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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. New Birth Defect Warning for Topamax

    March 4, 2011 -- Taking the epilepsy drug topiramate (Topamax) during pregnancy raises the risk of oral cleft birth defects such as cleft lip and cleft palate, according to a new warning issued by the FDA. New drug registry data show that the risk of oral birth defects is up to 16 times higher among

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  5. Death Rate High Among People With Persistent Seizures

    Dec. 22, 2010 -- Researchers who followed 245 children with epilepsy into adulthood found that 24% died over a 40-year period, a rate that was three times higher than expected in the general population. More than half (55%) of these deaths were related to epilepsy, says researcher Shlomo Shinnar, MD

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  6. Epilepsy Drug in Pregnancy Raises Spina Bifida Risk

    Dec. 2, 2010 -- Babies born to women who take the antiseizure drug carbamazepine have a more than twofold increased risk for the birth defect spina bifida, a study shows. But researchers say the drug still has less risk of birth defects overall than the epilepsy drugs valproic acid. Researchers revi

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  7. Epilepsy Drugs, Breastfeeding: Safe for Kids?

    Nov. 24, 2010 -- Breastfeeding while a mother is taking epilepsy drugs does not appear to harm a child's IQ, according to a new study that followed children born to women with epilepsy until age 3. ''We compared the breastfed babies to non-breastfed babies and basically found no difference at all in

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  8. Understanding and Coping with Stigma of Disabilities

    Having a disability or chronic health condition saddles the person with more than just the physical complaint. One has to struggle with the social meaning of that disorder as well. Often society is not very accepting of illness and disability and the person affected becomes stigmatized as a result.

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  9. Epilepsy May Be Linked to Infertility Risk

    Oct. 11, 2010 -- More than one-third of women with epilepsy may experience problems becoming pregnant, according to a new study of women from India. This rate is more twice as high as the infertility rate seen among Indian women in the general population. The study is published in the Oct. 12 issue

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  10. My WebMD: A Teen Copes with Epilepsy

    I had my first real epileptic seizure when I was 5 years old. My mother says my eyes were rolling and I was staring off into the distance. She was terrified. What I had is called a "petit mal" seizure or an "absence" seizure. It’s called that because there’s a lapse in conscious activity for a coupl

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