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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Study Probes Epilepsy Treatment for Kids

    Aug. 31, 2005 -- When kids with epilepsy don't respond to epilepsy medications, does another treatment called vagus nerve stimulation help? Researchers including Juliann Paolicchi, MD, are studying that question. Their findings were presented in Paris at the 26th International Epilepsy Congress. Pao

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  4. New Emergency Seizure Treatment for Children

    July 14, 2005 -- A better option for quick control of seizures in children is a drug that can be given by mouth rather than via the rectum. Researchers found emergency room treatment with the drug midazolam successfully stopped seizures within 10 minutes in twice as many children as the currently us

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  5. Study Links Epilepsy and Schizophrenia Risk

    June 16, 2005 -- There is a "strong association" between epilepsy and schizophrenia, says a Danish study of more than 2 million people. People with epilepsy had about 2.5 times the risk of schizophrenia as the general population, says the study, which is posted on BMJ Online First. Yet that's "fairl

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  6. Tip Sheet: Successful Epilepsy Treatment

    What can you do to improve your epilepsy treatment? Plenty. WebMD asked epilepsy experts for their advice. Take an active role. You need to be more than a patient. Be an active participant in your health care. Learn about epilepsy and its treatments. Know the names and doses of your medicines. Ask y

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  7. Epilepsy Surgery Brings Long-Term Results

    June 14, 2005 -- Brain surgeryBrain surgery to treat epilepsy can provide relief from seizures for up to 30 years, a new study suggests. "Few studies have looked at the long-term prognosis for epilepsy surgery," says researcher William H. Theodore, MD, of the National Institute of Neurological Disor

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  8. Tip Sheet: Avoiding Epilepsy Drug Interactions

    Unfortunately, many medicines for epilepsy can interact with common prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Epilepsy drugs can prevent some medicines from working normally, and other medicines can have the same effect on epilepsy drugs. Either situation can be dangerous. "There are just so many

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  9. Delaying Epilepsy Drugs May Be OK for Some

    June 9, 2005 -- Starting epilepsy drugs right away may not be necessary for people who have experienced a first seizure or who are in the early stages of epilepsy. Researchers found that immediate treatment with epilepsy drugs did not reduce the risk of repeat seizures over the long term in a large

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  10. Early Epilepsy Surgery Helps Child Development

    April 26, 2005 -- Don't wait too long to consider epilepsy surgery for young children, a new study indicates. Kids who suffer frequent epilepsy seizures don't develop normally. Most have retarded mental and social development. Seizure control -- with epilepsy drugs or a special diet -- lets children

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