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In a first, marijuana substance reduces seizures for some epilepsy patients in clinical trial

For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that a component of cannabis reduces seizures in children with a rare form of epilepsy, marking a significant step in efforts to use marijuana and its derivatives to treat serious medical conditions.

Bristol vet joins children’s brain surgeon to treat epilepsy in dogs

Epileptic dogs are being fitted with implants normally used in humans in an attempt to treat the condition. Veterinary neurologist Tom Harcourt-Brown said implanting pacemakers, known as Vagus Nerve Stimulators(VNS), was potentially life saving”. Lyn Weber said four-year-old Eva was now a “bionic dog” 

High School Athlete With Epilepsy Fights to Bring CBD Oil on Campus

  A Georgia high school athlete has found himself in the middle of a medicinal cannabis debate, as school officials refuse to let the student, who suffers from epilepsy, take his medicinal cannabis oil on campus at lunch.

Epilepsy Seizure Treatment Trobalt to Be Discontinued in June 2017

GlaxoSmithkline (GSK) announced that its epilepsy seizure drug Trobalt (retigabine) will no longer be commercially available after June 2017. The company has advised healthcare providers to seek alternative medicines for patients as soon as possible and ensure that all patients are withdrawn from Trobalt by the end of June.

EpiFinder, Inc. Announces Analytics Software to Improve Epilepsy Diagnosis and Seizure Events

EpiFinder, Inc., is pleased to announce its proprietary clinical decision analytics software to improve epilepsy syndrome diagnosis and seizure event management at the point-of-care. The early-stage Arizona company provides intelligent analytics and support to doctors, neurologists and healthcare professionals (Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and more) to enhance the lives of patients with epilepsy.

USFDA rejects SPARC’s epilepsy drug application

The US health regulator has denied approval to Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company’s (SPARC) new drug application for Elepsia XR, an anti-epileptic drug. The company has received a Complete Response Letter (CRL) from the USFDA for its new drug application for Elepsia XR, Levetiracetam extended-release tablets in strengths of 1,000 mg and 1,500 mg, SPARC said in a regulatory filing.

University of Warwick research focuses on absence epilepsy that affects children

A University of Warwick study to understand a form of epilepsy that affects children has received a grant from the charity Epilepsy Research UK. The research focuses on absence epilepsy which is largely a childhood condition which is characterized by sudden, brief interruptions of consciousness. In severe cases there may be more than 200 of these episodes each day, and these can be accompanied by or develop into convulsive seizures. Many children with absence seizures don’t respond to existing antiepileptic medication, which can present numerous difficulties in daily life, particularly with schooling.

Protein Found That May Improve Epilepsy Patients’ Response to Therapies

A protein that may help epilepsy patients respond better to drug therapies has been identified, a new study suggests. The study, titled “Molecular isoforms of high-mobility group box 1 are mechanistic biomarkers for epilepsy,” was published in the The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Huge surprise party planned for 9 year old with epilepsy after bullies make her life hell

A little Whanganui girl whose classmates refused to come to her birthday is about to be flooded with friends, presents and birthday well-wishes from all over the world. Gabi Barnett, 9, has suffered some setbacks in the last two years. Merciless bullying by another girl has made Gabi shy and withdrawn. Her mum Toni says the bully picked on someone every year, and one year she chose Gabi. “It was pretty nasty stuff. She would say things like ‘You should just die’. “Gabi got really depressed and chopped one side of her hair off, so she had to get a haircut and we could only cut it short – then there was more bullying, she was getting called a boy. It snowballed.” The girl’s family eventually moved and Gabi was delighted – but then out of the bl...

Lawmakers push legislation to provide epilepsy treatment nationwide

A controversial treatment for children with severe epilepsy could become legal nationwide. The treatment uses oil derived from Marijuana. While the treatment is legal in 44 states across the country, the treatment is still a challenge for many to access. Charlotte Figi, 10, is a happy and healthy third-grader from Colorado Springs. It’s a sight, mother, Paige Figi says she thought she’d never witness. Five and a half years ago, she was preparing to say goodbye.

Madison’s Bezold won’t let epilepsy limit him

Epilepsy is one word that recent Madison graduate Nick Bezold won’t allow to limit what he does athletically. On Tuesday night, Bezold finished his senior season of soccer for the Mustangs. (Photo: PAM DIETZ/The Jackson Sun)  “Epilepsy is something that I have dealt with my entire life,” Bezold said. “It is unpredictable. I never know when I am going to have one. Like some, I don’t have an aura.” Nick’s mom Julie Bezold calls soccer his escape and something that he puts a lot of energy into. “Soccer is something that I love to do, and usually when I feel energized, it doesn’t affect me,” Nick Bezold said. “By playing  soccer, I feel like a normal teen.” Nick and his family have tried many treatments to try to make the ...

Metformin shows promise as a potential treatment for fragile X syndrome

An inherited form of intellectual disability called fragile X may be treatable with metformin, the most widely used type 2 diabetes drug. This was the conclusion that researchers came to after studying the social, behavioral, and biological effects of metformin in a mouse model of fragile X. Research has shown that metformin, a drug used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, could be used to treat fragile X syndrome and other similar disorders.

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