Learn expert advice, causes, treatment options, and trending research studies focused on epilepsy.

5 Causes of Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a disorder with many possible causes. Anything that disturbs the normal pattern of neuron activity – from illness to brain damage to abnormal brain development – can lead to seizures.


FDA Approves Marijuana-Based Epilepsy Drug

The FDA has approved the first medication containing a purified substance derived from marijuana to treat rare, severe forms of epilepsy. This medicine, called Epidiolex (cannabidiol [CBD]) oral solution is approved to treat Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes.

By Diane Domina

Seizure Warnings Posted at 'Incredibles 2'

The Epilepsy Foundation has requested that Disney Pixar posts warnings about “flashing” and “strobe” lights in the film “Incredibles 2” that may cause health problems for people with photosensitive epilepsy, migraines, or other photosensitivities.

By Diane Domina

Epilepsy Rates Are on the Rise

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that more children and adults in the United States are living with epilepsy, most likely due to population growth. For the first time, information released in yesterday’s ...

What is Epilepsy? (Infographic)

Did you know that epilepsy is the most common brain disorder? Learn about the symptoms of epilepsy and how different types of seizures characterize this condition. What is Epilepsy?

By Allison Bush

6 Common Epilepsy Myths

Epilepsy can manifest in many different ways, which can be confusing for people who don’t fully understand the condition. Here are a few of the most common myths about epilepsy.

By The HealthCentral Editorial Team

What Is Dictorate Er 250 Or 500mg Used For?

Question about what Dictorate Er 250 Or 500mg is used for. Epilepsy medication question.

How Does Epilepsy Affect Sleep?

Epilepsy is much more than seizures – it can affect many aspects of an individual’s overall health, from mood and behavior, to memory and sleep. Learning about the relationship between epilepsy and other conditions is an important step in managing th...

By Allison Bush

Epilepsy and Aging

Little is known about the effect that aging has on cognitive and brain health in people with chronic epilepsy. But research has shown seniors have an increased prevalence of developing the disorder. About 300,000 seniors in the United States have sei...

By The HealthCentral Editorial Team

What's the Latest Research?

We asked Dr. Nathan Fountain, director of the F.E. Dreifuss Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at the University of Virginia School of Medicine to discuss what we know about epilepsy and what patients might expect in the future. What role do hormones pla...

By Allison Bush

6 Epilepsy Myths

It’s impossible to catch epilepsy from another person.

By Allison Tsai

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