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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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‘What Really Matters’ to People with Epilepsy Today

Weight gain revealed as most bothersome unwanted effect associated with epilepsy treatment. A new, on-going European survey to assess what really matters to people living with epilepsy today has been commissioned by the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE), an international umbrella organisation of national epilepsy patient groups. This survey marks the 50th anniversary of the IBE […]

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Researchers Identify Possible Trigger Point of Seizures

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have identified a brain-circuit that triggers absence seizures, the most common form of childhood epilepsy. In a study published online Aug. 21 in Nature Neuroscience, the investigators showed for the first time how defective signaling between two key brain areas — the cerebral cortex and the thalamus — can produce, […]

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