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  • Epilepsy
    Epilepsy is NOT contagious and people with epilepsy are NOT "crazy." The word "epilepsy" comes from a Greek word meaning "to possess, seize or hold." Because the brain uses electrochemical energy, any disruption of the electrical processes in the brain may cause abnormal functioning. Unfortunately, this is what happens during epilepsy: neurons in the cerebral hemispheres misfire and create abnormal electrical activity. People with epilepsy have seizures that are a bit like an electrical brainstorm. The seizure prevents the brain from: interpreting and processing incoming sensory signals (like visual, somatosensory and auditory information). controlling muscles. That is why people with epilepsy may fall down and twitch.

  • Epilepsy Health Center
    Epilepsy is diagnosed in 125,000 Americans each year. Find in-depth information here on epilepsy seizures, symptoms, and treatments, including epilepsy drugs and surgery. Plus, find daily help in our online support group.

  • Epilepsy Kids
    What is epilepsy? Can my friends catch it? Why do I have seizures? These are all important questions that you need answers to and we are here to try and help. Visit the pages inside the Kid Zone and learn all about epilepsy, what happens inside your brain and how you can learn to lead a normal, healthy life!

  • Kids Zone-Epilepsy.Com
    What is epilepsy? Can my friends catch it? Why do I have seizures? These are all important questions that you need answers to and we are here to try and help. Visit the pages inside the Kid Zone and learn all about epilepsy, what happens inside your brain and how you can learn to lead a normal, healthy life!

  • Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery
    What is epilepsy? What causes epilepsy in children? Are seizures bad for children? How is epilepsy treated? What is epilepsy surgery? Who performs pediatric epilepsy surgery? What is resective epilepsy surgery? Who is a candidate for resective epilepsy surgery? What tests are used to determine if a child is a candidate for resective epilepsy surgery? What are the risks of resective epilepsy surgery? What is corpus callosotomy? Who is a candidate for corpus callosotomy? What are the side effects of corpus callosotomy? What is the vagus nerve stimulator (VNS)? Who is a candidate for VNS implantation? What are the side effects of VNS implantation? Pediatric Epileptic Surgery At A Glance

  • Seizures and Epilepsy
    Seizures or convulsions are fairly common, occurring in about 3-5% of children. Epilepsy, having two or more seizures of unknown cause, is less common and only occurs in about 1% of children. It begins in childhood in about 70% of cases. Seizures in children can range from febrile seizures and occasional non-febrile seizures to infantile spasms that can occur daily and are difficult to treat. Seizures, especially the first seizure that a child has, can be very frightening for both children and their parents.

  • The Challenges of Epilepsy for Kids and Teens
    William B. Svoboda, MD, is a retired pediatric neurologist. He is the founder and former Director of Via Christi Epilepsy Center of Wichita, Kansas. This series of articles about the effects of epilepsy on children's lives and personalities, and how parents can help their child achieve a happy, independent life, is based mostly on an interview with Dr. Svoboda that was conducted by Shawna Cutting, a writer for epilepsy.com.

  • What Is Epilepsy?
    Epilepsy is a condition of the nervous system that affects 2.5 million Americans. More than 180,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy every year.

  • Breakthrough for kids with epilepsy
    study on 50 preschool-aged children with epilepsy who underwent surgical treatment showed significant improvements on overall cognitive development and left many seizure-free. The article is published in the journal Epilepsia

  • British Epilepsy Association
    The leading website for information about epilepsy. The site deals with the various types of epilepsy, and allows people to obtain help and advice through the use of its email helpline and telephone helpline

  • Childhood Epilepsy Syndromes
    Some children develop what is known as an epilepsy syndrome, one of the characteristics of which is a seizure. Children with particular syndromes show signs of slow development and learning difficulties from an early age.

  • Epilepsy.com
    Epilepsy.com exists to inform and empower patients and families living with epilepsy. We offer a roadmap to understanding the epilepsies, how they touch people's lives, and the options for treatment. To assist in following that roadmap, we also offer a forum for community and the sharing of insights by patients and caregivers.

  • Epilepsy Foundation
    The Epilepsy Foundation will ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and will prevent, control and cure epilepsy through research, education, advocacy and services.

  • Epilepsy Foundation
    The Epilepsy Foundation is a national, charitable organization, founded in 1968 as the Epilepsy Foundation of America. The only such organization wholly dedicated to the welfare of people with epilepsy, our mission is simple: to work for children and adults affected by seizures through research, education, advocacy and service.

  • Epilepsy Foundation of Central Ohio
    The Epilepsy Foundation of Central Ohio offers hope to people with epilepsy and their families through research, empowerment through education and advocacy, and support through programs and services designed with their needs in mind.

  • Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado
    The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado (EFC), an affiliate of the Epilepsy Foundation, is a state-wide, non-profit, charitable agency dedicated to helping improve the quality of life for people affected by epilepsy and their loved ones. Our

  • Epilepsy Foundation of Idaho
    Statewide voluntary agency dedicated to serving people with epilepsy and their families, affiliated with the national Epilepsy Foundation.

  • Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California
    The Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California is located in Oakland, California and provides services to the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Solano, and Sonoma. The Foundation provides assistance to any person affected by epilepsy.

  • Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California
    The Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California is located in Oakland, California and provides services to the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Solano and Sonoma.

  • Epilepsy Ontario
    Through a network of Chapters and Contacts, Epilepsy Ontario provides direct client services, counselling, information and referral, education and advocacy services for children and adults with epilepsy and their families.

  • Epilepsy Support
    Welcome to Epilepsy Support, this site is designed to help anyone that needs support with Epilepsy related issues.

  • EpiWeb.org
    Information and resources for parents of children who suffer from epilepsy.

  • International Bureau for Epilepsy
    International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) where you will find information on the social and non-medical aspects of epilepsy. On your visit to our site you will learn about the work of our organisation.

  • Parents Against Childhood Epilepsy
    PACE is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building awareness about epilepsy. PACE has awarded 13 research grants totaling $567,000. Join the PACE Message Board to share and learn from other parents about experiences with childhood epilepsy.

  • Seizure Disorders in Childhood
    Epilepsy represents the most common serious neurologic problem affecting children, with an overall incidence approaching 2% for febrile seizures and 1% for idiopathic epilepsy. Research paper by Timothy F. Hoban, MD Assistant Professor of Neurology & Pediatrics Loyola University Medical Center

  • The EpiCentre
    Epilepsy is a disorder in which nerve cells of the brain from time to time release abnormal electrical impulses. These cause a temporary malfunction of the other nerve cells of the brain, resulting in alteration of, or complete loss of consciousness.


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