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Adjunctive antiepileptic drug treatment can lower risk of dying from a sudden unexpected death
Published on September 22, 2011

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 […]

NEUROLOGY/LASER SURGERY: Minimally invasive laser surgery revolutionizes epilepsy treatment
Published on September 18, 2011

“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 […]

Brad Ratner Apologizes for Epileptic Joke in ‘Tower Heist’ Trailer
Published on September 6, 2011

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 […]

‘What Really Matters’ to People with Epilepsy Today
Published on August 30, 2011

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 […]

Researchers Identify Possible Trigger Point of Seizures
Published on August 22, 2011

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, […]