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June 03, 2002|Benedict Carey

The Epilepsy Foundation

www.epilepsyfoundation.org

Background: The Epilepsy Foundation is a national nonprofit group that since 1968 has been assisting the 2.3 million children and adults who suffer from epileptic seizures. The site provides visitors with explanations, advice and contacts for various services, including support groups.

What Works: The people behind this site know what it means to live with the threat of a seizure. The site has advice for parents, baby-sitters and teachers of children with epilepsy, and for those who suffer uncontrollable fits and are worried about driving, starting a new job, or how the affliction will play out at school. This is not the place to learn about the science of seizures; The discussion of what's happening inside the brain are superficial. At the same time, the foundation provides useful information about seizure medications, as well as a list of ongoing clinical trials.

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