Hard-to-Treat Epilepsy? Surgical Advances May Help You

If you have treatment-resistant epilepsy, you may benefit from recent advances in surgical procedures. The newest is a treatment called responsive neurostimulation therapy, which the FDA approved late last year. The treatment can alleviate epilepsy for some patients with partial onset seizures that have not been controlled by two or more medications and are not candidates for surgical resection. The treatment is … Read More

Free App Helps You Better Manage Your Epilepsy

A free, educational and interactive iPad tool called MyEpilepsy now allows you and your physician to manage your epilepsy more effectively. The app brings information and technology to bear on your condition and puts it all at your fingertips. A focus on three major needs Most importantly, the app covers three major needs of epilepsy … Read More

Swallowing Your Tongue and Other Epilepsy Myths

Some myths about epilepsy are centuries old, but they still persist. Imad Najm, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Epilepsy Center dispels 13 of the most common myths about epilepsy: Myth 1: If you’ve had a seizure, you have epilepsy Fact: A person is diagnosed with epilepsy when he or she has two or more unprovoked … Read More

Epilepsy and Your Sex Life: Enhancing Intimacy

Just about all aspects of a person’s life can be impacted by a diagnosis of epilepsy, including working, driving and family life. But the effects of epilepsy can reach into the bedroom as well, causing sexual dysfunction and disrupting intimate relationships. “Patients often think about the things they can’t do on a larger scale, but a lot of … Read More

If You Are a Cancer Survivor, This Is a Must Read

Getting through cancer treatment successfully is something to celebrate. To stay in good health, doctors say you need to watch for other symptoms, including vision changes, headaches and problems with balance. What many cancer survivors don’t realize is that 25 percent of people who survive some common cancers go on to develop a brain tumor. These … Read More

Epilepsy Misunderstood: Best Ways You Can Cope

Misconceptions about epilepsy can drive those who have the disorder to hide their condition. But being open about it is one of the best ways to cope with the stigma, says Tatiana Falcone, MD, a child psychiatrist who specializes in treating people with epilepsy. “Every seizure could be a teaching moment for the people around … Read More

Best Tips for Treating, Living With Essential Tremor

Managing stressful feelings and situations is a life skill for all of us, but it’s especially important if you struggle with essential tremor. While medication and lifestyle changes can help control symptoms, stress, in particular, can easily aggravate the condition. At first, essential tremor can resemble Parkinson’s disease. But you can tell the two conditions … Read More

Diet for Epilepsy Treatment: High-Fat, Low-Carb

When a child with epilepsy hasn’t responded to two anti-seizure medications and isn’t a candidate for epilepsy surgery, there’s a third option to consider — a ketogenic diet. What is this diet? Think high-fat, low-carb. “It’s based on a ratio of fat to carbohydrates and proteins,” says board-certified epileptologist Ahsan Moosa Naduvil Valappil, MD. “A … Read More

FDA-Approved Device Holds Promise for Seizure Relief

It’s being heralded as a major breakthrough in epilepsy treatment — an implantable device that can detect the beginnings of abnormal brain activity and disrupt it with electrical pulses before it becomes a seizure. The device is called the NeuroPace RNS System, and it received FDA approval for use in people with epilepsy whose seizures … Read More