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  1. Epilepsy Linked to Higher Suicide Risk

    July 5, 2007 -- People with epilepsy are three times more likely to commit suicide than the general population, and women with the disease have a greater suicide risk than men, according to new research from Denmark. The Danish study is not the first to link epilepsy to an increase in suicide, but i

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  2. Mom's Epilepsy Drug Can Hurt Child's IQ

    May 3, 2007 (Boston) -- Women of childbearing age should avoid taking the commonly prescribed epilepsy drug valproate because of a negative effect on their children's IQ, researchers say. They found that the intelligence quotient of 2-year-old children was an average of 12 points lower when expectan

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  3. Best First-Choice Drugs for Epilepsy ID'd

    March 22, 2007 - Lamictal is the best first-choice drug for partial epilepsy, while valproic acid is the best first choice for generalized epilepsy, two major clinical trials show. But for patients who learn they have epilepsy, finding the right drug to control their seizures will continue to be a c

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  4. Toothbrushing Triggers Rare Seizures

    March 5, 2007 -- Australian researchers report three rare cases of people with epilepsy in whom toothbrushing triggered seizures. The risk of such seizures is probably zero for people without epilepsy. The three patients all had reflex epilepsy, in which seizures can be provoked by specific stimuli

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  5. Epilepsy or Psychological Seizures?

    June 12, 2006 -- A surprisingly large percentage of epilepsy patients who do not respond to drug treatment don't really have epilepsy at all. It often takes a decade or longer for these patients to get a correct diagnosis -- but new research finds there are simple clues that can make a correct diagn

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  6. Dogs Respond to Non-Epileptic Seizures

    Jan. 22, 2007 -- Dogs may sense and respond to seizures -- but those caused by psychological reasons rather than epilepsy, according to new research. Although widely reported, researchers say cases of dogs predicting their owner’s epileptic seizures have not been scientifically confirmed. Now, two s

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  7. Diet May Inspire New Epilepsy Drugs

    Oct. 16, 2006 -- The "ketogenic diet" might be the springboard for a new type of epilepsy drug. The ketogenic diet strictly limits carbohydrates and may help control seizures seizures in some people. That's nothing new. The ketogenic diet has been around since the 1920s (and shouldn't be tried witho

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  8. Flexible Doses Help With Epilepsy Drug

    Dec. 29, 2005 -- "One size fits all" may not be the rule of thumb for doses of epilepsy drugs. A new study shows fewer side effects in epileptic adults taking flexible doses of the antiseizure drug Lyrica, compared to those taking a fixed daily dose of the drug. Lyrica is used as a second-line drug

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  9. Avoiding 'Pokemon' Seizures From TV, Video Games

    Sept. 20, 2005 -- The Epilepsy Foundation has issued new guidelines to help avoid rare cases of seizures triggered by flickering lights from TV and video games. The guidelines are particularly important for people who are sensitive to light, but "the suggestions are valid for everybody," Giuseppe Er

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  10. New Blood Test May Detect Epileptic Seizures

    An epilepsy blood test measures the amount of the hormone prolactin in the blood. It helps determine whether a seizure was caused by epilepsy or another disorder. Researchers reviewed all of the published studies on the prolactin blood test and found it may be useful in certain situations in determi

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