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.
Scientists are increasingly appreciating estrogen’s role in brain health. Now for the first time, production of estrogen in the brain has been directly linked to the presence of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). DHA is found in abundance in fish oils and is also synthesized from alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid found in some vegetable-based oils.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease whereby the body’s own immune system attacks the joints. New research suggests there may be a link between mothers with the autoimmune disorder and their children who develop epilepsy.