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Internal Body Clocks May Affect Timing of Epileptic Seizures

Posted 13 Sep 2018 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 ...

Health Tip: Keep Your Epileptic Child Safer

Posted 31 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Parents of a child with epilepsy may be preoccupied with keeping the child safe during the school day. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these suggestions: Develop an action plan so that teachers and school officials know what to do in the event of a seizure or similar emergency. Contact the Epilepsy Foundation, which offers free training programs for school staff. ...

Brain Implant Puts the Brakes on Epileptic Seizures in Mice

Posted 31 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 – Experiments in mice have shown that an implanted electronic device in the brain can detect – and deliver drugs to stop – impending epileptic seizures. Potentially, a similar device might help people with epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and brain tumors who have failed standard treatment. So far, the technology is in the very early stages of development and its clinical ...

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 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, ...

Brain's 'Plasticity' Amazes as Boy Recovers From Drastic Surgery

Posted 31 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 – The developing brain of a growing child has incredible ways of compensating for the loss of an essential brain region, a new case study shows. A young boy has retained his ability to recognize faces even though surgeons removed one-sixth of his brain, including the region that normally handles that task, his doctors said. Essentially, the other side of the 10-year-old's ...

FDA OKs First Drug Epidiolex (Cannabidiol) Containing Marijuana-Derived Ingredient

Posted 25 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 – In a regulatory first, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday said it had approved a drug with an ingredient derived from the marijuana plant. In a statement, the agency said it had "approved Epidiolex [cannabidiol, or CBD] oral solution for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet ...

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 ...

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 ...

Epilepsy Drug, Topiramate, Could Raise Birth Defect Risks

Posted 29 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

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 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, ...

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

Posted 7 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

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