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  1. Fish Oil May Ease Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Low doses of fish oil may help reduce the number of seizures experienced by people with a form of tough-to-treat epilepsy that no longer responds to drugs, a small new study suggests. The research was led by Dr. Christophe

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  2. When Medical Marijuana Doesn’t Work

    April 30, 2014 --The first time Dana gave marijuana to her 13-year-old son, it was a mother’s act of desperation. Edward has absence seizures, also known as petit mal seizures. At least a dozen times a day, he blanks out for about 20 seconds. The seizures affect his school work and memory. His mothe

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  3. Drug vs. Drug for Epileptic Seizures in Kids

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers comparing two drugs used to treat epileptic seizures in children -- lorazepam (Ativan) and diazepam (Valium) -- found no difference between them in safety or effectiveness. Although previous studies gave th

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  4. Epilepsy Surgery Improves Patients' Lives: Research

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Dec. 8, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The vast majority of epilepsy patients who have brain surgery to treat the seizure disorder find it improves their mood and their ability to work and drive, a new study reveals. Meanwhile, a second study also indicates th

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  5. Epilepsy Drug Warnings May Slip Through Cracks

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- One-fifth of U.S. neurologists are unaware of serious safety risks associated with epilepsy drugs and are potentially risking the health of patients who could be treated with safer medications, a new study reveals. The 505 neuro

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  6. New Genetic Clues to Severe Childhood Epilepsy

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- A new technique used to identify genes associated with severe forms of childhood epilepsy could be used to find and confirm other gene mutations that cause neurological disorders, researchers report. The scientists performed a t

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  7. Implanted Device May Predict Epilepsy Seizures

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 2 (HealthDay News) -- An implanted device that monitors brain activity may offer a way to predict seizures in people with uncontrolled epilepsy, a small pilot study suggests. The findings, reported online May 2 in the journal Lancet Neurology, are based

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  8. Epilepsy, Migraines May Have Family Ties

    Jan. 8, 2013 -- People with epilepsy have a higher risk for migraines, and now new research offers evidence of a genetic link between the two conditions. The study confirmed that having a strong family history of epilepsy is a strong risk factor for migraine headaches. When researchers studied about

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  9. Epilepsy Drug Fycompa Approved by FDA

    Oct. 24, 2012 -- Fycompa (perampanel) has received FDA approval for the treatment of partial onset seizures among epilepsy patients aged 12 and older. The new drug is the first of a new class of epilepsy medications and joins the ranks of other medications available to the estimated 2 million Americ

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  10. Predicting Success Rates for Epilepsy Drugs

    May 9, 2012 -- Half of all epilepsy patients who are initially started on one anti-seizure drug remain seizure-free for at least a year, a new study confirms. Among patients followed for as long as 26 years, initial response to drug treatments strongly predicted future seizure control. Yet less than

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