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EFGC’s Studio E artwork on display at American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting

BALTIMORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Lundbeck announced its Studio E: The Epilepsy Art Therapy Program will be made available in 21 cities next year through partnerships with local Epilepsy Foundation affiliates across the country. Earlier this year, Studio E was launched to offer group art therapy sessions as an outlet of expression for people with epilepsy. In celebration of artwork created during […]

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Vascular risk linked to long-term antiepileptic drug therapy

New research reveals that patients with epilepsy who were treated for extended periods with older generation antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) may be at increased risk for developing atherosclerosis, a common disorder known as hardening of the arteries. According to the findings now available in Epilepsia, the journal of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), the vascular risk […]

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Brain Stimulator Shown to Reduce ‘Untreatable’ Epileptic Seizures

Brain stimulation, already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor, has now been shown to offer significant relief to patients with intractable seizures for whom drugs and other treatments have not worked. Read more…

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Abbott Said to Agree to Pay $1.3 Billion for Depakote Suits

Abbott Laboratories agreed to pay at least $1.3 billion to settle claims by the U.S. government and 24 states alleging the company illegally marketed its Depakote epilepsy drug, people familiar with the accords said. Read more…

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FDA approves Onfi to treat severe type of seizures

On Oct. 21, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Onfi tablets (clobazam) for use as an adjunctive (add-on) treatment for seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome in adults and children 2 years of age and older. As Onfi is intended to treat a disease or condition that affects fewer than 200,000 people in the United […]

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For Many, Epilepsy Surgery Effective Long-Term

Almost half of the people who undergo surgery for epilepsy remain free of seizures 10 years later, a new study finds. Current practice is to treat patients with medication, and only when drugs can’t control seizures — often many years later — does a patient become a candidate for surgery. This study suggests that some patients with […]

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Preterm birth linked to epilepsy risk in adults

Adults who were born prematurely may have a higher risk of the seizure disorder epilepsy than those who were born full-term, a new study suggests. Read more…

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Adjunctive antiepileptic drug treatment can lower risk of dying from a sudden unexpected death

New research published online in The Lancet Neurology, found that epilepsy patients who receive additional treatment with anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) have about a seven times lower risk of passing away from sudden unexpected death—the most common cause of death in epilepsy patients. Sudden unexplained death is 20 times more common in people with epilepsy than in the […]

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NEUROLOGY/LASER SURGERY: Minimally invasive laser surgery revolutionizes epilepsy treatment

“Based on our experience, we believe the use of MRI-guided laser surgery will change the face of epilepsy treatment and provide a life-changing option for many epilepsy surgery candidates—both children and adults,” said Dr. Angus Wilfong, director of Texas Children’s Hospital’s (TCH’s) comprehensive epilepsy program and associate professor of pediatrics and neurology at Baylor College of Medicine. The […]

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Brad Ratner Apologizes for Epileptic Joke in ‘Tower Heist’ Trailer

Tower Heist director Brett Ratner apologized for a joke in the trailer to his upcoming comedy that targets epileptics. Actor Greg Grunberg (Heroes), who has a 15-year-old son with epilepsy, took issue with the scene, which features a con played by Eddie Murphy calling an old childhood pal played by Ben Stiller “little seizure boy.” Read […]

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