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Hypertension may increase risk of developing epilepsy

Hypertension may increase risk of developing epilepsy

Hypertension may double an adult’s risk of developing epilepsy, according to a new study published in Epilepsia. In the study of 2,986 U.S. adults with an average age of 58 years, 55 new cases of epilepsy were identified during an average follow-up of 19 years. Hypertension, defined as presence of elevated blood pressure or use of […]

Epilepsy Experts Share Updates

Epilepsy Experts Share Updates

Six multidisciplinary experts on epilepsy shared the latest updates on the neurological condition that affects over 65 million people worldwide, including 3.4 million in the United States, in a virtual epilepsy symposium hosted Nov. 6 by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The Third Annual Epilepsy Symposium consisted of segments focused on pediatric […]

Excellent Outcomes of Epilepsy Surgery in Babies Younger Than 3 Months

Excellent Outcomes of Epilepsy Surgery in Babies Younger Than 3 Months

Surgical treatment of drug resistant epilepsy should not be delayed based solely on age, if it is performed at an experienced tertiary center Epilepsy surgery in infants younger than 3 months is safe and effective, according to a multinational, multicenter study published in the journal Epilepsia. The study found that surgery can stop seizures and lessen […]

Medical Myths: All about epilepsy

Medical Myths: All about epilepsy

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), epilepsy affects an estimated 1.2% of people in the United States. That equates to around 3.4 million people. Globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that epilepsy affects around 50 million people. Of these, some 80% live in low- or middle-income countries. The primary symptom for most people with […]

Focused ultrasound may help some with drug-resistant epilepsy

Focused ultrasound may help some with drug-resistant epilepsy

Some adults with epilepsy that does not respond to standard anti-seizure medication may benefit from a treatment that delivers low-intensity ultrasonic waves to the brain, a study published Wednesday by the journal Epilepsia found. The treatment, called focused ultrasound, uses sound waves to heat the brain tissue in the region in which a person’s epileptic […]

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