Death Risk of Epilepsy

    July 5, 2011 -- People with epilepsy who are otherwise healthy are known to have a risk of unexplained sudden death that is more than 20 times higher than the general population. Doctors call it sudden unexpected death in epilepsy or SUDEP. However, that risk may be reduced by a variety of precautio

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  4. FDA OKs New Epilepsy Drug

    June 13, 2011 -- Adults with epilepsy will soon have a new drug to help control seizures as part of their overall epilepsy treatment. The FDA has approved the drug Potiga (ezogabine) as an add-on drug to treat partial seizures caused by epilepsy. Partial seizures affect only a limited area of the br

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  5. Study: Low Birth Defect Risk From Newer Epilepsy Drugs

    May 17, 2011 -- Use of newer antiseizure drugs during the first trimester of pregnancy was not associated with an increased risk for major birth defects in one of the largest studies ever to examine the issue. The finding can be seen as reassuring to women of childbearing age who take the newer epil

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  6. Many Kids With Epilepsy Don’t Take Their Medicine

    April 26, 2011 -- More than half of children with newly diagnosed epilepsy do not take their seizure medications as prescribed, a study shows. The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Nearly 60% of pediatric patients followed in the study were mildly, moderately, or

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  7. Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy Linked to Autism

    April 19, 2011 -- Epilepsy that is difficult to treat may be more common in those with autism than previously believed, new research suggests. "In general, we knew prior to this study that people with autism have significantly elevated rates of epilepsy," says researcher Orrin Devinsky, MD, professo

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  8. Johnson & Johnson Recalls Topamax Due to Odor

    April 14, 2011 -- Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson has issued a voluntary recall of 57,000 bottles of its Topamax epilepsy and migraine drug due to complaints of an “uncharacteristic odor” associated with the tablets. The announcement came from Ortho-McNeil Neurologics, a division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen

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  9. New Drug May Help Control Epilepsy Seizures

    April 13, 2011 -- An experimental epilepsy drug may help reduce seizures in as many as one-third of people with epilepsy who either don’t tolerate or don’t respond adequately to existing seizure drugs. The finding is slated to be presented at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurol

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  10. Epileptic Kids Have More Psychiatric Symptoms

    March 25, 2011 -- Children with epilepsy are at increased risk of having psychiatric problems, with girls more likely to exhibit symptoms linked to depression and anxiety and boys more likely to have symptoms of ADHD and difficulty getting along with peers, new research suggests. In the study, epile

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