At an epilepsy symposium for the general public, the mother of a boy with epilepsy asked me about her son’s diagnosis. He showed me her handwritten copy of a laboratory report indicating a mutation in the SCN1A gene and asked, “What does this mean...
  1.What are thephysical benefits of regular exercise in children? There is substantial evidence that promotion of regular exercise in children is associated with positive health outcomes in adulthood. Obesity is a growing epidemic and over...
What’s in a name? It turns out……. everything. In medicine understanding the language that doctors, healthcare professionals, and researchers utilize for describing individual seizures or epilepsy is essential. Just like learning a foreign...
In a recent issue of the British Medical Journal, two journalists criticized the US Federal Drug Administration on it's lax oversight of safety of approved medical devices. The example cited by the article was the high rate of sudden unexpected...
To all those who do not know me, let me introduce myself as your new Editor-in-Chief of Epilepsy.com. My name is Joseph I. Sirven, M.D. and I recently took over the editorship from Dr. Robert Fisher who will still remain active on the site with...

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