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Twitter Adding to Stigma of Epilepsy, Study Says
Published on March 6, 2012

The social networking service known as Twitter seems to have become a platform for derogatory comments about epilepsy and seizures, researchers say. In a study published in the February issue of Epilepsy and Behavior, Canadian researchers analyzed nearly 11,000 seizure-related “tweets” and deemed 41 percent of them as offensive. The study authors pointed out that the messages on this social networking service [...]

Epilepsy community concerned over AHRQ’s AED drug comparison study
Published on February 21, 2012

Leading representatives of the American Epilepsy Society, American Academy of Neurology, and the Epilepsy Foundation today reported they have grave concerns about the implications and potential misuse of the anticonvulsant (AED) drug comparisons study recently released by the U.S. Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ).  Read more…

Gene therapy for epilepsy could stop seizures, UF researchers say
Published on February 16, 2012

Sparking production of a hormone in the brain that people with epilepsy often lack could prevent debilitating seizures, University of Florida researchers have discovered. Read more…

Chicago Bear, J.T Thomas, Takes Young Fan with Epilepsy to the Superbowl
Published on February 7, 2012

A Chicago teenager’s dream of attending Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis is coming true thanks to Chicago Bears player. On Saturday Chicago Bears linebacker J.T. Thomas surprised 14-year-old Anthony Granberry, who is epileptic, with two tickets to the game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Granberry developed epilepsy at the age of 7 and has spent much [...]

UCSF Shares $25-Million Grant to Find Epilepsy Genes
Published on January 24, 2012

To probe the genetic secrets of one of the most common neurological diseases, more than 4,000 people with various forms of epilepsy will have their DNA decoded over the next five years in a study led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and several collaborating institutions. Read more…