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Internal Body Clocks May Affect Timing of Epileptic Seizures

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 – Circadian rhythms, the 24-hour body clocks that regulate a person's sleep-wake cycle, may affect the timing of seizures in roughly 80 percent of epilepsy patients, researchers report. These findings, which shed new light on seizure patterns, could help doctors treat the disease more effectively, the researchers said. "Understanding the cyclic nature of diseases is ...

FDA Approves Diacomit (stiripentol) for Seizures Associated with Dravet Syndrome

Posted 22 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

On August 20, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Diacomit (stiripentol) for seizures associated with Dravet syndrome in patients 2 years of age and older taking clobazam. Dravet syndrome is a rare genetic condition that usually appears during the first year of life with prolonged fever-related seizures. Later, other types of seizures typically appear, and additionally, ...

FDA Approves Epidiolex (cannabidiol) to Treat Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and Dravet Syndrome

Posted 25 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

June 25, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol) [CBD] oral solution for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, in patients two years of age and older. This is the first FDA-approved drug that contains a purified drug substance derived from marijuana. It is also the ...

Low Dose of CBD Oil Eases Epilepsy Seizures: Study

Posted 17 May 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 – Less appears to be more when it comes to treating epilepsy with the marijuana extract cannabidiol, a new clinical trial suggests. Patients taking a 10-milligram (mg) daily dose of pharmaceutical grade cannabidiol (CBD) experienced nearly as great a reduction in seizures as patients on 20 mg, and with fewer side effects, said lead researcher Dr. Orrin Devinsky. He is ...

UCB Announces Briviact (brivaracetam) Now Approved by FDA to Treat Partial-Onset (Focal) Seizures in Pediatric Epilepsy Patients

Posted 15 May 2018 by Drugs.com

Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.) & Brussels (Belgium), 0700 CEST, 14 May, 2018: UCB announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a supplemental new drug application (sNDA) for the company’s newest anti-epileptic drug (AED) Briviact (brivaracetam) oral formulations indicated as monotherapy and adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial onset (focal) seizures in patients ...

CBD Oil: All the Rage, But Is It Really Safe and Effective?

Posted 7 May 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 – Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has become the hot new product in states that have legalized medical marijuana. The non-intoxicating marijuana extract is being credited with helping treat a host of medical problems – everything from epileptic seizures to anxiety to inflammation to sleeplessness. But experts say the evidence is scant for most of these touted benefits. Worse, CBD is ...

Study Debunks Idea That Epilepsy Can Hamper Fertility

Posted 30 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 – Having epilepsy doesn't appear to lower a woman's chances of becoming pregnant, new research finds. "Our paper is a myth-buster," said study author Dr. Page Pennell, director of research in the division of epilepsy at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "When I entered this specialty, there were a lot of myths and stigma about women living with epilepsy," Pennell ...

Fetal Exposure to Epilepsy Drug, Valproate, Tied to Lower School Grades Later

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 – There's another study that finds that taking the epilepsy drug valproate while pregnant may take an intellectual toll on offspring. Children whose mothers took the anti-seizure medication during pregnancy appear to get lower scores on school tests, the new study finds. The U.K. researchers pointed to prior studies with similar results, and they recommend that women with ...

For Kids, Chronic Illness May Trigger Mental Health Issues

Posted 16 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 – When children learn they have a long-term illness, such as diabetes or epilepsy, they're likely to suffer emotionally, too, a small study finds. These mental health issues surface soon after the diagnosis, the Canadian researchers said. Surveying 50 kids with a chronic illness and their parents, the study authors found anxiety disorders were most common. "Regardless of ...

Diet May Help Fight Epilepsy When Meds Fail

Posted 5 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 – For children with epilepsy who don't find relief from their seizures with medication, a tightly controlled nutrition plan might help, a pair of new studies suggests. Called the ketogenic diet, the therapy provides a carefully balanced high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that causes the body to burn fat instead of carbohydrates for fuel. This changes the way brain cells use ...

People With Epilepsy May Gain From Common Sleep Apnea Treatment

Posted 3 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Dec. 2, 2017 – It's been used by many people to help ease sleep apnea, but new research suggests the CPAP mask may also help ease seizures in people with epilepsy. CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) involves wearing an airflow mask over the nose or mouth each night, to help keep the back of the throat open for better breathing. Many people with epilepsy often have sleep apnea, ...

Health Tip: Managing Epilepsy in Children

Posted 3 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- About 470,000 children aged 17 or younger have epilepsy in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. If your family includes a child with the neurological disorder, the agency recommends creating a plan to manage epilepsy at school: Keep open lines of communication with your health care provider to ensure that your child's seizures are controlled as much as ...

Sunovion’s Aptiom (eslicarbazepine acetate) Receives FDA Approval for Expanded Indication to Treat Partial-Onset Seizures in Children and Adolescents 4 Years of Age and Older

Posted 20 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MARLBOROUGH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--September 14, 2017 Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Sunovion) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) to expand the indication for its antiepileptic drug (AED) Aptiom (eslicarbazepine acetate) to include treatment of partial-onset seizures (POS) in children and adolescents four to 17 ...

FDA Approves New indication for Briviact (brivaracetam) as Monotherapy Treatment of Partial-Onset Seizures in Adults

Posted 20 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.) & Brussels (Belgium), 15 September, 2017 – 0700 (CEST): UCB announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a supplemental new drug application (sNDA) for Briviact (brivaracetam) CV as monotherapy for partial-onset (focal) seizures (POS) in patients 16 years and older with epilepsy.1 This is a new indication for Briviact, which is already a ...

New Clues to Why Yawns Are Contagious

Posted 31 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 – The "contagiousness" of yawns may be rooted in primitive brain reflexes, British researchers report. Echophenomena is the term for contagious movements such as yawns. Humans tend to yawn when they see others yawn, and so do chimpanzees and dogs. Researchers at the University of Nottingham wondered where the roots of this type of echophenomena are located. They examined ...

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