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  1. Many Women Know Little About Their Epilepsy

    Nov. 5, 2001 -- Living with epilepsy is hard enough. When you throw women's issues into the mix, it gets even more complicated. And now a new study shows that many women don't know enough about having epilepsy. Researchers at Ohio State University in Columbus looked at 48 women who had been living w

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  2. Some Kids on Epilepsy Diet Still Seizure-Free

    Oct. 2, 2001 -- In the 1997 Meryl Streep movie "First Do No Harm," the epilepsy diet saves her child. Long-term results of a clinical trial show that real life can be just like the movies -- sometimes. It's not the first thing parents should try. Modern drugs control seizures for most children with

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  3. Epilepsy Can Increase Risk of Traffic Accidents

    Sept. 11, 2001 -- People with epilepsy may feel it's safe to drive when their seizures seem to be under control, but is that really a safe assumption? "Patients with epilepsy were seven times more likely to have a driving accident leading to emergency room care than those without epilepsy," Svend Li

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  4. Brain Surgery an Alternative When Seizure Drugs Fail

    Aug. 1, 2001 -- Brain surgery for seizures sounds pretty drastic, but a report in this week's New England Journal of Medicine recommends it when drugs fail to help people with temporal lobe epilepsy. This condition affects tens of thousands of people in the U.S., and symptoms may involve losing touc

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  5. Implant Device Helps Many Untreatable Epilepsy Patients

    Sept. 27, 2000 -- A new device implanted in the chest of epilepsy patients -- adults as well as children -- can greatly reduce seizures in some patients, even those who have not responded to anti-epilepsy drugs, according to two separate studies. The device, called a vagus nerve stimulator, "is as g

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  6. Seizure Drug May Be Effective When Others Fail

    Sept. 12, 2000 -- With advances in seizure medication over the last few years, more and more victims of epilepsy are able to live life to the fullest despite their illness. But there are still many patients whose seizures remain uncontrolled, even after a great deal of trial and error with various d

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  7. The Unseen Side of Epilepsy

    Sept. 6, 2000 -- Call it the hidden side of epilepsy -- the complications beyond seizures, such as getting a driver's license or a job, forming relationships, and participating in sports. A recent Italian study detailed how adult epileptics were faring in society and found that, in general, they fac

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  8. Afraid Your Child Might Have Epilepsy?

    Aug. 9, 2000 -- Some good news for worried parents: Most kids who have an unexplained seizure will never have another, according to a new study. The bad news, however, is that if a second seizure does occur -- and does so within 6 months of the first -- they are more likely to have several more. The

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  9. Epilepsy Surgery May Be Best Bet When Medications Fail

    June 19, 2000 -- At least once a week, Jane Price dresses up as a clown and visits hospitals and nursing homes in Gardendale, Ala., where she lives. "When someone's in the hospital, they feel bored; they don't feel at home," she says. "A clown can bring patients a touch of joy. We call it 'therapeut

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  10. Cost of Epilepsy Higher Than Previous Estimates

    March 30, 2000 (Atlanta) -- As many as 44% of the people in the U.S. who have epilepsy -- more than 1 million people -- continue to have seizures, despite getting medical treatment, according to a report in the March issue of the journal Epilepsia. These people, and others who have uncontrolled epil

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