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Epilepsy, Medical Marijuana and CBD: Myths and Facts

While a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recently recommended pharmaceutical-grade cannabidiol (CBD) as a treatment for two rare forms of epilepsy, CBD medication is not the same thing as medical marijuana, which is more available than ever before and promoted for wide variety of health conditions. The American Epilepsy Society (AES) wants to alert the 3 million people with epilepsy abo...

Child Protective Services called on parents treating kid with CBD oil for epilepsy

Photo: Jaelah Jerger (L) and Vala Jerger (R) (Photo courtesy their mother.)   Indiana allows CBD oil for epilepsy, but the girl’s particular form of epilepsy is not protected.   It all began last August. Even though the laws in Indiana for cannabis are strict, the Jergers knew there were certain laws permitting CBD oil use for epilepsy patients. Concerned about the side-effects of antiep...

Many States Considering Illegal CBD Crackdown Laws

Michigan, Texas and many other states are looking at doing what the Texas Department of State Health is thinking about; a crackdown on foods and oils which contain CBD.   CBD is a component in marijuana/hemp plants. Unlike THC, the psychedelic active ingredient in cannabis, it cannot actually get you high; it’s frequently utilized to deal with seizure disorders.   Texas and other states ...

UCB Announces BRIVIACT® (Brivaracetam) now Approved by FDA to Treat Partial-onset (Focal) Seizures in Pediatric Epilepsy Patients

BRIVIACT® (brivaracetam) CV oral formulations are approved as a monotherapy or adjunctive therapy in patients four years of age and older with partial-onset seizures   – Approval provides pediatric epilepsy patients a treatment option which can be initiated at a therapeutic dose from day one   – Pediatric epilepsy is the most common, serious neurological disorder among childr...

Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Treatment Commences Clinical Trial Recruitment

This week, AMO Pharma Limited announced the commencement of patient recruitment for an interventional study of AMO-01, an investigational Ras-ERK pathway inhibitor for the treatment of Phelan-McDermid syndrome (PMS).   “Treatment of Phelan-McDermid syndrome represents a significant area of unmet need in healthcare, and AMO Pharma is grateful to the research team at Mt. Sinai as well as ...

FDA Reports a Life-Threatening Immune Reaction to Lamotrigine: What You Should Know

A rare but life-threatening immune reaction in response to lamotrigine (Lamictal) requires prompt diagnosis and treatment, according to a recent alert from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   On April 25, the FDA issued what it calls a “drug safety communication” about the risk of a condition so rare that few neurologists have heard of it: hemophagocytic lymphohistiocyt...

Red Sea fungus yields leads for new epilepsy drugs

New treatments for epilepsy are sorely needed because current medications don’t work for many people with the disease. To find new leads, researchers have now turned to the sea — a source of unique natural products that have been largely untapped for prospective drugs. The scientists report in the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience that two metabolites produced by a fungus from the Red ...

Catamenial Epilepsy Pathophysiology

Catamenial epilepsy is a form of seizure disorder which is related to the hormonal changes during menstrual cycling in normal women. It has been found to account for about a third of women with epilepsy.

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

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.

Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits with Epilepsy 2018

If you or someone you love has epilepsy, you may be eligible for benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Epilepsy will not qualify with a diagnosis alone, but depending on what type of seizures you have and how well you’re able to control your symptoms, you may be eligible for monthly financial aid. Medically Qualifying Via the Blue Book The SSA uses its own medical guide, known as...

Lightning strikes can affect brain implants, study says

Doctors suggest that physicians and medical-device companies add lightning strikes to the list of things that patients with electrodes implanted in their brains should watch out for.

Treatments for Dravet Syndrome

Dravet syndrome is a very rare type of epilepsy that causes frequent and severe seizures, often beginning in the first year of life. While there is currently no definitive cure for Dravet syndrome, there are treatments available to reduce the number of seizures that can help make the condition more manageable.

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