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What's New In Seizure Management?

The last ten years have brought a number of advances in treatment and management of seizure disorders. New medications and surgical procedures have been introduced to better control seizure activity for individuals with epilepsy. One example is the vagus nerve stimulator (VNS), a device surgically implanted to prevent or interrupt seizures by sending electrical pulses to the vagus nerve. Another recent development in the practice of neurology is the creation of the sub-specialty of epileptology. Epileptology examines and provides a more focused analysis of a person’s condition and may provide a more specific treatment regimen including medication and surgical procedures.

Where can you go for the latest information about the care and treatment of persons who have seizure disorders? There are many sources available through the internet. Most health practitioners are familiar with Medline and other clinical web sites. There are sites specific to epilepsy and more specifically to seizure management for persons with developmental disabilities. The following sites may be helpful to clinical professionals and to those who wish to enhance their knowledge of recent advances in seizure management.

Content: This site contains a series of physician-developed and monitored videos about epilepsy that are appropriate for use by health care providers.
Access: The information can be viewed from a personal computer but requires the Real Player plug-in that can be downloaded from this site, if necessary.

Content: provides on-line physician-developed and monitored medical information for consumers and medical professionals. It includes a connection to the Neurology Channel where an explanation of conditions, a Neurology Forum and a locator search function are among the services available.
Access: Most material from this site is copyrighted and intended for personal, noncommercial use.

Content: This web site is maintained by the American Epilepsy Society. It includes information on research, current publications and resources for clinical practitioners.
Access: This site can be used by subscribers to access the journal Epilepsia, an international journal that has been published for more than 30 years.

Content: This site offers free search and retrieval access to full-text journals, including Epilepsy and Behavior.
Access: A search of available journals, books, and newsletters can be accessed from this web site.

Content: As a part of Elsevier Science (, Science Direct provides access to scientific, technical and medical peer-reviewed journals including Epilepsy and Behavior. The February, 2003 issue is available as a sample at December, 2002 supplemental issue is devoted to epilepsy and developmental disabilities and includes peer-reviewed articles that address evaluation and treatment, treatment considerations for roles of surgery and the vagus nerve stimulator, and regulatory issues related to treatment of persons who have developmental disabilities.
Access: Science Direct is available to institutions, ranging from single users to global organizations. Users should possess a good connection to the Internet.

Content: This web site is maintained by the Fund for Epilepsy, a charitable organization involved in fund raising for international epilepsy research and awareness.
Access: Their newsletter can be downloaded from this web site.

Content: The most widely known organization dedicated to the welfare of people with epilepsy through research, education, advocacy and services is the Epilepsy Foundation, located on the web at Information found here has practical application for consumers as well as practitioners.
Access: The electronic newsletter of the Foundation can be accessed from this web site.

Content: Physicians in California may access a Physician-to-Physician Assistance and Consultation information service. This service is maintained by the California Department of Developmental Services and the University of California, San Diego. The latest information and advice about treating persons with developmental disabilities and complex medical conditions is available. To learn more, go to
Access: Physicians in need of specialist consultation can call (800) 835-0459.

Content: This web site, developed by the Columbus Organization and the California Department of Developmental Services, is dedicated to the dissemination of information about risk factors for persons with developmental disabilities.
Access: Additional information on epilepsy can be accessed from other areas of this site.

Content: This web site is a comprehensive link to neurology resources.

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