March 9, 1994 |
British doctors reported last week that they were using magnetic scanning techniques to identify brain tumors that cause epilepsy and removing the tumors with almost total success. The tumors have been identified as a cause of epilepsy only in the past five years, and doctors have just started using new scanning methods to find them. But neurologists at Britain's National Society for Epilepsy said they had used magnetic resonance scanning to find the tumors and then surgically removed them with great success.
April 14, 2011 |
Johnson & Johnson said Thursday it was recalling two lots of the prescription drug Topamax, often used to treat epilepsy, because of four complaints about odors that the company attributes to chemicals used to treat shipping pallets. The 100mg tablets (60 per bottle) were in lots 0KG110 and 0LG222. Lot numbers can be seen on the packaging. Patients can contact their doctor, pharmacist or the company to return the products. The pills were produced by the Ortho-McNeil Neurologics Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary.
April 12, 1986 |
Welcome to the real world, kids. A look at "Disney Sunday Movie" suggests that the studio's new management, under Michael Eisner, is attempting to lure young audiences with less fantasy and much more reality than Uncle Walt ever used. This weekend's ABC film, "A Fighting Choice" (Channel 6 at 7 p.m. Sunday), is about teenager Kellin Taylor (played by Patrick Dempsey) who suffers from epilepsy. His concerned, devoted parents, Meg and Thad (Karen Valentine and Beau Bridges) are protective of the lad, who desperately wants to lead a normal life.
September 29, 1991 |
Epilepsy, a seizure-causing disorder, occurs in cats and dogs as well as human beings. According to scientists at the Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine, a genetic factor among dogs "has been proven or is highly suspicious as causing epilepsy in the German shepherd, beagle, keeshond, Belgian tervuren and Belgian shepherd. " Though no genetic factors have yet been found, the Cornell scientists also report a high incidence in poodles, wire-haired terriers, cocker spaniels, Saint Bernards, Irish setters, collies, boxers and dachshunds.
January 19, 1998 |
In the 15 years she has battled epilepsy, Erinn Farver has tried countless medications and even explored the possibility of a brain operation. But the drugs have done little but make her sleepy, and her seizures are not the type that disappear with surgery. Now, she is hoping that the latest innovation in epilepsy therapy - an electronic brain stimulator - will make the difference. On Dec. 15, surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center made her one of the first patients in the nation to receive the device, which looks like a hockey puck and is inserted in the chest just beneath the collarbone.
August 31, 2010 |
LONDON - GlaxoSmithKline P.L.C. and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International say they may have to wait an extra three months for the U.S. regulatory review of their potential epilepsy treatment ezogabine. The two companies said today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has extended its target date under the Prescription Drug User Act to review ezogabine to Nov. 30 from Aug. 30. Ezogabine is designed for patients already taking one to three other anti-epileptic drugs. Glaxo, which is based in London and has operations in the Philadelphia area, and Valeant, which is based in Aliso Viejo, Calif.
March 23, 2013 |
Eric Miller felt he had waited his whole life for Carolina. "She was exceptional by every measure," he said, "smart, full of life, beautiful. " When she died, suddenly, from an epileptic seizure in August 2011, at age 26 and not even two years after their wedding, he was driven to do something in her memory, to find meaning in his grief. So he set out to try something a tad crazy, arranging 50 concerts in 50 states this weekend - including by guitar great Eric Clapton - all to raise epilepsy awareness.
April 3, 2000 |
Much has been done to help many people live well with epilepsy - the subtle, complex, sometimes devastating, brain disorder that afflicts more than 2 million Americans. But "Curing Epilepsy" was the goal last week of an unusual White House-initiated meeting of patients, clinicians and researchers. The cure - or cures - for epilepsy may still be a long way off, said Gerald Fischbach, the conference chairman and director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a unit of the National Institutes of Health.
February 21, 2013 |
Philadelphia researchers have detected part of the virus that causes cervical cancer in a surprising place: a congenital brain malformation that causes an intractable form of epilepsy in children. This is the first study to uncover evidence of the microbe - human papillomavirus (HPV) - in the brain. It is also the first to suggest that an infection in the fetal brain leads to the malformation, which has no known genetic or environmental cause. Peter Crino, a neurologist in the Shriners Hospitals Pediatric Research Center at Temple University, conducted the study with colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania.
April 30, 2013 |
Repurposing an existing drug, researchers in Lancaster and Philadelphia reported last week that they had prevented seizures in an extremely rare form of epilepsy and suggested future lines of attack against more common types of the disorder. The immediate finding involves a neurodevelopmental disorder almost unheard of in the general population. But an estimated 4 percent of Old Order Mennonites in Lancaster County carry the genetic mutation. Offspring of two carriers develop what the community calls "pretzel syndrome" because of the odd patterns babies form with their limbs.