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Battling Epilepsy

Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of epilepsy.  The seizures following head trauma can develop days, weeks or even months later.  Frequently, the cause and effect between an accident and the development of a seizure disorder is overlooked.  Seizures can come in many forms from the full blown body convulsions to merely staring into space, eye blinks, to various types of convulsions, waking up in the middle of then night and sleep walking.

Today's New York Times science section contains a very good article on this condition.  Some of the points made by the article include:

  • 30% of those suffering from epilepsy have seizures that are not controlled by existing medication.
  • More than 2.7 million Americans, half of them children suffer from epilepsy.
  • Epilepsy and the medication used to control seizures can cause problems in learning, memory and behavior.
  • Epilepsy carriers a stigma and ongoing significant embarrassment.
  • Significant new treatments exist for the control of epilepsy including new drugs, surgery and diets.

The most important part of the article however is that persons who suffer from epilepsy and seizures should never give up hope.

You can read the full article by clicking here.

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Ellen Weber

Wow - Congrats on the exciting news Michael - I will look forward to the updayes on this one!

Just back from working with medical professionals for one month in Ireland -- what an amazing group! It was fun to come back to your good news. Stay well!

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