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As sales soar, experts warn about energy drinks!

(Reuters Health) – With Americans chugging energy drinks like never before, fears are growing among doctors that the ingredients might be putting some consumers at risk. “people with heart disease, seizures, diabetes, high blood pressure, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) should think twice before downing an energy drink.” The beverages contain a hodgepodge of ca...

Antiepileptic Drug Report Misleading, Experts Warn

February 24, 2012 — Neurologists and epileptologists are banding together to urge the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to withdraw its report on antiepileptic drugs. The American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the American Epilepsy Society (AES), the International League Against Epilepsy, and the Epilepsy Foundation have united to draw attention to their concerns about the potenti...

Pulling the Plug on Children’s Seizures Pulling the Plug on Children’s Seizures

Falling to the ground at any given moment without having control over their bodies. It’s what children with atonic seizures live with every day. For some, removing part of a major organ seems to be the key to ending the dangerous cycle. At ten months old, Cole started suffering from atonic seizures. He would wear a helmet to protect himself from the condition that causes him to fall without warnin...

Promising Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury

A new study performed on rats shows promise in helping fight against the harmful effects of traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injury causes a decrease in blood flow in the cerebrum of the brain. If blood flow is prolonged, it could lead to death or permanent cell dysfunction. The endothelin receptor A (ETrA), a receptor in the brain, contributes to the decrease of blood flow as early as four...

Epilepsy: Taking your medicines properly

You may be taking one or more medicines to prevent seizures. To get the most benefit from them, you need to consistently take the right dose of the right medicine at the right time. This can be difficult. But by following a few key tips, you can do it. Key points Become informed about the medicines you are taking. Learn their names, their purpose, and their expected side effects. Know how often yo...

Killer Combinations

AVENTURA, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) –Did you know mixing cheese or processed meats and antidepressants could spike your blood pressure? Or that licorice & blood pressure meds could lead to paralysis? If you’re not careful, the drugs meant to save you could actually do more harm than good. We’ll show you how everything from the time of day, to the type of food we eat could do us harm. Pill,...

Could antidepressants help reduce the risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy?

A groundbreaking study published in Elsevier’s Epilepsy & Behavior provides evidence in mouse model that drugs known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs; one category of antidepressants) may reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). SUDEP is estimated to be the cause of death in up to 17% of patients with epilepsy who die from their condition. Evidence...

Blood Test May Accurately Determine Depression Status

A new multi-assay, diagnostic blood test may significantly differentiate patients with depression from those without, new research suggests. In 2 small pilot studies, the serum-based test, which examines 9 biomarkers, demonstrated approximately 91% sensitivity and 81% specificity in distinguishing between the participants with major depressive disorder (MDD) from their healthy counterparts. “...

Buy Rite Thrift Store To Pay $50,000 For Worker Fired Due To Epilepsy

A Modesto retailer, Buy Rite Thrift Store, has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced Tuesday. The lawsuit alleged that Buy Rite illegally fired a stocker on the night shift who has epilepsy after he experienced mild seizures at work. Rather than requesting that the worker to take a ...

Model to Foster New Drug Development to Treat Pain and Epilepsy Developed

Drawing on X-ray crystallography and experimental data, as well as a software suite for predicting and designing protein structures, a UC Davis School of Medicine researcher has developed an algorithm that predicts what has been impossible to generate in the laboratory: the conformational changes in voltage-gated sodium channels when they are at rest or actively transmitting a signal in muscle and...

International News: Outbreak of Nodding Syndrome Spreads

January 31, 2012 — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued recommendations geared toward controlling an outbreak of nodding syndrome in South Sudan. The permanent neurologic condition previously was reported in the neighboring countries of Uganda and Tanzania. Nodding syndrome, which primarily affects children aged 5 to 15 years, is characterized by episodes of perpetual...

Effects of Early TBI May Linger 10 Years Later

January 30, 2012 — Young children who suffer severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) from a fall, car accident, or other mishap may have intellectual deficits and behavior problems that persist 10 years later, new research indicates. Until now, few studies have documented long-term outcomes of childhood TBI. The new data, reported in 2 papers published online January 23 in Pediatrics, are from researc...

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