Posts Tagged ‘epilepsy’

November 6, 2014 · by · Epilepsy News

Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the U.S. More than 2.2 million Americans have epilepsy. Epilepsy can affect people at any age or stage of their life, but occurs more frequently in children under the age of 1 and adults over the age of 55. What is epilepsy? Dr. James White, Minnesota…

September 10, 2013 · by James White, MD · Education, Epilepsy, News, Patient Information, Treatment

Marijuana has been used for the treatment of medical conditions for over 4000 years. The medical use of marijuana is currently a hotly debated topic. There are some anecdotal reports of patients using marijuana to treat seizures. The popular media has recently run stories about patients using marijuana for their epilepsy. Some patients describe that marijuana improves…

August 16, 2012 · by James White, MD · Education, Epilepsy, Featured Topics, Patient Information, Women with epilepsy

Did you know that patients with epilepsy have a higher incidence of migraine headaches (and vice-versa!)? Patients are usually referred to our clinic for evaluation of their seizures. I will routinely ask patients about their headaches. If the patient has problematic headaches, treatment of the headaches may dramatically improve their quality of life. It is…

August 1, 2012 · by James White, MD · Education, Epilepsy, Featured Topics, Patient Information

INTRODUCTION A common question that we receive in clinic relates to the chance that a parent will “pass on” their epilepsy to their children. Also, if one child has epilepsy, will their brother or sister develop epilepsy? These are important questions. The answer is, of course, complicated. The answers to such questions must be tailored…

May 23, 2012 · by James White, MD · Education, Featured Topics, Patient Information, Pregnancy

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS The North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry recently reported its important new findings (Hernandez-Diaz, 2012). The report compares the frequency of major malformations in the developing fetus in women taking an antiepileptic drug (AED) during their pregnancy. New and older AEDs are analyzed. Major malformations are serious medical problems that the fetus can…

May 16, 2012 · by James White, MD · Education, Featured Topics, Patient Information, Women with epilepsy

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS Catamenial epilepsy is a condition in which seizures increase around the time of a woman’s period. The change in seizure frequency noted around the time of the period appears to be due to hormonal changes. Estrogen tends to increase seizure activity Progesterone tends to reduce seizure activity. As women go through the changes…

May 9, 2012 · by James White, MD · Education, Misc Topics, Patient Information

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) can be defined as: 1) a patient with epilepsy unexpectedly dies; 2) no cause of death is identified at autopsy. Early death rates are higher in patients with epilepsy compared to the general population. Most early deaths in patients with epilepsy are due to the underlying disorder,…

April 25, 2012 · by James White, MD · Education, Featured Topics, Patient Information

Epilepsy surgery should not be a “last-resort.” Epilepsy surgery is a proven method to improve and potentially completely control seizures in selected patients. Epilepsy surgery is considered in patients who have not had control of their seizures despite trials with 2 or more antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Epilepsy surgery can dramatically change a patient’s life. The…

March 26, 2012 · by James White, MD · Education, Epilepsy News, Featured Topics, Patient Information

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS Stem cell therapy for epilepsy is a possible treatment option in the future. Stem cell therapy may prove useful for: Improving seizure control Improving memory issues Stem cell therapy is not yet approved for the treatment of epilepsy- the safety and effectiveness of such treatment has to be thoroughly studied and approved by…

March 13, 2012 · by · Technology

There’s an app for just about everything these days, if you or a loved one suffer from epilepsy there are a few apps out there that may help.  Here’s a few that we found: Epilepsy Society App by The National Society for Epilepsy Features: Seizure diary Seizure facts Medication information Recovery guide Download for iPhone…

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