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NEWSWEEK Cover: The Mystery of Epilepsy
Date:4/12/2009

not in a constant state of seizure -- they are, rather, in perpetual but quiet danger -- their condition can appear less serious than it truly is. It is all too human, but all too true, that a problem, including the problem of a serious medical affliction, stays out of mind when it is out of sight."

Also in the cover package, Senior Editor Jerry Adler and Contributor Eliza Gray profile a doctor on the front lines of the epilepsy wars, Orrin Devinsky of New York University. Devinsky tries to find the right combinations of drugs to help his patients. Adler and Gray write, "There are, at this time, only a few ways to treat epilepsy, and applying them is still an art as much as it is a science. What works for one patient often has no benefit for another with identical symptoms."

Susan Axelrod, who is married to David Axelrod, President Obama's senior adviser, and is a founding board member and president of CURE, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy, contributes an essay on her family's experience with epilepsy -- and what it has led her to believe must be done. The Axelrods' daughter, Lauren, suffered her first seizure when she was just 7 months old. "Epilepsy entered our lives more than 25 years ago, and yet, far too often, I have no confidence that outcomes today will be any better than they were for Lauren," she writes.

(Read cover at www.Newsweek.com)

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In the Grip of the Unknown: http://www.newsweek.com/id/193484

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