Wednesday, 4 April 2007

Predicting epilepsy, is it possible?

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Patients that suffer a traumatic brain injury, from motor vehicle accidents to war-injuries from Iraq, are at an increased risk for developing the seizure disorder epilepsy -- on top of the many challenges they already face. But time and energy are now being focused on this somewhat newly realized issue, and efforts are being made to both identify those who are at highest risk and then intervene to help them avoid it if possible.

Sadly, the technology isn't completely there yet, and doctors are often frustrated because they know a particular patient is at high risk but can do nothing about it. On the up side, however, experts are gaining a better understanding of the condition every day, and several new drugs are showing definite promise in studies.

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