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  • Pregnancy and Epilepsy

    Most women who have epilepsy deliver healthy babies. But the risk of birth defects, stillbirth, and seizure-related problems is higher for babies born to women with epilepsy. Most antiepileptic medicines increase the risk even more. If you have epilepsy and become pregnant, stopping medicine treatment is not always the...

  • Dry Skin and Itching

    Briefly describes the causes of dry skin. Covers home treatment options. Includes info to help you decide when to call a doctor. Offers prevention tips.

  • Hearing Loss

    Includes info on hearing loss. Discusses causes and symptoms like tinnitus, muffled hearing, and vertigo. Covers exams and tests used to diagnose hearing loss. Discusses treatment with medicine, hearing aids, or cochlear implant.

  • Poor Let-Down While Breastfeeding

    You sometimes may notice that your milk does not flow easily, or let down, when you attempt to breastfeed or use a breast pump. Emotional stress, fatigue, anxiety, smoking, pain, or being cold are common causes of poor let-down. With poor let-down, you may not experience the tingling and leaking...

  • Essential Tremor

    What is essential tremor? Essential tremor is a movement disorder. It's a type of shaking that you can't control. It may start in the hand or fingers. The shaking may increase or spread to other parts of the body over time. Essential tremor doesn't cause other health problems, but it...

  • Epilepsy

    Covers different types of epilepsy and its causes. Addresses complications of seizures and lists risk factors. Guides through decision regarding when to call doctor. Covers exams/tests, treatments, medicines, and surgeries. Provides home treatment tips.

  • Epilepsy and Driving

    If you have seizures that change your awareness, consciousness, or muscle control, you may not have the legal right to drive. Laws vary from state to state. You may have to be seizure-free for at least 6 months to 1 year before you can get a driver's license. The laws...

  • Epilepsy: Generalized Seizures

    Epilepsy that causes generalized seizures is more common in children than in adults. Focal seizures start in a specific, often damaged area in the brain. But generalized seizures can't be traced to a specific location or focus. The abnormal electrical activity that causes the seizures begins over the entire surface...

  • Epilepsy: Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizures

    Generalized tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures are the easiest seizures to recognize. They happen most often in people with generalized epilepsy of unknown cause. A generalized tonic-clonic seizure begins with a sudden loss of consciousness. During the first 15 to 30 seconds of the seizure, the entire body stiffens as...

  • Epilepsy: Myoclonic Seizures

    Myoclonic seizures affect a small number of children and adults with generalized epilepsy of unknown cause. In children and teens with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, the seizures seem to occur most often after waking up or while falling asleep. During a myoclonic seizure: The arms, legs, torso, or facial muscles jerk...


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