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Childhood Whooping Cough Tied to Small Rise in Epilepsy Risk

Posted 3 Nov 2015 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 – Whooping cough may be tied to a slightly increased risk for a young child to develop epilepsy, a new study finds. Whooping cough (pertussis) is relatively rare in the United States, however. And the absolute risk to any one child of getting epilepsy remains "low," said Dr. Meghan Fleming, a neurologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. She reviewed the findings from the new study. According to background information in the study, vaccination can prevent whooping cough, but roughly 16 million cases of the disease still occur worldwide each year. There were nearly 50,000 whooping cough cases reported in the United States in 2012, the study authors noted. In the new study, a team led by Dr. Morten Olsen of Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark looked at 4,700 Danish children with whooping cough. The children in the study were born between 1978 and 2011 and ... Read more

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Gene May Boost Death Risk for People With Mild Epilepsy

Posted 23 Oct 2015 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2015 – Researchers say they've identified a gene mutation that might increase the risk of sudden death in people with mild epilepsy. The researchers studied a four-generation family with nine members who had epilepsy caused by a mutation of the DEPDC5 gene. This form of epilepsy is considered mild. But, two of the family members suffered what is known as sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), which is statistically significant for the small number of people in the study, according to the researchers in the Adult Genetic Epilepsy Program of the Krembil Neuroscience Center in Toronto. But the study did not prove that the gene mutation caused the increased risk for SUDEP. SUDEP is when a person with epilepsy who is otherwise healthy dies unexpectedly and without an apparent cause. About one in 1,000 people with epilepsy die of SUDEP each year, the researchers said. ... Read more

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Could Marijuana Chemical Help Ease Epilepsy?

Posted 9 Sep 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2015 – A chemical found in marijuana might help prevent epilepsy seizures, but drug laws have hampered research efforts, a new study says. Cannabidiol is one of the main active chemical compounds found in pot. But it doesn't make people high, the study authors said. Cannabidiol has already been shown to prevent seizures in animal studies and in one ongoing human trial, said lead author Dr. Daniel Friedman, a neurologist and epilepsy specialist at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. But legally, marijuana is considered a Schedule I controlled substance. That means the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency classifies it as a drug with "no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse." That classification makes it difficult to pursue large-scale trials that could prove cannabidiol's safety and effectiveness in epilepsy, Friedman said. "Right now, the ... Read more

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Music Therapy Might One Day Help People With Epilepsy

Posted 9 Aug 2015 by

SUNDAY, Aug. 9, 2015 – Music therapy might someday help people with epilepsy, a new study suggests. About 80 percent of epilepsy patients have temporal lobe epilepsy, in which seizures originate in the temporal lobe of the brain. Music is processed in the auditory cortex, located in the same region of the brain, which is why researchers from Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center wanted to study the connection. The study authors said that the brains of epilepsy patients appear to react to music differently from the brains of people without the disorder. "We believe that music could potentially be used as an intervention to help people with epilepsy," Christine Charyton, adjunct assistant professor and visiting assistant professor of neurology, said in an American Psychological Association (APA) news release. Charyton plans to present the research Sunday at the APA's annual ... Read more

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FDA Approves Spritam (levetiracetam) as the First 3D Printed Drug Product

Posted 4 Aug 2015 by

BLUE ASH, Ohio, August 3, 2015 – Aprecia Pharmaceuticals Company today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Spritam (levetiracetam) for oral use as a prescription adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial onset seizures, myoclonic seizures and primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in adults and children with epilepsy.1 Spritam utilizes Aprecia's proprietary ZipDose® Technology platform, a groundbreaking advance that uses three-dimensional printing (3DP) to produce a porous formulation that rapidly disintegrates with a sip of liquid.1 While 3DP has been used previously to manufacture medical devices, this approval marks the first time a drug product manufactured with this technology has been approved by the FDA. “By combining 3DP technology with a highly-prescribed epilepsy treatment,2 Spritam is designed to fill a need for patients who st ... Read more

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Epilepsy Linked to Risks During Childbirth, Study Finds

Posted 6 Jul 2015 by

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 30 Jun 2015 by

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 17 Jun 2015 by

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

-- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related support groups: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Epilepsy

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