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Edited By: Gary W. Mathern, MD and Astrid Nehlig, PhD

Impact Factor: 4.584

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 26/194 (Clinical Neurology)

Online ISSN: 1528-1167

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Controversies in Epilepsy

NOW AVAILABLE: Survey results on the Use of Medical Marijuana in Treating Epilepsy
The survey findings indicate a wide disparity of opinion on the use of medical marijuana and CBD in the treatment of people with epilepsy that varied substantially with fewer medical specialists supporting its use compared with general medical personal, and patients and the public. See the survey results now...

Time Magazine has featured these survey results in a new article, Pot Kids: Inside the quasi-legal, science-free world of medical marijuana for children. Read the full article now...

Current Controversy in Epilepsy

The Asia versus Africa controversy stems from a sentence interpreted out of context, when addressing the cultural context of epilepsy in the African continent. A WHO African Region Report noted that epilepsy is perceived as an “African” ailment, a manifestation of supernatural forces, traditionally looked upon as caused by ancestral or evil spirits. Meant to indicate that in most parts of Africa, the perception of epilepsy is strongly imprinted in local culture and spiritual beliefs, other communities in Asia and Latin America also have epilepsy embedded in their beliefs in similar ways.

Epilepsy: Asia versus Africa

Epilepsy is ubiquitous, but more devastating in the poorer regions of the world… or is it?

Commentary: Epilepsy is a Global Problem

Read previous Controversies in Epilepsy here...

My Story

Sofie's journey

Hope for hypothalamic hamartomas—Cofounders stories

My epilepsy story—PCDH19 Alliance

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New 2013 Impact Factors Released!

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Wiley and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) are pleased to announce the increase of the Epilepsia Impact Factor, to 4.584.

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New Clinicial Definition for Epilepsy Improves Diagnosis Accuracy

ILAE Official Report--A practical clinical definition of epilepsy
Robert S. Fisher, Carlos Acevedo, Alexis Arzimanoglou, Alicia Bogacz, J. Helen Cross, et al. (2014)

Because of the international appeal, this article has been translated into a broad variety of languages for your reading ease...

From the editors: Names count--the new operational definition of epilepsy and Epilepsia's poll


Commentary: ILAE President--Emilio Perucca
Department of Internal Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Pavia and C. Mondino National Neurological Institute, Pavia, Italy.

Chong Tin Tan--Professor in the Division of Neurology at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dr. Steven C. Schachter--Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Elinor Ben-Menachem--Professor of Neurology and Epilepsy at the Institute for Clinical Neurosciences and Physiology, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Dr. Allen Hauser--Departments of Neurology, Epidemiology, and Sergievsky Center, Columbia University, New York, NY.

Jessica Solodar--author focused on photic seizures triggered by electronic media.

Robert S. Fisher--Department of Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine

Congratulations to Cristina Roseti for being awarded the 2013 Morris-Coole/Epilepsia Prize, for her article listed below; read it now for FREE!

Fractalkine/CX3CL1 modulates GABAA currents in human temporal lobe epilepsy

Commentary: Morris-Coole/Epilepsia Prize
Interview with Cristina Roseti, 2013 Morris-Coole/Epilepsia Prize Winner

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Editor's Choice

Read the selected Editor's Choice articles for May:

Antiepileptic drug use in seven electronic health record databases in Europe: A methodological comparison

Effects of an Inpatient Rehabilitation Program after Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Surgery and other Factors on Employment two Years after Epilepsy Surgery

Click here to read the editor's comments on these article, and to view previous Editor's Choice articles.

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