Category: "Childhood Epilepsy"

New causative gene found in severe childhood epilepsy

New causative gene found in severe childhood epilepsy

A large international research team has discovered a new genetic cause for a severe, difficult-to-treat childhood epilepsy syndrome. Spontaneous mutations in one gene disrupt the flow of calcium in brain cells, resulting in epileptic overactivity. The team’s research in patients also found clues to potential medical treatments for the rare condition. “Even though variants in […]

Childhood Seizures After Phototherapy

Childhood Seizures After Phototherapy

A follow-up study of Danish babies with neonatal hyperbilirubinaemia* who had been treated with phototherapy discovered a modest increase in the risk of childhood epilepsy. The finding has now been replicated in a large database analysis from the United States. Phototherapy is associated with an increase in the likelihood of epilepsy by 30% to 40% […]

Study: Infants’ jaundice treatment may increase risk of developing epilepsy

Study: Infants’ jaundice treatment may increase risk of developing epilepsy

Treating newborns for jaundice with phototherapy could increase the child risk of developing epilepsy, especially in boys, according to a study. Researchers analyzed data from 499,642 children born between 1995 and 2011 in the Kaiser Permanente Northern California healthcare system and followed up for an average of 8 years. The findings were published in the September Pediatrics […]

Epilepsy in Children

Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder affecting children, and may be characterized by sudden, recurrent episodes of uncontrolled motor activity and, in some cases, impaired consciousness (seizures). Any condition that triggers disruptive electrical discharges in the brain can produce epilepsy. Although the underlying abnormality may not be correctable, seizures themselves can usually be controlled […]

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