Category: "Human Interest Epilepsy"

Impact of antiepileptic medications and sex hormones on maternal and child outcomes in epilepsy

Impact of antiepileptic medications and sex hormones on maternal and child outcomes in epilepsy

Studies show that sex steroid hormone concentrations significantly increase throughout the duration of pregnancy. These concentrations and their neuroactive steroid metabolites may influence fetal neurodevelopment and seizure control among pregnant women with epilepsy. Enzyme-inducing (EI) antiseizure medications (ASMs) have been known to alter sex steroid hormone concentrations in the nonpregnant state. In a recent analysis […]

Epilepsy patients to be offered ‘game-changing’ laser therapy in NHS rollout

Epilepsy patients to be offered ‘game-changing’ laser therapy in NHS rollout

Laser interstitial thermal therapy – LITT – targets the part of the brain causing seizures without the need for invasive surgery The NHS will roll out a “game-changing” new laser beam therapy next month to help reduce seizures for patients with epilepsy. The cutting-edge fiber optic laser therapy, known as laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT), targets the part […]

Emergency Departments Frequently Miss Signs of Epilepsy in Children

Emergency Departments Frequently Miss Signs of Epilepsy in Children

A subtle type of seizure goes undetected two-thirds of the time in pediatric emergency departments, a new study shows. The work focuses on “nonmotor” seizures, which cause children to zone out and stare into space or fidget. They may also feel sudden changes in emotions, thoughts, or sensations, in contrast to motor seizures, which cause muscles […]

Dogs bring people with epilepsy their medicine when they can’t do it themselves

Dogs bring people with epilepsy their medicine when they can’t do it themselves

If you have a complex form of epilepsy, a dog can help you, shows Valérie van Hezik-Wester in her dissertation. She researched whether having such a dog brings health benefits, and whether this care is also cost-effective for society. What is your research about? I followed 25 patients and their carer for three years. The […]

‘Breaking a promise’: California deficit could halt raises for disability workers

‘Breaking a promise’: California deficit could halt raises for disability workers

Families of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities say Gov. Gavin Newsom is reneging on a scheduled raise for the workers who care for their loved ones, and advocates warn of potential lawsuits if disability services become harder to get. Citing California’s budget deficit, the Democratic governor wants to save around $613 million in state […]

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