Category: "Childhood Epilepsy"

Exposure to Anti-Seizure Medications Does Not Appear to Harm Neurologic Development in Young Children

Exposure to Anti-Seizure Medications Does Not Appear to Harm Neurologic Development in Young Children

Published: September 28, 2023 Most mothers who took prescription anti-seizure medications during pregnancy can breathe a sigh of relief: Young children who were exposed to commonly prescribed medications in utero do not have worse neurodevelopmental outcomes than those of healthy women (Lancet Neurol 2023;22[8]:712-722). Commonly used anti-seizure medications, such as lamotrigine and levetiracetam, are generally considered […]

Diagnosing, treating and managing epilepsy

Diagnosing, treating and managing epilepsy

It’s estimated that about 3.4 million people in the United States have active epilepsy, and that about 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime. That’s why it’s important to understand the condition, including treatment and management options, and when to seek medical care for yourself or someone else. What […]

Rapid Genome Sequencing in Infants With Epilepsy Shows Immediate Benefit

Rapid Genome Sequencing in Infants With Epilepsy Shows Immediate Benefit

— Pilot study suggests early testing for seizures, regardless of treatment setting The first study to examine rapid whole-genome sequencing in an epilepsy cohort showed high diagnostic yield and clinical utility among infants with new-onset epilepsy. In the Gene-STEPS study, 43 of 100 infants received a molecular genetic diagnosis. All participants with a genetic diagnosis […]

Rapid Genome Sequencing Expedites Epilepsy, Seizure Diagnosis in Infants

Rapid Genome Sequencing Expedites Epilepsy, Seizure Diagnosis in Infants

Aug 22, 2023 Rapid genome sequencing (rGS) testing is feasible to facilitate early diagnosis among infants with new-onset epilepsy, according to a study. The international, multicenter pilot cohort study is published in The Lancet Neurology.1 “The status quo has been to treat seizures like a symptom and try to find medications that alleviate them,” Annapurna Poduri, MD, […]

Wiltshire mum calls for supermarket trolley seats for disabled children

Wiltshire mum calls for supermarket trolley seats for disabled children

A mum from Wiltshire is calling for major supermarkets to introduce trolleys with seats for children with disabilities. Rachel Mead, from Melksham, has a 16-month-old son, who has two variants of TBCK syndrome. A rare degenerative brain disorder, it affects Drae’s central nervous system. Ms Mead has now written about the problem with existing designs to […]

How a Smartphone Can Help You Cope With Epilepsy

How a Smartphone Can Help You Cope With Epilepsy

Epilepsy looks different depending on the person, but here are some strategies for managing symptoms and staying safe. LANDIS WIEDNER JUN 4, 2021 9:00 AM AS VACCINATION RATES rise and municipalities begin to reopen, remembering simple social behaviors—like making small talk with co-workers or hugging a parent hello—is suddenly baffling. For people with chronic illness like me, […]

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