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Epilepsy is relatively common - it is a group of disorders that involve recurrent seizures. Epilepsy can start at any age, but it mostly begins during childhood. Treatment involves using epilepsy drugs to control seizures. In rare cases, surgery may be used to either remove a specific area of the brain that is affected, or install an electrical device to assist in controlling seizures.
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People with epilepsy face increased risks of discrimination and other negative life events

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 03:00
In a recent analysis, people with epilepsy were seven-fold more likely to have reported experiencing discrimination due to health problems than the general population.
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Epilepsy drugs work by 'wedging themselves' into receptors

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 03:00
Examining the nature of epilepsy drug interactions promises to help improve treatment. There are still many molecular mysteries to be solved.
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Epilepsy surgery found safe and cost-effective

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 03:00
Research has shown that surgery can provide important benefits for patients with epilepsy. Now a new study finds that it is also cost-effective.
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Newer epilepsy drugs taken while pregnant not associated with lower IQs in children

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 03:00
Two epilepsy drugs, levetiracetam and topiramate, may not harm the thinking skills and IQs of school-age children born to women who took them while pregnant, according to a recent study.
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Relief for epilepsy at the scale of a single cell

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 03:00
Researchers at Linköping University have developed in collaboration with French colleagues a small device that both detects the initial signal of an epileptic attack and doses a substance that...
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A virtual brain helps decrypt epilepsy

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 12:00
Researchers at CNRS, INSERM, Aix-Marseille University and AP-HM have just created a virtual brain that can reconstitute the brain of a person affected by epilepsy for the first time.
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Novel compounds arrested epilepsy development in mice

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 03:00
A team led by Nicolas Bazan, MD, PhD, Boyd Professor and Director of LSU Health New Orleans' Neuroscience Center of Excellence, has developed neuroprotective compounds that may prevent the...
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US suicide rate for people with Epilepsy exceeds levels in general population

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 03:00
Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control studied the prevalence of suicide among people with epilepsy compared to the population...
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Suicide rate is 22% higher among people with epilepsy than the general population

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 12:00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues first report on epilepsy and suicide.
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New technique could revolutionize surgical treatment of epilepsy

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 10:00
Scientists at the University of Exeter have developed a pioneering new technique that could revolutionise the surgical treatment of epilepsy.
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Can anti-inflammatory therapies be effective against epilepsy?

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:00
In epileptic patients, seizures lead to an increased level of inflammation-related proteins called chemokines in the brain, and systemic inflammation likely helps trigger and promote the recurrence...
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Our biological clock governs neuron reactivity

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 08:00
Researchers from the University of Liège (Belgium), in collaboration with colleagues from Milan (Italy), Surrey (UK) and West Virginia (USA), discovered that controlling neuron reactivity is part...
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Does oral cannabidiol convert to THC, a psychoactive form of cannabinoid, in the stomach?

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 10:00
A new study demonstrating the conversion of oral cannabidiol (CBD) to the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the presence of gastric fluids could explain why children given CBD to...
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Childhood-onset epilepsy has long-term effects on patients' health and social status

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 10:00
Children and adolescents with epilepsy experience significant long-term socioeconomic consequences and higher personal health care costs.
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Links between autism and epilepsy deepen

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 03:00
New research shows that having a first-degree relative with epilepsy significantly increases the risk of being diagnosed with autism.
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How stress increases seizures for patients with epilepsy

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 03:00
Epilepsy changes the way the brain responds to stress, researchers find, which may explain why stress can increase seizure frequency.
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Anti-epileptic drug linked to birth defects when taken with other drugs

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 08:00
In an analysis of pregnancies in Australia from 1999 to 2014 in which women were taking anti-epileptic drugs, fetal malformation rates fell over time in pregnancies where only one drug was taken...
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