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Can epilepsy be tackled through surgery?

Boston - New technology, based on a computational approach, makes surgery a more viable option for patients with epilepsy. This is for situations where standard medications are not proving to be effective.

Two epileptics arrested in Edmonton for actions during seizures

Edmonton - Two men who were violent while suffering from epileptic fits have been arrested in Edmonton and charged with criminal offenses.

Has a drug causing birth defects been concealed?

Paris - Concerns have arisen over an epilepsy drug and a connection to birth defects. The concerns not only relate to the drug but also to an alleged attempt by French regulators to conceal the findings.

Epilepsy and pain management drug connected with birth defects

A medical study says the drug pregabalin, designed to treat epilepsy as well as neuropathic pain, could be linked to an increased risk of birth defects.

450 cases of birth defects from anti-epilepsy drug in France: officials

Paris - A common drug used to treat epilepsy has caused congenital defects in around 450 babies in France who were exposed to the medication before birth in the uterus, according to an estimate by health authorities published Tuesday.

FDA approves new epilepsy drug treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new treatment for epilepsy called Briviact. The drug is designed to treat partial onset seizures.

Marijuana reduces seizures in new study

A study involving medical marijuana has identified a compound found within the drug that can assist with the reduction of seizures in epilepsy patients. The patients had previously not responded well to other types of therapy.

Music may help prevent epileptic seizures, researchers find

Researchers studying epilepsy have made an interesting discovery, with a little help from music by John Coltrane and Mozart. For people with epilepsy, listening to music causes a rather unusual side-effect known as musical brainwave synchronization.

New Twitter advert dangerous to those with epilepsy

A new advert by the micro-blogging site Twitter as angered a leading epilepsy charity. Two adverts on Vine that feature a rapid succession of flashing colors.

New theory raises possibility Julius Caesar suffered mini-strokes

London - Julius Caesar is considered one of the world's greatest military leaders, his conquests at times audacious in their planning. But besides studying his victories, historians and medical scientists have long debated his health history.

Skydiver has seizure midair, saved by instructor

A skydiving instructor posted a shocking video of an instructor saving a man having a seizure in midair, in a video gone viral.

New robot can perform brain surgery with needle through cheek

Nashville - Engineers at Vanderbilt University have developed a surgical robot capable of performing intricate brain surgery by inserting a needle through the patient's cheek.

Marijuana-based epilepsy drug 'promising'

In a new U.S. study, children with treatment-resistant epilepsy have been prescribed a cannabidiol drug in clinical trials.

Study to explore medical marijuana as a treatment for epilepsy

Scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are to examine the genes from people with a form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome and who have been treated with medical marijuana. The aim is to see if medical marijuana helps.

An angel becomes an Oklahoman cannabis refugee Special

Tulsa - Brittany Hardy-Warrior has left her home to treat her child with an illegal drug that prevents seizures like no pharmaceutical drug can. Hardy-Warrior has taken the fight to Gov. Mary Fallin to legalize medical marijuana so her family can return home.

Service dog industry growing Special

“One out of 64 children is still being diagnosed with autism. Soldiers are still going to war. The need for guide dogs is greater than ever. Standards for the industry are coming in the very near future."~Jason Devito, Founder of Canines 4 Hope

Iowa passes bill to legalize cannabis treatment for children

Des Moines - Families across Iowa celebrated the news Friday that Governor Terry Branstad signed the bill enabling a low-THC medical marijuana oil extract to be used as treatment for children with severe epilepsy.

Purple Day raises Epilepsy awareness Special

Social media has been overtaken by the colour purple today, March 26, to raise awareness about epilepsy and how it affects the lives of sufferers and their family and friends.

Stem cell research provides insight into epilepsy

Researchers from the U.S. have found a way of studying epilepsy using stem cell techniques. This is the first time that an attempt has been made to study the condition in this way.

Stem cell research provides hope for epilepsy cure

Researchers from UC San Francisco have discovered a way to reverse severe forms of epilepsy in mice with stem cells, providing a new sense of hope for patients who suffer from the seizure-inducing disorder.

Rapper Lil Wayne admits he is epileptic

Grammy award-winning rapper Lil Wayne admitted he is an epileptic and recently had three back-to-back seizures which he attributed to lack of rest and stress.

Fycompa, a Drug for Epilepsy, approved by FDA

Fycompa (Perampanel) has received the FDA's approval for treatment of partial onset seizures among epilepsy patients who are 12 and older.

When house concerts offer more than just music Special

Pennington - Eric Miller uses the power of an intimate setting and musical performances to educate local and global audiences on epilepsy and its risks.

Op-Ed: Natural Medicine when Doctors Fail!

Clean water, clean food, and clean air are not as easy to come by as they once were. When one or more of these items are taken away from the human body, health problems will occur. Doctors fail to acknowledge the natural cures that cost next to nothing.

Ontario Brain Institute Leads the Way in Epilepsy Research Special

Toronto - The Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) recently began a study regarding a strict diet that has been proven to prevent seizures and convulsions in sufferers of epilepsy.

Is 'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn' contributing to seizures?

The latest installment of the Twilight Saga was one of the most anticipated movie events this year. On its Nov. 18 debut moviegoers flocked to theatres to see this movie on the big screen.

Study: Epilepsy patients more likely schizophrenic, vice versa

Researchers in Taiwan claimed they have confirmed a bidirectional relationship between epilepsy and schizophrenia consistent with prior clinical studies that linked diverse psychiatric diseases with epilepsy, and suggested a shared susceptibility exists.

Ryan's Story: Living with epilepsy in hard times Special

Toronto - Ryan's life changed quickly. A fight. A punch to the nose that could have killed him. Instead Ryan, still in his early 20's is dealing with frontal lobe epilepsy. The seizures have cost him two jobs.

Top Cat title awarded to seizure-sensing feline

Bournemouth - A cat in the UK who senses epileptic seizures, and is credited with saving her owner's life, has been chosen as "Top Cat" in a recent competition.

Op-Ed: Surviving Wonderland: raising epilepsy awareness

When my wife was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy in 2005, the word “epilepsy” was all she heard. “My ears began to buzz and I felt as if I was going to black out,” she says. “It was as if someone had just told me that I was possessed."
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Patient mockup of surgical robot designed to treat epilepsy by entering the brain through the cheek.
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Julius Caesar was thought to suffer from morbus comitialis, or the falling disease.
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