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Rough Neighborhood, Worse Epilepsy?

Posted 10 days ago by

TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 – Living in a high-crime neighborhood may make epilepsy worse, a small study suggests. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago looked at 63 epilepsy patients in Chicago. Residents of high-crime neighborhoods had significantly more seizures than residents of safer areas, the study found. "On average, people in high-crime neighborhoods had three seizures versus ...

Some Types of Epilepsy Pose More Risks During Pregnancy

Posted 11 days ago by

MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 – Women with frontal lobe epilepsy are much more likely to have an increase in seizures during pregnancy than those with focal epilepsy or generalized epilepsy, researchers report. "Physicians need to monitor women with focal epilepsy – especially frontal lobe epilepsy – more closely during pregnancy because maintaining seizure control is particularly challenging for ...

Benefits of CBD Liquid for Epilepsy May Fade With Time: Study

Posted 12 days ago by

SUNDAY, Dec. 2, 2018 – A marijuana-derived drug that helps control epileptic seizures appears to become less effective over time in some patients, a new Israeli study reports. Cannabidiol (CBD) liquid has been proven effective against seizures, but about one-third of patients develop tolerance that blunts the drug's effectiveness, according to research presented Sunday at the American Epilepsy ...

Sudden Death Risk in Epilepsy Can Wane Over Time

Posted 12 days ago by

SUNDAY, Dec. 2, 2018 – The risk of sudden unexpected death in people with epilepsy can change over time, and it usually changes for the better, a new study reports. In what the researchers are calling hopeful news, the study found that people who have a medium or high risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) often don't remain at the same risk level. "This analysis shows that there is ...

Depression Is a Risk for Teens, Adults With Epilepsy

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SATURDAY, Dec. 1, 2018 – Teens and adults with epilepsy are at increased risk for depression and should undergo regular screening, two new studies say. In one study, researchers evaluated nearly 400 teens, ages 15 to 18, with epilepsy. They found that 8 percent had moderate or severe depression and another 5 percent had attempted suicide or thought about it. An additional 22 percent of teens ...

Anti-Seizure Drug Potiga (ezogabine) May Be New Weapon Against Depression

Posted 1 Nov 2018 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 – A drug used to control seizures may be a potent weapon against depression in patients who don't find relief with antidepressants, a small pilot study suggests. Some of the 18 patients taking ezogabine (Potiga) experienced a 45 percent reduction in depression and an increase in their ability to feel pleasure, as well as an increase in resilience and the capacity to ...

FDA Approves Fycompa for the Treatment of Partial-Onset Seizures in Pediatric Patients as Young as 4 Years Old

Posted 1 Oct 2018 by

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Sept. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – Eisai Inc. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the indication of its antiepileptic drug Fycompa (perampanel) CIII for monotherapy and adjunctive use in pediatric patients 4 years and older for the treatment of partial-onset seizures (POS) with or without secondarily generalized seizures. The approval ...

Internal Body Clocks May Affect Timing of Epileptic Seizures

Posted 13 Sep 2018 by

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

-- 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

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

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

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

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 ...

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

Posted 25 Jun 2018 by

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

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 ...

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