Category: "Epilepsy in children"

Potassium Channel Dysfunction in Genetic Epilepsy

Potassium Channel Dysfunction in Genetic Epilepsy

Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered functional links between dozens of potassium channel gene variants and neonatal epilepsy, according to a study published in JCI Insight. The findings represent a significant advancement in the understanding of the gene KCNQ2, according to Alfred George, Jr., MD, chair and Alfred Newton Richards Professor of Pharmacology and lead author of the study. KCNQ2 was among the first genes […]

Is Vaccination Safe for Children with Epilepsy ?

Is Vaccination Safe for Children with Epilepsy ?

  Seizures and status epilepticus can occur within 14 days following the administration of inactivated and live-attenuated vaccines. These vaccine-proximate seizures can undermine parental confidence in vaccine safety and affect further vaccination decisions. A recent study suggests that there is no contraindication to administering routine vaccines in children with epilepsy or febrile seizures. The study […]

Bill To Help Students With Epilepsy Goes To Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Desk

Bill To Help Students With Epilepsy Goes To Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Desk

A measure that calls for creating individualized plans to care for students who have epilepsy or seizure disorders is headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk. The Florida Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed the bill (HB 173), after the House gave unanimous support last month. The proposal would require schools to create “individualized seizure action” plans […]

‘My son has no quality of life, and this is our last hope,’ says the mother of a three-year-old boy who suffers from rare epilepsy.

‘My son has no quality of life, and this is our last hope,’ says the mother of a three-year-old boy who suffers from rare epilepsy.

After NHS (National Health Service) drugs failed to work on her son’s rare form of epilepsy, his mother is fighting for cannabis treatment in a last-ditch effort to improve his quality of life. Isaac, Sarah Sugden’s three-year-old son, has a rare gene mutation that has resulted in severe refractory epilepsy that has been resistant to […]

Orange County doctor helps lead the fight against his son’s rare disorder

Orange County doctor helps lead the fight against his son’s rare disorder

When Orange County plastic surgeon Dr. Justin West’s son, Andrew, was born, he seemed like a normal healthy baby, not unlike West’s other two children. But when his wife, an ophthalmologist, noticed a strange tick in his foot, she took to her group of Orange County women physicians on Facebook for answers. West and his […]

Why epilepsy affects children under five

Why epilepsy affects children under five

Epilepsy, also called seizure disorder, is a brain condition that causes a child to have seizures. A condition of the nervous system that mainly affects children under five years of all races and ethnic backgrounds. Some children outgrow their seizures by the time they are teenagers while others have life-long challenges. A seizure occurs when […]

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