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Epilepsy Linked to Risks During Childbirth, Study Finds

Posted 19 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 6, 2015 – Pregnant women with epilepsy may have more than a higher risk of dying during delivery, a new study suggests. "Specifically, there were 80 deaths per 100,000 women with epilepsy versus six deaths per 100,000 in women without epilepsy," said lead researcher Sarah MacDonald, from the department of epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. However, although the so-called "relative risk" of death during delivery among women with epilepsy was high, it's still a rare occurrence, MacDonald stressed. The researchers also found that the risk of delivery complications was higher among women with epilepsy. "We also found that women with epilepsy were at increased risk for cesarean delivery, prolonged hospital stay, preeclampsia [pregnancy-related high blood pressure], preterm labor and stillbirth," she said. Although the study found a link between ... Read more

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FDA Approves Fycompa as Adjunctive Treatment for Primary Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizures

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

Tokyo, June 22, 2015 – Eisai Co., Ltd. announced today that its U.S. subsidiary Eisai Inc. has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an indication expansion regarding the use of its in-house developed antiepileptic agent Fycompa (perampanel hydrate) as an adjunctive treatment of primary generalized tonic-clonic (PGTC) seizures in patients with epilepsy 12 years of age and older. The FDA's decision to approve the indication expansion was based on a placebo-controlled clinical phase III study (Study 332) of Fycompa in 164 patients aged 12 years and older with PGTC seizures. In the study, a statistically significant reduction in PGTC seizure frequency was observed in the Fycompa group compared with placebo (Fycompa: -76.5%, placebo: -38.4%, p Read more

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Online Community Helps People Manage Epilepsy

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 – Being part of an online community may help people with epilepsy better manage their disease, a new study suggests. "Epilepsy is a complicated disease, and many people who live with it are not well informed about their condition and how to manage it. Formal, in-person education can be expensive and difficult to coordinate, especially when people live in rural areas. We wanted to see whether an online community could benefit people with epilepsy," study author Dr. John Hixson, of the University of California San Francisco and the San Francisco VA Medical Center, said in a news release from the journal Neurology. The research included almost 100 epilepsy patients who participated in an online forum called PatientsLikeMe. In the forum, people with epilepsy can share information and support. It also has digital tools for tracking seizures, symptoms and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Travel Safely in the Air

Posted 12 May 2015 by Drugs.com

-- A little preparation can help you stay healthy and safe when traveling by plane. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends: Packing all necessary medications in a carry-on bag. Talk to your doctor about whether you should change your medication regimen while traveling. Pack some extras, in case your trip is extended. If you have a chronic illness such as epilepsy or diabetes, carry an identification card with your doctor's contact information and a list of your medications. Drink non-alcoholic, no-caffeine beverages to avoid dehydration. If you tend to have ear pain, take a decongestant before you fly, or chew gum. Stretch calves frequently, and walk around when it is safe to do so. Read more

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Liquid Medical Marijuana Shows Promise Against Severe Epilepsy

Posted 13 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 13, 2015 – A liquid form of medical marijuana may help people with severe epilepsy that does not respond to other treatments, according to a new report. The study included 213 child and adult patients with 12 different types of severe epilepsy. Some of them had Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, which are types of epilepsy that can cause intellectual disability and lifelong seizures. The patients took a liquid form of medical marijuana, called cannabidiol, daily for 12 weeks. Among the 137 people who completed the study, the number of seizures fell by an average of 54 percent, according to a team led by Dr. Orrin Devinsky, of New York University Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center in New York City. Among the 23 patients with Dravet syndrome who completed the study, the number of convulsive seizures fell by 53 percent, the investigators found. The 11 patients ... Read more

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Too Few Kids With Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy Get Flu Shot: Study

Posted 10 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 10, 2015 – Children with neurological disorders such as epilepsy or cerebral palsy are at increased risk for complications from the flu, but are no more likely to receive a flu shot than other kids are, a new U.S. study shows. It's possible that many doctors don't know that some of these disorders put children at increased risk for flu-related complications, the researchers said. "Our research shows that influenza vaccination in children with [neurological disorders] is comparable to vaccination in healthy children – but both rates are suboptimal," study author Dr. Michael Smith, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the University of Louisville, said in a university news release. "More education about the need for annual influenza vaccination is needed, both for parents and health care providers," he added. The researchers conducted a nationwide survey of more ... Read more

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SPARC Announces FDA Approval of Elepsia XR (levetiracetam) Extended-Release Tablets

Posted 4 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

March 04, 2015, Mumbai: Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company Ltd. (SPARC) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its New Drug Application (NDA) for Elepsia XR (Levetiracetam extended-release tablets 1000 mg and 1500 mg). Elepsia XR is indicated for adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial onset seizures in patients 12 years of age and older with epilepsy. “Levetiracetam is a very successful and highly effective antiepileptic drug but more than 80% of epilepsy patients require Levetiracetam in does in range of 1000mg to 3000mg resulting in a significant pill burden. Approval of Elepsia XR as 1000mg and 1500mg once a day tablets will be very useful for these patients and physicians.” said Anil Raghavan, Chief Executive Officer of SPARC. The product will be manufactured by Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd at its Halol (Gujarat) facility in Ind ... Read more

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Epilepsy Surgery Gets High Marks From Patients in Survey

Posted 26 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 – More than nine in 10 epilepsy patients who had brain surgery to try to control their seizures are happy they did so, a new survey reveals. The review appears to be driven by the fact that patients saw the number of debilitating seizures they experienced after surgery either drop significantly or disappear altogether, the researchers noted. "One percent of the U.S. population has epilepsy, and among that group there are about 750,000 patients with recurring seizures that are not well-controlled," said study co-author Dr. Marianna Spanaki-Varelas, director of the Henry Ford Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. "Of those, 30 to 35 percent are [surgical] candidates because they do not respond to the roughly 15 appropriate epilepsy drugs that we have." A great majority of those who have surgery say it was worthwhile because many remain ... Read more

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Sleep Position Linked to Death Risk for Those With Epilepsy

Posted 21 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 – Sleeping on your stomach may boost your risk of sudden death if you have epilepsy, new research suggests. Sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy occurs when an otherwise healthy person dies and "the autopsy shows no clear structural or toxicological cause of death," said Dr. Daniel Friedman, assistant professor of neurology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. This is a rare occurrence, and the study doesn't establish a direct cause-and-effect relationship between sleeping position and sudden death. Still, based on the findings, people with epilepsy should not sleep in a prone (chest down) position, said study leader Dr. James Tao, an associate professor of neurology at the University of Chicago. "We found that prone sleeping is a significant risk for sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy, particularly in younger patients under age 40," said Tao. For ... Read more

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1 in 5 Adults With Epilepsy Also Has ADHD Symptoms: Study

Posted 15 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 – Nearly one in five adults with epilepsy also has symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study finds. Researchers surveyed almost 1,400 adult epilepsy patients across the United States. They found that more than 18 percent had significant ADHD symptoms. In comparison, about 4 percent of American adults in the general population have been diagnosed with ADHD, the researchers noted. Compared to other epilepsy patients, those with ADHD symptoms were also nine times more likely to have depression, eight times more likely to have anxiety symptoms, suffered more seizures and were far less likely to be employed. "Little was previously known about the prevalence of ADHD symptoms in adults with epilepsy, and the results were quite striking," study leader Dr. Alan Ettinger, director of the epilepsy center at Neurological Surgery, P.C. (NSPC) ... Read more

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Kids With Epilepsy Face Higher Early Death Risk, Study Reports

Posted 7 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 6, 2014 – Children with epilepsy have an increased risk of dying prematurely, according to a new U.S. government report. The study found that for children up to 18 years old with epilepsy, the annual risk for death was 0.84 percent, compared with 0.22 percent for children of the same ages without epilepsy, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Deaths are related not so much to the epilepsy itself, but more from other causes," said study co-author Dr. Matthew Zack, a medical epidemiologist in CDC's division of population health. Zack said many of the deaths are related to conditions such as birth defects, cerebral palsy, developmental disability, heart abnormalities, and disorders of the brain and nervous system, including tumors. In addition, infections such as pneumonia take a toll on youngsters with epilepsy. Of the estimated 450,000 ... Read more

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High-Fat, Low-Carb Diet May Help With Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy

Posted 29 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 – Eating a low-carb, high-fat diet could help control epilepsy that is difficult to treat, according to new research. A review of five studies found that a ketogenic, or modified Atkins diet, that focuses on foods like bacon, eggs, heavy cream, butter, fish and green vegetables, could help reduce seizures in adults whose condition doesn't improve with medication. "We need new treatments for the 35 percent of people with epilepsy whose seizures are not stopped by medications," study co-author Dr. Pavel Klein explained in an American Academy of Neurology news release. "The ketogenic diet is often used in children, but little research has been done on how effective it is in adults." In conducting the review, the researchers analyzed five studies on the ketogenic diet involving 47 people. The ketogenic diet consists of a ratio of fat to protein/carbohydrate of ... Read more

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Small Study Hints Fish Oil Might Ease Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy

Posted 8 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 – Low doses of fish oil may help reduce the number of seizures experienced by people with a form of tough-to-treat epilepsy that no longer responds to drugs, a small new study suggests. The research was led by Dr. Christopher DeGiorgio, of the University of California, Los Angeles, and included 24 people with epilepsy that could no longer be controlled using medications. One expert not connected to the study said many people with epilepsy remain without adequate treatment. "Although medications remain the primary treatment for newly diagnosed epilepsy, more than 35 percent of patients continue to have seizures despite taking antiepileptic drugs," said Dr. David Friedman, director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. Friedman said that in these cases, patients often resort to alternative treatments such as epilepsy ... Read more

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Mom's Epilepsy Drugs Appear Safe in Breast Milk

Posted 17 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 16, 2014 – Taking epilepsy drugs while breast-feeding does not appear to harm the developing brains of young children, a new study finds. There have been concerns that using epilepsy drugs while breast-feeding could pose a threat to youngsters because it's been shown that some epilepsy drugs can cause cell death in young animals' brains. And in spite of the fact that epilepsy experts recommend breast-feeding, "it is still a sensitive topic among women with epilepsy," noted one expert, Dr. Patricia Dugan, assistant professor of neurology at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City. "Despite reassuring published data, such as this article, patients frequently tell us that they receive contradictory advice from their obstetricians and pediatricians, resulting in a significant amount of distress for the mother," said Dugan, who was not ... Read more

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Two Drugs Work Equally Well for Epileptic Seizures in Kids: Study

Posted 22 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 – Researchers comparing two drugs used to treat epileptic seizures in children – lorazepam (Ativan) and diazepam (Valium) – found no difference between them in safety or effectiveness. Although previous studies gave the edge to Ativan, Dr. James Chamberlain, lead researcher for the new study, gave several reasons why Valium might be as good or better. "Unexpectedly, Ativan is not superior to Valium for treating pediatric seizures. It's been dogma in medicine that Ativan is better than Valium, but this study shows that they are just about equal," said Chamberlain, division chief of emergency medicine and trauma services at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Since Valium does not have to be refrigerated, it might be a better choice for paramedics who treat seizure patients before they arrive at a hospital, he said. "They can start Valium ... Read more

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