Category: "Epilepsy in women"

Hard Conversations in Managing Epilepsy in Teenagers: Contraception

Hard Conversations in Managing Epilepsy in Teenagers: Contraception

ORLANDO, Fla.—Because of medication interactions, risks for abuse and the teratogenic effects of anti-seizure drugs, adolescents with epilepsy who become pregnant have a unique risk profile that should be addressed by their neurology care team, said Sarah Weatherspoon, MD, a pediatric epileptologist at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, in Memphis, Tenn., at the 2023 annual meeting […]

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month! Here’s how you can get involved

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month! Here’s how you can get involved

November is here, and it’s not just a month for autumn leaves and Thanksgiving, it’s also a time to raise awareness about epilepsy. Epilepsy Awareness Month is dedicated to dispelling myths, fostering understanding, and supporting those living with this neurological disorder. It is a chronic condition characterised by recurrent seizures, which are sudden, uncontrolled electrical […]

What if seizures could be predicted?

What if seizures could be predicted?

New research would provide a measure of safety and security for those with epilepsy – and give parents of young children peace of mind.   It happened without warning. Vanessa Vazquez’s son, Max Lucca, was at the kitchen table doing homework after school. He stood up to sharpen a pencil. Then, suddenly he began shaking […]

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 […]

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