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  1. Why are Girls Diagnosed with Autism Less than Boys?

    Why are Girls Diagnosed with Autism Less than Boys?

    According to research, girls are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) less commonly than boys–a fact attributed to unique underlying genetic and neurobiological characteristics in girls and boys with ASD. However, identifying behavioral differences between the sexes within ASD has been problematic as well as controversial. Based on recent data,...

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  2. Ketogenic Diet? There’s a Pill for That!

    Ketogenic Diet? There’s a Pill for That!

    ‘Ketogenic’ pill to treat drug-resistant epilepsy EpilepsyAction: New studies in Japan have identified a drug that may help people with epilepsy whose seizures don’t respond to medication. The drug changes the energy supply to the brain – effectively mimicking the ketogenic diet Most anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) are believed to suppress seizures...

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  3. Myoclonus Epilepsy Associated with Ragged-Red Fibers (MERRF) Diagnosis Discussed by Researchers

    Myoclonus Epilepsy Associated with Ragged-Red Fibers (MERRF) Diagnosis Discussed by Researchers

    Involuntary muscle twitches, generalized epilepsy, and cerebellar ataxia — these symptoms are typically indicative of a mitochondrial myopathy. Yet with the different types of mitochondrial myopathies, it may be difficult to determine the precise diagnosis for patients affected with these varied symptoms. A group from Universidade Federal do Paraná in Brazil...

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  4. Parents share arduous, circuitous journey to get referrals for childhood epilepsy surgery

    Parents share arduous, circuitous journey to get referrals for childhood epilepsy surgery

    Having a child diagnosed with epilepsy can be a frightening and confusing time. Now, parents share their arduous and “circuitous” journey to get referrals for pediatric epilepsy surgery once their child’s disease stops responding to anti-seizure medications. The UCLA study sheds light on the difficulties parents face obtaining specialty and...

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