Epilepsy and Seizures Center

Epilepsy is characterized by recurrent episodes of loss or alteration of consciousness, posturing, and/or muscular jerking, usually lasting from seconds to minutes.

Overview

Adult-Onset

Childhood Seizures

Related Articles

Symptoms that May be Confused with Seizures

Antiepileptic Drugs

Tiagabine

Non-Drug Treatments

External Resources

AAN Guidelines: Epilepsy
Epilepsy Foundation
Epilepsy.com: Surgery
ILAE Antiepileptic Drug Database
International League Against Epilepsy
National Society for Epilepsy
NICE Guidelines: Epilepsy
NINDS Epilepsy Information Page

Communities

Epilepsy Community Forum
Support for patients with epilepsy and seizures and related neurological disorders. Discussions among patients, families, caregivers and professionals on topics related to diagnosis, treatment, and activities of daily living.

News

Researchers identify possible trigger point of epileptic seizures
Aug 22, 2011
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have identified a brain-circuit defect that triggers absence seizures, the most common form of childhood epilepsy.
A better approach to diagnosing and treating epilepsy
Aug 01, 2011
Using state-of-the-art, 7 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology, University of Minnesota Medical School researchers may have uncovered a better approach to diagnosing epilepsy. In the process, the team was able to cure 8 patients of all epileptic symptoms.
Fast ripples confirmed to be valuable biomarker of area responsible for seizure activity in children
Jul 29, 2011
New research focusing on high-frequency oscillations, termed ripples and fast ripples, recorded by intracranial electroencephalography (EEG), may provide an important marker for the localization of the brain region responsible for seizure activity, according to a study now available in Epilepsia.
A gene discovery in truffle dogs sheds new light on the mechanisms of childhood epilepsy
Jul 28, 2011
The gene discovery made by a research group at the University of Helsinki and the Folkhälsan Rsearch Center offers a new candidate gene for human benign childhood epilepsies characterized by seizure remission.
Study highlights success of brain surgery for severe epilepsy
Jul 21, 2011
Two thirds of people with severe and otherwise untreatable epilepsy were completely cured of their frequent seizures after undergoing neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, according to a new study that examined 143 of these patients 2 years after their operations.
Greater seizure frequency seen in women with epilepsy during anovulatory cycle
Jul 14, 2011
A recent multicenter study determined that women with generalized tonic-clonic seizures had a greater number of seizures during anovulatory cycles—menstrual cycles where an egg is not released—than in cycles where ovulation occurs. According to the study publishing today in Epilepsia, reproductive steroids may play a role ingeneralized tonic-clonic seizure occurrence.
Variation in make-up of generic epilepsy drugs can lead to dosing problems
Jul 05, 2011
Generic anti-epilepsy drugs, pharmaceutical products similar to brand-name versions, save consumers billions of dollars each year, but some are different enough from branded formulations that they may not be effective, particularly if patients switch between two generic drugs.
Researchers find master switch for adult epilepsy
Jun 27, 2011
UC Irvine and French researchers have identified a central switch responsible for the transformation of healthy brain cells into epileptic ones, opening the way to both treat and prevent temporal lobe epilepsy.
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