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Irish scientists identify novel approach to preventing epileptic seizures

Irish scientists identify novel approach to preventing epileptic seizures

Irish scientists have identified a potential method of preventing damaging seizures for people with epilepsy. The breakthrough led by researchers in Trinity College Dublin could also have implications for the treatment of other neurological conditions. Epilepsy is a chronic central nervous system disorder affecting about 1 per cent of the population and 50 million people worldwide. It […]

A Home-Based Self-Management Program Improved Cognition and Quality of Life in Persons with Epilepsy

A Home-Based Self-Management Program Improved Cognition and Quality of Life in Persons with Epilepsy

A program called Home-Based Self-Management and Cognitive Training Changes Lives, or HOBSCOTCH, improved cognition and quality of life in persons with epilepsy, according to a study published in Neurology on April 6. “Nearly 50 percent of persons with epilepsy (PWE) have cognitive impairment affecting health, productivity, and quality of life,” wrote lead study author Nicholas Alexius Streltzov, […]

Contraception for Women Taking Enzyme-Inducing Antiepileptics

Contraception for Women Taking Enzyme-Inducing Antiepileptics

Topiramate, introduced as an antiepileptic drug (AED), is currently most widely used for prevention of migraine headaches. Because reproductive-aged women represent a population in which migraines are prevalent, clinicians need guidance to help women taking topiramate make sound contraceptive choices. Several issues are relevant here. First, women who have migraines with aura should avoid estrogen-containing contraceptive pills, patches, and rings. Instead, […]

Medical Cannabis Is Losing Credibility

Medical Cannabis Is Losing Credibility

As more and more states legalize medical cannabis for chronic pain, anxiety, seizure disorders and other common medical conditions, the question of efficacy becomes increasingly important. Recent studies show a lack of efficacy, but so far states are not modifying their list of approved conditions for medical cannabis. Many states approved cannabis for medical conditions […]

Understanding Seizures

Understanding Seizures

New treatments give hope to people with epilepsy When Chicagoan Bobbi Packer, an interior designer and architect, started having episodes of unusual behavior — nausea, a blank look in her eyes, babbling mid-sentence — she dismissed them. She had no idea the episodes were short seizures and a form of epilepsy. “They only lasted 15 […]

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