Category: "Childhood Epilepsy"

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, […]

Study finds girls with mild autism susceptible to treatment-resistant epilepsy

Study finds girls with mild autism susceptible to treatment-resistant epilepsy

New York — In a study published in the June issue of Autism Research, researchers at the New York University observed that girls with mild autism are susceptible to what scientists call ‘treatment-resistant’ epilepsy. It has long been observed by researchers that girls appear less likely to develop autism than boys, and that a significant number […]

Epilepsy: New Data on Focal Seizures

Epilepsy: New Data on Focal Seizures

Patients with idiopathic generalized epilepsies (IGE) can also have focal seizure symptoms. A team of Australian researchers has added some findings that indicate which patients are more likely to have both types of seizures. Focal seizure symptoms (FSS) occur equally with both major and minor seizures. They are more common in juvenile absence epilepsy and […]

Study suggests potential way to predict autism or psychosis risk in children with genetic abnormality

Study suggests potential way to predict autism or psychosis risk in children with genetic abnormality

Doctors and researchers have long known that children who are missing about 60 genes on a certain chromosome are at a significantly elevated risk for developing either a disorder on the autism spectrum or psychosis — that is, any mental disorder characterized by delusions and hallucinations, including schizophrenia. But there has been no way to […]

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