Information on Epilepsy

INTRODUCTION An important question that we get asked at the Minnesota Epilepsy Group is: “Do I still have epilepsy?” The...

Marijuana has been used for the treatment of medical conditions for over 4000 years. The medical use of marijuana is...

Did you know that patients with epilepsy have a higher incidence of migraine headaches (and vice-versa!)? Patients are usually referred...

INTRODUCTION A common question that we receive in clinic relates to the chance that a parent will “pass on” their...

I would like to direct our readers towards an interesting study.  This study did very long-term follow-up on children who had...

Approximately 30% of patients with epilepsy continue to have seizures despite trying several antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). This 30% of patients...

The brand vs generic issue is a hot-topic in the epilepsy community. Patients with epilepsy may take generic antiepileptic drugs...

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS The North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry recently reported its important new findings (Hernandez-Diaz, 2012). The report compares...

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS Catamenial epilepsy is a condition in which seizures increase around the time of a woman’s period. The change...

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) can be defined as: 1) a patient with epilepsy unexpectedly dies; 2)...

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS Concussion is defined as trauma induced alteration in mental status (= not thinking right) that may or may...

Epilepsy surgery should not be a “last-resort.” Epilepsy surgery is a proven method to improve and potentially completely control seizures...

INTRODUCTION Two new antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) have had recent FDA approval. The first medication to be discussed is clobazam (band...

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS Head trauma is one of the most commonly identified reasons that patients develop epilepsy. Most studies suggest that...

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS Stem cell therapy for epilepsy is a possible treatment option in the future. Stem cell therapy may prove...

The purpose of having an EEG (Electroencephalogram) done is to give your doctor information about your brain activity and the...

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS A seizure is a temporary change in the electrical activity of the brain. A seizure is an excess...

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS The brand vs generic antiepileptic drug (AED) controversy remains a hot debate in the epilepsy community. Generic AEDs...

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS Long-term use of certain seizure medications can result in thinning of a person’s bones. Reduced bone density results...