Epilepsy Talk

Autoimmune Epilepsy — Cause of Previously Unexplained Seizures?

November 7, 2018
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Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are the mainstay of treatment for epilepsy, but seizures continue in one-third of patients despite appropriate AED therapeutic trials.

Even in the current era, the etiology of epilepsy often remains unclear.

Some patients with unexplained partial seizures which are medication resistant may have “autoimmune epilepsy” — epilepsy characterized by autoimmune antibodies.

Although autoimmune epilepsy is still rare, it’s become an increasingly recognized cause of epilepsy, which might have been previously thought to be of unknown cause.

What is the immune system and what are the types of immune disorders?


Rewiring the Brain with Cell Transplantation

August 9, 2017
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Cell transplantation is an emerging approach for treating drug resistant epilepsy.

Regenerative medicine such as this, is a relatively “simple” process in that stem cells are often cultured from the patient’s own tissue, then processed and transfused back into the body.


Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) — Reducing Seizures By As Much As 50%

August 4, 2017
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Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been called “a promising therapy for epilepsy,” as reported by the BBC. According to the article, it’s designed for the considerable number of patients suffering from medically refractory epilepsy who are not candidates for resective brain surgery.

This seizure-interrupting device, also called a responsive neurostimulator system, is for those with temporal lobe epilepsy, bi-temporal epilepsy, and neocortical epilepsy.


Clinical Tests and Trials — Hope for Tomorrow

January 28, 2017
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I have a friend who’s tried virtually everything. Surgeries, all the appropriate meds on the market. You name it — she’s been there.

Now she’s enrolling in a program that will hopefully help her, as well as many others.


Exciting news! New pill developed to suppress epilepsy seizures

May 28, 2014
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Within a decade, people with drug-resistant epilepsy may be able to take a pill to suppress seizures as required, in a similar way to how we take painkillers to relieve a headache.


Drug Resistant Epilepsy News

December 7, 2009
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Groundbreaking news about a scientific discovery for drug resistant epilepsy!


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    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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