This video, from the Epilepsy Foundation, discusses the risk of epilepsy faced by military veterans due to traumatic brain injury. According to the video, 320,000 of the 1.69 million American military personnel who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan have experienced traumatic brain injury and 48,000 to 169,000 of these personnel will develop post-traumatic epilepsy.
The video includes testimony from Jeremiah Thompson, a veteran of the United States Army Military Police Corps, who has post-traumatic epilepsy; Joey Strickland, the director of the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services; Karen Parko, MD, national director of the Veterans Affairs Epilepsy Centers of Excellence; and Joseph Sirven, MD, chair of the Epilepsy Foundation Professional Advisory Board.
Researchers at the American Epilepsy Society meeting reported important strides in the understanding of epilepsy, including identification of new therapeutic targets in the brain, as discussed by Esther Krook-Magnuson, PhD, as well as improved understanding of the factors involved in sudden death of patients with epilepsy, and a greater recognition of the benefits of neurosurgery in patients with epilepsy.
Several new antiepileptic drugs have recently been approved in the United States. In a symposium at the American Epilepsy Society in Seattle, Washington, Professor Martin J. Brodie, MD, director of the epilepsy unit of the Western Infirmary in Glasgow, Scotland, discussed some considerations with ezogabine and eslicarbazepine.
Mark Cook, MD, of the University of Melbourne, and Brian Litt, MD, of the Penn Epilepsy Center and the Center for Neuroengineering and Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania, discuss how new devices, big data, and massive online competitions are enabling prediction of seizures before they start.