Category: "Childhood Epilepsy"

New mechanism discovered behind infant epilepsy

New mechanism discovered behind infant epilepsy

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden have discovered a new explanation for severe early infant epilepsy. Mutations in the gene encoding the protein KCC2 can cause the disease, hereby confirming an earlier theory. The findings are being published in the journal Nature Communications. Through large-scale genetic analyses of a family with […]

Interview With A Neurologist: UNDERSTANDING CAUSES OF SUDEP

Interview With A Neurologist: UNDERSTANDING CAUSES OF SUDEP

What is sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP)? Currently, the accepted definition of SUDEP is the sudden unexpected witnessed or unwitnessed, non-traumatic and non-drowning death in people with epilepsy, with or without evidence of a seizure. It doesn’t necessarily have to be in the known context of a seizure, excluding documented status epilepticus, where people […]

Hippocampus in the brain’s temporal lobe involved in quick, successful conflict resolution

Hippocampus in the brain’s temporal lobe involved in quick, successful conflict resolution

The hippocampus in the brain’s temporal lobe is responsible for more than just long-term memory. Researchers have for the first time demonstrated that it is also involved in quick and successful conflict resolution. The team headed by Prof Dr Nikolai Axmacher from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), together with colleagues from the University Hospital of Bonn […]

A New Study Analyzes First Year Treatment Costs of Pediatric Epilepsy

A New Study Analyzes First Year Treatment Costs of Pediatric Epilepsy

First year treatment costs were found to be substantial. Average cost of $20k per child with epilepsy in first year after diagnoses.  Improving seizure control could reduce costs dramatically. Targeting and Improving quality of life issues could also reduce cost. Improving seizure control and targeting health-related quality of life could reduce the substantial costs associated […]

UNC researchers show how a genetic mutation disables molecular switch and causes autism

UNC researchers show how a genetic mutation disables molecular switch and causes autism

Last December, researchers identified more than 1,000 gene mutations in individuals with autism, but how these mutations increased risk for autism was unclear. Now, UNC School of Medicine researchers are the first to show how one of these mutations disables a molecular switch in one of these genes and causes autism. Published today in the […]

FDA Approves 1st 3d Printed Drug, and it is For Epilepsy

FDA Approves 1st 3d Printed Drug, and it is For Epilepsy

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first three-dimensional printed oral drug product, Spritam(levetiracetam), from Aprecia Pharmaceuticals, the company announced today. Levetiracetam is indicated as adjunctive therapy for partial-onset seizures, myoclonic seizures, and primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in adults and children with epilepsy. Spritam (levetiracetam) was developed with Aprecia’s proprietary ZipDose technology, […]

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