Category: "Childhood Epilepsy"

Addressing Racial Disparity in Infantile Epileptic Spasms Syndrome: A Boston Children’s Hospital Initiative

Addressing Racial Disparity in Infantile Epileptic Spasms Syndrome: A Boston Children’s Hospital Initiative

Understanding Infantile Epileptic Spasms Syndrome Infantile Epileptic Spasms Syndrome (IESS), also known as infantile spasms, is the most common form of epilepsy observed during infancy. Characterized by spasms, loss of consciousness, and often intellectual disability, IESS is a severe disorder that requires early diagnosis and immediate referral to a neurologist for effective treatment. However, recent […]

Functional hemispherectomy stops seizures cold in kids with drug-resistant epilepsy

Functional hemispherectomy stops seizures cold in kids with drug-resistant epilepsy

Joseph Riofski had his first seizure at age 4 ½. Thus began a medical journey that led to admissions to two adult hospitals and three children’s hospitals, countless brain imaging and neurological tests, multiple intravenous immunoglobulin treatments, and trials of eight anti-seizure medications over the ensuing four years. By the time Joseph was in second […]

Computer device in Florida girl’s head keeps seizures at bay

Computer device in Florida girl’s head keeps seizures at bay

Emma Coto and her family met with doctor after doctor looking for answers. They found them at Boston Children’s Hospital. CLEARWATER — It’s easier to feel than to see the slight bump on Emma Coto’s head. It comes from a small electrical device, reminiscent of the bottom half of an old flip phone, that doctors […]

ADHD Among Unexpected Issues With Seizure Meds in Children

ADHD Among Unexpected Issues With Seizure Meds in Children

ORLANDO, Fla.—New data from Nationwide Children’s Hospital suggest comorbidities and social factors, not the type of or dose of an anti-seizure medication (ASM), are the primary drivers of side effect intensity in young patients with epilepsy, according to a presentation at the 2023 annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society. The researchers looked at the […]

She suffered 30 seizures a day. A new treatment and a robot helped them go away

She suffered 30 seizures a day. A new treatment and a robot helped them go away

Arfa Rana · CBC News · Posted: Dec 13, 2023 2:15 PM EST Makayla Douglass was the first patient in Canada to undergo Radiofrequency Thermocoagulation treatment   Makayla Douglass is a soft-spoken 11-year old who loves the colour blue, plays the clarinet and will soon be singing in an upcoming school concert. But unlike other pre-teens, Makayla was diagnosed with […]

Teens With Epilepsy Face Higher Odds for Eating Disorders

Teens With Epilepsy Face Higher Odds for Eating Disorders

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter Key Takeaways Teens with epilepsy are more likely to have an eating disorder than other kids, a new survey finds About 8.4% of teens treated for epilepsy had an eating disorder, compared to the national average of 2.7% Anorexia was more common than bulimia or binge eating among epileptic teens […]

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