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Published on: than 3 million Americans live with epilepsy, a neurological condition that is marked by frequent seizures, among other symptoms. The month of November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Epilepsy can be a lifelong condition with no complete cure. However, it is possible to manage the symptoms of epilepsy.

If you or a loved one suffer from epilepsy, you may be eligible for a claim for Social Security disability benefits for your condition. Epilepsy is included in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book listing of conditions for disabilities that qualify for benefits.

However, a mere diagnosis of epilepsy will not qualify you for benefits. Your seizures must be regular enough to interfere with your ability to work and earn a sustainable income. For instance, your condition must result in convulsive daytime seizures or seizures that occur at night and affect your ability to function normally in the daytime.

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Researchers have found that a non-intoxicating marijuana extract could help treat certain symptoms of epilepsy.

The researchers focused on 120 children who suffered from a rare form of epilepsy. The children had suffered at least six seizures in the month prior to participation in the study. They were given a purified extract of cannabidiol, a marijuana compound which does not cause intoxication.

The children were either given doses of this compound, or a placebo. After 14 weeks, the children who were given the marijuana compound showed a 39% reduction in the average number of seizures that they suffered. However, in the group that had been given the placebo the reduction was just 13%.

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