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Bank of America intern died of natural causes: inquest

By Clare Hutchison LONDON (Reuters) - A 21-year-old Bank of America Merrill Lynch <BAC.N> intern whose death prompted the bank to review working conditions for junior employees died of natural causes, an inquest found on Friday. Moritz Erhardt, from Staufen, southwest Germany, was in the last few days of a seven-week internship at the U.S. bank's investment banking division in London when he was found dead at his lodgings on August 15.

Man who pleaded guilty in Alberta school crash was having a seizure

ST. PAUL, Alta. - Richard Benson wasn't supposed to be driving. But court records show he had been behind the wheel for about a decade. The Alberta man had been told by doctors that he needed medication to prevent his recurring seizures. But he rarely filled his prescriptions or swallowed the pills. A newly released court document confirms what Benson's family had earlier suspected — he was having a seizure when he lost control of his minivan and crashed at high speed through the wall of a rural Alberta school one year ago.

Epilepsy drugs in pregnancy tied to kid's delays

By Kerry Grens NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with epilepsy who take anti-seizure medication while they are pregnant are more likely to later report delays in their child's development and autism symptoms, according to a new study from Norway.

Scientists develop epilepsy warning device

A tiny device implanted in the brain of epilepsy sufferers has for the fist time been able to predict the onset of seizures, scientists reported on Thursday. The potentially life-saving device works with electrodes that monitor electrical activity on the brain surface, they wrote in The Lancet Neurology. The electrodes were connected to a second device implanted under the skin of the chest, which transmitted the data wirelessly to a hand-held device that calculated the probability of a seizure.

U.S. launches ambitious initiative to explore human brain

Washington, Apr 2 (EFE).- U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced an ambitious multidisciplinary program to create a map of the human brain that could help cure diseases such as Alzheimer's and epilepsy. "We have been a nation of dreamers and risk-takers," said Obama in the East Room of the White House before an audience including several of the scientists and businessmen taking part in the project.

Japan tsunami stress may have brought on seizures: study

Jan 21 (Reuters) - The number of seizure patients in a northern Japanese fishing community devastated by the March 11, 2011 tsunami spiked in the weeks following the disaster, according to a Japanese study. The study, published in the journal Epilepsia, looked at 440 patient records from Kesennuma City Hospital, in a city that was devastated by the massive tsunami touched off by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake.
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