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Prenatal Folic Acid Supplementation Found to Reduce Risk of Autistic Traits in Children of Women Taking AEDs

Prenatal folic acid supplements were found to reduce the risk of autistic traits in children born to women who were taking antiepileptic drugs while pregnant, according to a study published online on December 26 in JAMA Neurology.   The risk was less for these women compared with those who did not take folic acid supplements.

High dose of Topiramate during pregnancy can up the risk of cleft lip or cleft palate in babies

The risk was higher when the mother took high doses of the drug than when she took lower doses.   A study says a higher dose of topiramate drug during the first tri-semester of pregnancy may up the risk of cleft lip or cleft palate more than when taking a lower dose. Topiramate is prescribed to prevent seizures in people with epilepsy. It is also used to prevent migraine headaches or treat bipolar disorder. In combination with phentermine, it may be prescribed for weight loss. “While topiramate is not recommended for pregnant women, unplanned pregnancies are common, so it’s important to fully examine any possible risk,” said Sonia Hernandez-Diaz, from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. Adding, “Our study found that when pregnant women took topiramate during the f...

Children born to mothers with arthritis are 160% more likely to have epilepsy

Conclusion from a study of 1.4 million births.   They are also three times as likely to develop the agonizing condition in later life   Experts say children born to arthritis sufferers should be given ‘special attention’   The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, was derived from 25 years of research  

Association Between Seizure Onset and Year of Menarche in Women With Epilepsy

There is a significant relationship between the age of seizure onset and the age of menarche (the first occurrence of menstruation) in women with epilepsy, according to research presented at the 2017 American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting, held December 1-5, 2017 in Washington, DC.   Researchers gathered data from a web-based survey from the Epilepsy Birth Control Registry of 1144 women aged 18-47 who provided information on demographics, epilepsy diagnosis, antiepileptic drug use, and reproductive and contraceptive use.

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