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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Older Epilepsy Drugs Promote Bone Loss

    June 8, 2004 - Older women who take antiseizure drugs are at increased risk for developing osteoporosis, according to findings from one of the largest and longest studies of bone loss and epilepsy treatment ever reported. Researchers found that elderly women who took drugs to control their epilepsy

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  9. Seizure Medication Linked to Birth Defects

    April 29, 2004 - Children born to women taking the commonly prescribed seizure medication Depakote are more likely to have birth defects and other problems. Researchers say that if possible women should avoid taking this medication during their childbearing years. In the study, presented at the annu

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  10. Epileptic Seizure: Red Flag for Stroke

    April 9, 2004 -- An unexplained epileptic seizure is a red flag: After age 60, a seizure could mean a great risk for stroke, new research shows. A first-time seizure after age 60 means an almost threefold higher risk of stroke, reports lead researcher Paul Cleary, MD, with Scotland's Gartnaval Gener

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