It’s been nearly 40 years, but Linda Grahek remembers the day when something “was just not right” with her infant son, John. To this day, Linda is unsure whether John’s condition was caused by high fever, a case of measles or having been delivered with forceps, she said. There’s no history of epilepsy in the family.
The attention focused on a seizure suffered by University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill 11 days ago has given the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota a chance to educate the public on a medical condition that is much more common than most people realize - but also is shrouded in misinformation.
The Food and Drug Administration said today a nerve stimulating implant from Minneapolis-based Medtronic failed to significantly reduce seizures in epilepsy patients. The stock was trading down this morning on the NYSE.
Researchers say antiepilectic drug treatments administered when the brain is developing appear to trigger schizophrenia like behavior in animal models. In humans, having a history of seizures in infancy is a significant risk factor for development of schizophrenia later in life, but it is not known whether the elevated risk is due to seizures themselves, or from side effects antiepileptic drug (AED) treatment.
, October 24, 2009
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