Category: "Medicine"

She suffered 30 seizures a day. A new treatment and a robot helped them go away

She suffered 30 seizures a day. A new treatment and a robot helped them go away

Arfa Rana · CBC News · Posted: Dec 13, 2023 2:15 PM EST Makayla Douglass was the first patient in Canada to undergo Radiofrequency Thermocoagulation treatment   Makayla Douglass is a soft-spoken 11-year old who loves the colour blue, plays the clarinet and will soon be singing in an upcoming school concert. But unlike other pre-teens, Makayla was diagnosed with […]

Medical cannabis linked with weekly seizure reduction in epilepsy

Medical cannabis linked with weekly seizure reduction in epilepsy

Key takeaways: Researchers analyzed health records of 112 individuals with epilepsy given medical cannabis. Most study participants chose cannabis with concentrations of CBD and THC. ORLANDO — Adults with epilepsy who were given medical cannabis recorded a significant decrease in weekly seizure frequency, according to a poster from the American Epilepsy Society annual meeting. “There […]

Research uncovers potential treatment target for rare, genetic type of epilepsy

Research uncovers potential treatment target for rare, genetic type of epilepsy

Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute, UCL and MSD have identified a potential treatment target for a genetic type of epilepsy. Developmental and epileptic encephalopathies are rare types of epilepsy which start in early childhood. One of the most common types of genetic epilepsy, CDKL5 deficiency disorder (CDD), causes seizures and impaired development. Children are […]

FDA Warns of Potentially Lethal Reaction to Seizure Meds

FDA Warns of Potentially Lethal Reaction to Seizure Meds

Megan Brooks November 28, 2023 The antiseizure drugs levetiracetam (Keppra, Keppra XR, Elepsia XR, Spritam, generic) and clobazam (Onfi, Sympazan, generic) can cause a rare but serious drug hypersensitivity reaction that can be life threatening if not detected and treated promptly, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns in an alert issued today. Known as drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS), it […]

Can you have a seizure without having epilepsy?

Can you have a seizure without having epilepsy?

Over 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy yet there is still a lot of confusion about the neurological disorder. A popular misunderstanding is that you can only have seizures – temporary abnormal movements such as stiffness, twitching, or limpness – if you have epilepsy. Dr. Ikram Khan, a neurologist at Aurora Health Care, helps set the record straight. […]

What to know about epilepsy, and how to provide first aid if someone you know suffers a seizure

What to know about epilepsy, and how to provide first aid if someone you know suffers a seizure

Epilepsy is a common neurological condition which leads to seizures. It affects millions of people in the United States and tens-of-millions worldwide. It’s important to know what epilepsy is, how to recognize what happens during a seizure, and how to provide first aid when someone is having a seizure. What are epilepsy and seizures? Epilepsy […]

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