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  1. Pacemakers Could Cut Sudden Death in Epilepsy

    Dec. 17, 2004 -- Pacemakers could help protect epilepsy patients from sudden unexplained death, say British researchers. About 1 in 1,000 people with epilepsy die suddenly each year, leaving no clues about what killed them. To see if heart rhythm problems might be at work, researchers recruited 10 m

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  2. Antiseizure Drug Depakote Under Fire

    Dec. 7, 2004 - The antiseizure drug Depakote has been linked to birth defects and lower IQs among children exposed to it in the womb, but millions of American women may be taking it without knowing the risks, a group of epilepsy experts warned Tuesday. Officials with the Epilepsy Foundation and the

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  3. Epilepsy, Alternative Medicine May Not Mix

    Dec. 6, 2004 -- Many people with epilepsy use complementary and alternative medical products, but some of those items may conflict with traditional epilepsy treatments. Such products can include vitamin/mineral supplements as well as herbal and natural products. They're available over the counter an

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  4. Generic Epilepsy Drug Switch Tied to Seizures

    Dec. 6, 2004 -- Making the switch from a brand-name epilepsy drug to a generic one may increase the risk of seizures or other side effects, according to a new study. Researchers found that more than two-thirds of neurologists reported that their epilepsy patients experienced breakthrough seizures af

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  5. Serious Epilepsy Injuries Are Rare

    Nov. 10, 2004 -- Most injuries related to epilepsy are not severe, according to a new study. Elson So, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues report their findings in the Nov. 9 issue of the journal Neurology. The researchers studied 247 people with epilepsy living in Rochester w

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  6. Generic Epilepsy Drugs Not the Same

    Oct. 25, 2004 -- Don't switch from brand-name Dilantin to a generic version of the antiseizure drug -- or from generic to brand name, epilepsy specialists warn. The warning comes after epilepsy patients at MINCEP Epilepsy Care, in Minneapolis, Minn., suddenly began having severe seizures. The patien

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  7. Ketogenic Diet OK at Home for Epileptic Kids

    Oct. 22, 2004 -- A ketogenic diet that burns fat rather than sugar for energy may be safe to start outside a hospital setting for children with difficult-to-treat epilepsy, according to a new study. Researchers say the ketogenic diet has been used in the treatment of epilepsy for more than 80 years,

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  8. Epilepsy Affects Learning Disabilities Risk

    Oct. 14, 2004 -- People with epilepsy who have seizures originating in the left side of their brain are more likely to have learning disabilities than those with seizures in their brain's right side, according to experts in Louisiana. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that makes people susceptible

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  9. 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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  10. 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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