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Medical News & Perspectives
June 28, 2000

Research Advances Target Epilepsy

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JAMA. 2000;283(24):3187-3188. doi:10.1001/jama.283.24.3187-JMN0628-3-1

Bethesda, Md—Recent advances in technology, pharmacology, and genetics that will improve the treatment of seizures and perhaps even prevent them. New imaging tools have emerged, effective drugs may be developed that can target specific areas of the brain, and data from the Human Genome Project are providing information about the genetics of the disease.

"There's no question that epilepsy research is ready for a dramatic expansion, both in the kinds of research going on and in the quality of that research. It will open the way to the diagnosis and treatment of the underlying condition before the advent of seizures," said Gerald D. Fischbach, MD. He was speaking at a White House conference entitled "Curing Epilepsy: Focus on the Future," which was held this spring at the National Institutes of Health.

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