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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. Epilepsy Surgery Brings Long-Term Results

      June 14, 2005 -- Brain surgery Brain 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 Diso

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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 1 Lot of Epilepsy Drug Neurontin Is Recalled

      April 26, 2005 -- The FDA and drug company Pfizer have notified health care professionals of Pfizer's voluntary recall of one lot (40,000 bottles) of 100 milligram capsules of the epilepsy medication Neurontin. epilepsy medication Neurontin. Pfizer issued the recall after a mechanical failure in the

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