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Healthy Living: Treating Epilepsy

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Epilepsy and uncontrollable seizures impacts more than 2.5 million Americans' lives.

Until now the only treatments were drugs and major surgery.

But as Michelle Dunaway shows you today in Healthy Living new therapies are on the horizon.

Doctors say patients with epilepsy should try medication first, but studies show between 40 and 50% continue to experience seizures or suffer major side effects.

The neuro-stimulator device was approved for seizures last November. Patients who aren't typically candidates for surgery may be eligible for this device.

The laser therapies are still considered experimental.

 

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