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National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke describes
epilepsy as "a brain disorder in which clusters of nerve
cells, or neurons, in the brain sometimes signal abnormally.
In epilepsy, the normal pattern of neuronal activity becomes
disturbed, causing strange sensations, emotions, and behavior
or sometimes convulsions, muscle spasms, and loss of consciousness.
Epilepsy is a disorder with many possible causes." The following
websites provide useful information and resources for people
with epilepsy, their families, and the professionals who work
- American Epilepsy Society
- The Society
is a membership organization for professionals concerned with
the prevention, treatment and cure of epilepsy. Its website offers
current information about research, patient care, education,
employment, and other topics of interest to professionals.
- CURE (Citizens United for
Research in Epilepsy)
news and opportunities.
- Geared for
children, this section of the KidsHealth website answers common
questions about epilepsy such as What is a seizure?, What happens
to a person during a seizure, When do seizures happen?, Do lots
of people have it?, How is it treated?, and Does it mean that
someone is different?
- Epilepsy Foundation of America
- The Foundation's
web site offers a wealth of information and resources for individuals
with epilepsy and their family members, health care providers,
researchers, and the general public. In addition to information
about the organization, visitors will find consumer information,
current news and publications, the latest research, a kids club,
- Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria
- The "Epilepsy
Information" section of this organization's web site offers
a wide variety of fact sheets on such diverse topics as "Information
for Babysitters of Children with Epilepsy, "Memory and Epilepsy,"
"Swimming Safely" and "How to Write and Speak
about Epilepsy." The links page includes a listing of epilepsy
sites in languages other than English.
Information About Epilepsy
- An overview
of epilepsy from the National Information Center for Children
and Youth with Disabilities.
- The ketogenic
diet is a special diet sometimes used to treat seizures. This
web site, based at Packard Children's Hospital, provides information
about the diet, parent resources, an e-mail list, and more.
Epilepsy Information Page
- This fact
sheet from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and
Stroke provides an overview of epilepsy, including treatment,
prognosis, research, organizations, and related NINDS publications.
- Washington University
Comprehensive Epilepsy Program
- This is
a well organized and comprehensive set of links to epilepsy-related
documents and web sites.
- Neurological Disorders
- Resources in your state
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