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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

'Epilepsy Gene Network' Identified in Brain

Posted 14 Dec 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 – Scientists say they have identified a gene network in the brain that's associated with epilepsy. Although the research is in the early stages, the investigators hope their discovery can revive interest in finding new epilepsy treatments. "Identifying groups of genes that work together, and then targeting these networks of genes, may lead to more effective treatments," ...

When Sibling Has Epilepsy, Kids Worry

Posted 5 Dec 2016 by

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 – Brothers and sisters of children with epilepsy tend to worry and feel protective toward them, a new study finds. "When a child has a chronic disease, it impacts the family and we wanted to learn how it affects siblings of children with epilepsy," said lead researcher Barbara Kroner. She's a senior epidemiologist at RTI International, a nonprofit research institute ...

Study Sheds Light on Safety of Driving With Epilepsy

Posted 5 Dec 2016 by

SUNDAY, Dec. 4, 2016 – People with epilepsy who experienced longer seizures during a simulated driving test may face an increased risk for crashes while on the road, a new study suggests. About 75 percent of people with epilepsy use medication to control their seizures and are able to drive. The remainder of patients typically keep a journal of seizures, noting how long they last, and doctors ...

Newer Epilepsy Drugs May Be Safer During Pregnancy

Posted 1 Sep 2016 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 – Women who take the new epilepsy drugs levetiracetam and topiramate during pregnancy don't run the risk of harming their infant's mental development, British researchers report. But the commonly prescribed anti-seizure drug valproate was linked with lower IQs in children, especially when taken at higher doses, researchers say. "The treatment of epilepsy in women who are ...

Young People With Epilepsy Struggle on Many Fronts

Posted 10 Aug 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 – Children and young adults with epilepsy face an array of psychological, physical and social challenges, a new analysis reveals. Australian researchers reviewed 43 studies that included a total of more than 950 children, teens and young adults, and delved into their experiences with the seizure disorder. "Children with epilepsy feel vulnerable from a physical and a ...

Even Controlled, Epilepsy May Still Cause Problems for Kids

Posted 31 Mar 2016 by

THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 – Even when their seizures are well-controlled, children with epilepsy can still have learning and behavioral disorders that lead to social and educational problems when they're young adults, a new study finds. "Frequency and intensity of seizures remain important predictors of how well a child does into adulthood. But, somewhat to our surprise we also found seizures are ...

Wearable Devices Aim to Monitor Epileptic Seizures

Posted 8 Dec 2015 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 – Wearable devices aimed at tracking seizures in epilepsy patients are being developed, researchers report. Three such devices – a patch, an arm band system and wrist-worn monitors – were reviewed in three separate studies and presented this week at an American Epilepsy Society meeting in Philadelphia. They do not yet have U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval as ...

Marijuana Chemical Shows Promise for Hard-to-Treat Epilepsy in Kids

Posted 7 Dec 2015 by

MONDAY, Dec. 7, 2015 – Evidence is mounting that a marijuana-derived oil might benefit some children with epilepsy whose seizures aren't controlled by approved medications, two new studies show. Cannabidiol (CBD) significantly reduced seizures in as many as half of children with epilepsy, researchers planned to report Monday at the American Epilepsy Society's annual meeting, in Philadelphia. But ...

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