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  1. Epilepsy Drug Linked to Lower IQ

    Oct. 13, 2004 -- A widely used group of epilepsy drugs already linked to birth defects is now being blamed for lowering IQ and causing developmental delays in the offspring of women who take them during pregnancy. Researchers from the U.K. reported significant reductions in IQ scores among children

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  2. Is Your Medication Working Overtime?

    Many medications on the market today are prescribed for one condition but have been found to help others as well. Is your drug doing double duty? "Many drugs do have added benefits," says Marc Siegel, MD, clinical associate professor at New York University School of Medicine. Aspirin, for example, c

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  3. How to Handle a Chronic Illness at Work

    When you have a chronic illness, such as epilepsy, peanut allergies, or diabetes, you need an ally at your place of work. Who should that ally be, how does he need to handle himself, and what should he do in case of an emergency? Here are some practical tips experts offer WebMD that will help you ba

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  4. Depression Often Accompanies Epilepsy

    Oct. 1, 2004 -- Depression is common in people with epilepsy, affecting more than a third of epilepsy patients in a recent survey. The survey, funded by GlaxoSmithKline and published in the September issue of the journal Neurology, compared depression rates among epilepsy patients, people with asthm

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  5. Epilepsy Causes Few Fatal Car Accidents

    Sept. 27, 2004 -- Here's something to be grateful for the next time you buckle up. Of all the hazards on the road, epileptic drivers aren't very likely to cause a fatal wreck. In the U.S., 86 drivers per year died as a result of crashes caused by seizures from 1995-1997, according to experts at John

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  6. Brain Chemicals Suggest Marijuana's Effects

    Sept. 15, 2004 -- Marijuana is well known for its widespread effects on the brain. The key to understanding its impact may come from the brain's own pharmacy. Brains make their own calming substances called cannabinoids, which are similar to marijuana's active ingredients. Cannabinoids are made in t

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  7. Snail Venom Studied as Source for New Drugs

    Aug. 25, 2004 -- Researchers are plumbing the depths of the seas to develop new drugs for pain relief and brain diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and epilepsy. They're particularly interested in some of the lowliest ocean dwellers: cone snails. Cone snails are mollusks found

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  8. Pokemon Seizures Linked to Epilepsy, Not TV

    July 21, 2004 -- New research suggests that the children in Japan who suffered epileptic seizures after watching a popular Japanese TV cartoon in 1997 would have probably developed seizures regardless of whether they watched the program or not. In an incident that drew worldwide attention in Decembe

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  9. Study Shows Small Seizure Risk From Vaccine

    July 20, 2004 -- There's no question that childhood vaccinations against measles, mumps, and rubella save lives. But this protection may come with a price -- an increased risk of fever-related seizures. These so-called febrile seizures occur almost three times more often in kids who get vaccinated t

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  10. Dogs Anticipate Epileptic Seizures

    June 21, 2004 -- The family dog can often sense when a child has an impending epileptic seizure, a new study shows. One dog may sit on a toddler before an attack. Another dog might push a young girl away from stairs just minutes before her seizure. Yet another dog wakes up in the night 20 minutes be

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