Understanding Epilepsy
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Get answers to common questions about epilepsy, from diagnosis and management to current research.
What epilepsy research is being done?

Scientists continue to develop new and better epilepsy medications and to study how neurotransmitters (chemicals that carry impulses from one nerve cell to another) interact with brain cells to control nerve firing and how cells in the brain contribute to epileptic seizures. Researchers are also working to identify genes that may influence epilepsy. This information could potentially allow doctors to prevent epilepsy or to predict which treatments will be most beneficial. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and other brain scans are also being improved for even better, more accurate epilepsy diagnosis.