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Lil Wayne's Seizures Force Plane Down Twice

He's 'in stable condition and good spirits'

(Newser) - Lil Wayne was taken to a hospital Monday after a series of seizures forced his private jet to make two emergency landings, both in Omaha, Nebraska. The rapper, who in 2013 revealed he has epilepsy, was flying from Milwaukee to California when he suffered a seizure, reports TMZ . Once on... More »

FDA Could Soon Approve 1st Drug Extracted From Marijuana

It would treat a severe form of epilepsy in children

(Newser) - The FDA could soon approve a marijuana-derived drug to treat a severe form of epilepsy in children, the New York Times reports. It would be the first-ever drug extracted from marijuana to be approved for use in the US. Epidiolex utilizes the active ingredient cannabidiol to treat Dravet's syndrome,... More »

Weird: Playing Sudoku Triggers Man's Seizures

It's connected to his survival of an avalanche

(Newser) - A 25-year-old German skier survived an avalanche that buried him without oxygen for 15 minutes, thanks in no small part to his paramedic ski buddy, who rescued him and started CPR immediately. But the lack of oxygen to his body tissues and brain (called hypoxia) took a toll, notes Live... More »

FDA OKs 1st 3D-Printed Pill

Technology makes medicine much easier to swallow, maker says

(Newser) - It might seem like something out of Star Trek, but pills that are produced by a printer are now a reality and the FDA has approved the first one. In what the BBC says is a world first, Aprecia Pharmaceuticals has won approval to produce epilepsy medication Spritam on a... More »

Twitter Yanks Flashing Ads Over Seizure Concerns

Epilepsy group raises concerns

(Newser) - Twitter pulled two looping videos it posted via Vine for an unusual reason—concern they might trigger seizures. It doesn't appear they actually did, but Twitter acted after an epilepsy organization raised concerns about the ads, which contained six seconds of bright flashes, reports the Guardian . "Eighty-seven people... More »

Mini-Strokes Changed Caesar's Personality

Researchers say it makes more sense than epilepsy

(Newser) - Julius Caesar crumpled to the ground during the Battle of Thapsus in 46BC, and theories for the dizziness and limb weakness said to have caused that fall have ranged from epilepsy to malaria seizures and parasitic infection, the Guardian notes. But now two Imperial College London researchers have proposed his... More »

This Girl Could Change Idaho's Marijuana Oil Rules

Alexis Carey's family pushing legislature to legalize potential treatment

(Newser) - Ten-year-old Alexis Carey of Boise, Idaho, has a rare but intractable form of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome. The genetic disease causes severe and multiple seizures, which often leave parents guessing if the terror of watching their child seize up will pass or turn fatal. Her family learned that oil extracted from... More »

Seizure Knocks Skydiver Unconscious Mid-Fall

Christopher Jones, 22, says 5K-foot free-fall 'possibly scariest moment of my life'

(Newser) - For 30 terrifying seconds, Christopher Jones plummeted through the air over Australia, unconscious and in free fall after suffering a seizure just seconds after jumping out of a plane, NBC News reports. Jones' video of the Nov. 14 incident, which he posted yesterday, already has nearly 4 million views. It... More »

How 'Devil-Possessed' Girl Was Cured of Laughing Fits

6-year-old was having gelastic seizures caused by tumor

(Newser) - After being called "spoiled, crazy—even devil-possessed," doctors have figured out the cause of a 6-year-old girl's uncontrollable laughing fits. Though the Bolivian girl's often inappropriate bouts of laughter were presented as a behavioral problem, doctors eventually ordered a brain scan and discovered a small, benign... More »

Disabled Boy Tied to Bus Stop Sparks Outrage

Photos shine spotlight on unpopular issue in India

(Newser) - Lakhan Kale's grandmother would tie him to something on the street before each work day and walk away. That's because 9-year-old Lakhan has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and no one else in Mumbai, India, would care for him, ABC News reports. Cringing? You're not alone: News photos... More »

David Axelrod Shaves 'Stache for Charity

Obama adviser loses 40-year-old mustache

(Newser) - For the first time in 40 years, Obama adviser David Axelrod is clean-shaven. On MSNBC's Morning Joe , Axelrod pledged during the election to shave his famous mustache if the president lost Pennsylvania, Minnesota, or Michigan. When Obama won all three states, Axelrod said he would still shave if the... More »

New Theory on King Tut's Death: Epilepsy

His features, family history provide big clues

(Newser) - Was it epilepsy killed the king? A surgeon with a penchant for history at Imperial College London makes a compelling argument, based on Tut's family history and propensity for religious visions, reports the Washington Post . Hutan Ashfarian analyzed ancient images of pharaohs thought to be Tut's immediate predecessors,... More »

Microsoft Prodigy Dies at 16

Bill Gates offered to pay for Arfa Karim's medical care

(Newser) - A computer prodigy known as "Pakistan's girl wonder" has died at the age of 16 from complications caused by an epileptic stroke. Arfa Karim was just nine years old when she became the youngest person ever awarded the "Microsoft Certified Professional" title for mastering the company's... More »

New Twilight Reportedly Causes Seizures

Birthing scene too intense for epileptics

(Newser) - Twilight, Breaking Dawn: Part One might be just a bit too sparkly for epilepsy sufferers. Several people have reportedly developed seizures during the film’s infamous birthing scene, as red, black, and white flash across the screen, ABC News reports. In one case, a Sacramento-area man convulsed so violently that... More »

Drug Maker 'Horrified' It's Being Used in Executions

Pentobarbital was intended as an epilepsy drug

(Newser) - A Danish pharmaceutical company says it's desperately seeking a way to stop US prisons from executing people with its epilepsy drug Nembutal. “We are horrified at this fact, and we are looking at ways to prevent prisons from getting this drug,” a spokesman for Lundbeck A/S said.... More »

Do We Actually Exist?

'I think, therefore I am' doesn't always hold true

(Newser) - The fact that we exist is inarguable, right? After all, if the world were just a dream, we'd need to be dreaming to experience it, writes Julian Baggini for the Independent . Maybe not. Throughout the ages, people have claimed that the self actually doesn't exist—and such claims are gathering... More »

Epilepsy Likely Fueled Chopin's Visions

Composer saw creatures emerging from piano

(Newser) - The 19th-century composer Frédéric Chopin suffered frightening hallucinations, ranging from ghosts to creatures coming out of his piano. Now, researchers believe the visions may have been prompted by temporal lobe epilepsy, the Daily Telegraph reports. The disease can cause short, detailed hallucinations, and “could easily have been... More »

Euro Bulb Ban Begins, But Many Take Dim View of CFLs

Consumers stockpile aesthetically pleasing old-school bulbs

(Newser) - Though proponents plug the financial savings and good climate karma of compact fluorescent light bulbs, not everyone thinks the European ban on most incandescent bulbs that kicks in tomorrow is such a bright idea, the New York Times reports. Consumers across the continent are hoarding old-school bulbs, worried over the... More »

Prince Recalls Childhood Epilepsy, Seizures

Musician opens up about his past on Tavis Smiley

(Newser) - Prince suffered from epilepsy as a child, the musician told Tavis Smiley on his PBS show last night. "I've never spoken about this before, but I was born epileptic, and I used to have seizures when I was young," Prince told Smiley. "My mother and father didn't... More »

Mothers' Epilepsy Drug May Lower IQs of Kids

Study urges caution for popular valproate

(Newser) - Children born to women taking the popular epilepsy drug valproate have notably lower IQs than other kids, a new study shows. The anti-seizure drug, sold generically and under the brand name Depakote, also is prescribed for migraines, pain, and psychiatric disorders, the New York Times reports. Doctors involved with the... More »

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