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BREAKTHROUGH: Brain Surgery Through the Cheek

For those most severely affected, treating epilepsy means drilling through the skull deep into the brain to destroy the small area where the seizures originate – invasive, dangerous and with a long recovery period. Five years ago, a team of Vanderbilt engineers wondered: Is it possible to address epileptic seizures in a less invasive way? […]

Restrict Valproate, EMA Committee Urges

Another Depakote Warning. The European Medicine Agency (EMA)’s Pharmacovigilance and Risk Assessment Committee has recommended strengthening the restrictions on the use of valproate in women of childbearing age. This is because of the risk for malformations and developmental problems in children exposed to valproate during pregnancy. The committee recommends that valproate not be used to […]

Research Shows Neurons “Fine Tuned” For Electrical Imbalances

Neurons actively ‘fine tune’ for electrical imbalances at the genetic level, MU research finds Neurons are electrically charged cells, located in the nervous system, that interpret and transmit information using electrical and chemical signals. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have determined that individual neurons can react differently to electrical signals at the molecular […]

Granddaughter’s suffering needs to end

Mackenzie Kulawy’s seemingly last hope is medical marijuana. We watched our beautiful little toddler with a quirky smile turn into a zombie at age 4, taking medication that in the end didn’t help her seizures. Then, she experienced withdrawal from being taken off of it – which many adults find difficult.Then going on a very […]

Empowering Youth With Epilepsy Education!

Why We Should Empower Youth With Epilepsy Education Last spring, I joined my daughter Journey’s fifth grade class as a volunteer on her field trip. I had the pleasure of watching a classmate approach Journey who was taking photos of a museum exhibit. The classmate suggested she turn off the camera flash; he was concerned […]