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May 2, 2012 · by James White, MD · Education, Featured Topics, Patient Information

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS Concussion is defined as trauma induced alteration in mental status (= not thinking right) that may or may not involve loss of consciousness. 1.6-3.8 million concussions per year occur in the United States. Those who experience a concussion with loss of consciousness are 6 times more likely to have another concussion (compared to…

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…

April 18, 2012 · by James White, MD · Education, Epilepsy News, Featured Topics, Misc Topics, Patient Information

INTRODUCTION Two new antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) have had recent FDA approval. The first medication to be discussed is clobazam (band name = Onfi). This drug is currently available. The second AED is ezogabine (brand name = Potiga). Ezogabine is not yet available in pharmacies, but should be available soon. The purpose of this article is…

April 11, 2012 · by James White, MD · Education, Featured Topics, News, Patient Information

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS Head trauma is one of the most commonly identified reasons that patients develop epilepsy. Most studies suggest that approximately 6% of patients with epilepsy have TBI as the cause. The more severe the head trauma, the higher the risk of developing epilepsy. For example, patients with penetrating brain injury have a 53% chance…

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…

July 20, 2011 · by James White, MD · Diagnosis, Education, Patient Information, Treatment

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS A seizure is a temporary change in the electrical activity of the brain. A seizure is an excess of electricity- like a power surge. This is what causes the symptoms of a seizure. When a first seizure occurs, a thorough evaluation is indicated. The evaluation often includes: 1) History and physical exam; 2)…

July 13, 2011 · by James White, MD · Education, Featured Topics, Patient Information, Seizure Types, Treatment

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS The brand vs generic antiepileptic drug (AED) controversy remains a hot debate in the epilepsy community. Generic AEDs are often much less expensive for patients compared to brand AEDs.  However, brand AEDs may provide more reliable seizure medication levels which could potentially reduce side effects and improve seizure control. We recommend that decisions…

May 4, 2011 · by James White, MD · Education, Epilepsy, Patient Information

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS Long-term use of certain seizure medications can result in thinning of a person’s bones. Reduced bone density results in osteopenia (mild bone density loss) or osteoporosis (severe bone density loss). Osteoporosis can be very problematic for quality of life! Low bone density predisposes people to bone fractures.  People with epilepsy are at higher…

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