Category: "Seizures"

68% of Patients with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (JME) Become Seizure-free

A 25-year follow-up study reveals that 68% of patients with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) became seizure-free, with nearly 30% no longer needing antiepileptic drug (AED) treatment. Findings published today in Epilepsia, a journal of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), report that the occurrence of generalized tonic-clonic seizures preceded by bilateral myoclonic seizures, and AED polytherapy significantly predicted poor […]

Anti-epilepsy drug phenobarbital stunts neuronal growth

Anti-epilepsy drug phenobarbital stunts neuronal growth

Could a Georgetown University Medical Center study of adverse effects of phenobarbital on brain synapses in rat pups help explain cognitive deficits in children treated with the drug after birth? A brain study in infant rats demonstrates that the anti-epilepsy drug phenobarbital stunts neuronal growth, which could prompt new questions about using the first-line drug to treat epilepsy […]

Preventing Autism after early diagnoses of Epilepsy

Preventing Autism after early diagnoses of Epilepsy

BOSTON, May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Early-life seizures are known to be associated with autism, and studies indicate that about 40 percent of patients with autism also have epilepsy. A study from Boston Children’s Hospital finds a reason for the link, and suggests that an existing drug, already shown to be safe in children, could help prevent autism […]

Preliminary study shows that Topamax does not prevent normal growth in children

Preliminary study shows that Topamax does not prevent normal growth in children

In a report published by the American Academy of Neurology, results were shown from a preliminary study of youngsters who receive Topiramate for partial-onset epilepsy. Unfortunately, there was no control group and there were not enough children in the study for these results to be taken as absolute. By Ed Susman, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today Published: April 30, 2012 Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, […]

1 in 26

1 in 26

Landmark study shows 1 in 26 may develop epilepsy at some point in life. A landmark study from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports that your chance of developing epilepsy at some point in your life is one in 26. Onset is highest in children and older adults. But epilepsy knows no boundaries—it can strike at any […]

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