Category: "Childhood Epilepsy"

Parents, researchers work to find cause of neonatal epilepsy

Parents, researchers work to find cause of neonatal epilepsy

A shared goal to raise awareness and develop better treatments for neonatal-onset epilepsy has brought Baylor College of Medicine researchers together with three U.S. families: Jim and Tina Thompson of Iowa, Carla and Bryan Forbes from Massachusetts, and Jim Johnson and Scotty Sims in Colorado. Each couple has a child who suffered his or her […]

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 […]

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