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Epilepsy Drug, Topiramate, Could Raise Birth Defect Risks

Posted 29 Dec 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27, 2017 – A common anti-seizure drug may pose a birth defect problem for pregnant women, a new study warns. Researchers found that pregnant women with epilepsy who take the drug topiramate during their first trimester may boost the risk that their child will be born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. That risk increase specifically applies to women with epilepsy, who typically ...

Diet May Help Fight Epilepsy When Meds Fail

Posted 5 Dec 2017 by

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

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, ...

It's 'Buyer Beware' When Purchasing Medical Pot Extract Online

Posted 7 Nov 2017 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – People buying a medicinal marijuana extract over the internet often don't get what they paid for, a new study warns. Nearly 7 out of 10 cannabidiol (CBD) products tested did not contain the amount of marijuana extract promised on the label, researchers report. "We wanted to see if they are accurately describing what is in their product," said lead researcher Marcel ...

Medical Marijuana Won't Help Most Sick Kids

Posted 23 Oct 2017 by

MONDAY, Oct. 23, 2017 – Medical marijuana appears to hold only limited promise for sick children and teenagers, a new review suggests. It can help kids fighting cancer with chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting, and it can control seizures somewhat in children with epilepsy, said study author Dr. Shane Shucheng Wong. He is a psychiatrist with Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston. But ...

Health Tip: Managing Epilepsy in Children

Posted 3 Oct 2017 by

-- 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 ...

Pot Compound Alters Levels of Seizure Drug in Epilepsy Patients

Posted 11 Aug 2017 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 – Scientists experimenting with the marijuana compound cannabidiol as an epilepsy treatment must evaluate any interactions with other anti-seizure drugs patients are taking, researchers report. The new research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggests cannabidiol affects blood levels of several anti-seizure drugs, especially clobazam. Cannabidiol (CBD) has ...

Number of Americans With Epilepsy at Record Level

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 – More Americans than ever are living with epilepsy, federal health officials reported Thursday. According to the new report, 1.2 percent of the population – about 3 million adults and 470,000 children – were being treated for epilepsy or had experienced recent seizures in 2015, the researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The number of ...

Genetic Testing Can Help Pinpoint Epilepsy Earlier

Posted 31 Jul 2017 by

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 – A new study supports routine genetic testing for epilepsy in young children with seizures. "Precision medicine means nothing without precision diagnosis, and we can now provide precision diagnosis," said study lead author Anne Berg, of the Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. "Genetic testing should be incorporated into the ...

Compound in Pot Eases Severe Form of Epilepsy

Posted 24 May 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 – A landmark clinical trial has shown that a compound in marijuana can ease life-threatening seizures in children with a rare and devastating form of epilepsy. Cannabidiol – a non-intoxicating chemical – reduced seizure frequency by 39 percent in patients with Dravet Syndrome, researchers report. This is the first randomized, controlled trial to show that cannabidiol ...

Seizure Control Eases Life for Young Adults With Epilepsy

Posted 28 Apr 2017 by

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 – Young adults with uncomplicated epilepsy who remain seizure-free do as well as siblings without the disorder in education, employment, driving and independent living, a new study says. The 15-year study included 361 people in Connecticut with childhood-onset epilepsy and 173 of their brothers and sisters. Those with uncomplicated epilepsy who were seizure-free for five ...

Seizure Control Key to Avoiding Sudden Death With Epilepsy

Posted 25 Apr 2017 by

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 – In rare cases, seizures that cause convulsions and a loss of consciousness can raise the odds of sudden death in people with epilepsy, neurologists warn. These attacks are known as generalized tonic-clonic seizures, according to a new guideline from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Epilepsy Society. Just how rare is sudden death linked to these ...

Pot Ingredient Might Ease Severe Epilepsy

Posted 19 Apr 2017 by

TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 – An ingredient in marijuana may reduce seizures in people with a severe form of epilepsy, a new study suggests. The ingredient in question is cannabidiol – a molecule from the marijuana plant that does not create a "high." The drug is being developed by GW Pharmaceuticals, which funded the new study. Researchers used cannabidiol to treat a type of epilepsy known as ...

Epilepsy: Another Potential Zika Threat to Babies

Posted 17 Apr 2017 by

MONDAY, April 17, 2017 – Beyond its known links to birth defects and other problems, the Zika virus may also trigger cases of epilepsy in infants, warn experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among 48 babies from Brazil with probable congenital Zika infection, "50 percent reportedly had clinical seizures," said Dr. Daniel Pastula, Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp and ...

Obesity in Early Pregnancy May Raise Child's Risk of Epilepsy

Posted 3 Apr 2017 by

MONDAY, April 3, 2017 – Kids are more likely to develop childhood epilepsy – a seizure disorder – if their mothers were overweight or obese early in pregnancy, a new study suggests. The risk of epilepsy in children goes up as a mother's weight goes up – reaching as high as 82 percent among kids of severely obese women, the researchers said. "This means more severe grades of obesity correspond ...

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