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in medical history.

With such a large sample size, Dr. Moshe is able to predict with high levels of certainty when ― and whether ― seizures might strike. This will reassure those with the disease, as well as the employers and insurance companies who provide health coverage for them.

"We proved with very high levels of predictability that we can pinpoint the chances of a person having another seizure," says Dr. Moshe, who is also a practicing physician at Maccabi Healthcare Services, an occupational health clinic in Tel Aviv. "For example, if we see that someone had their last attack as a child, we can show that their chances for a full remission of epilepsy are quite high."

A Matter of Timing

Over a period of three years, the researchers in the Israeli study compared the rate of seizures to the types of duties each group of subjects was assigned to perform manual labor, combat fighting, or office work.

"The type of assignment didn't affect a person's chance of having a seizure at all. The biggest predictor of recurrence is time when the last seizure struck. Those that had seizures more than five years ago have little to worry about today," Dr. Moshe advises.


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