Category: "Pregnancy"

Blood levels of common antiepileptic drugs drop during pregnancy, causing breakthrough seizures

Blood levels of common antiepileptic drugs drop during pregnancy, causing breakthrough seizures

Blood levels of many commonly used antiepileptic drugs drop dramatically with the onset of pregnancy, report researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Minnesota today in JAMA Neurology. The findings, collected as part of the multicenter study Maternal Outcomes and Neurodevelopmental Effects of Antiepileptic Drugs (MONEAD), explain why many people with epilepsy start […]

Choline during pregnancy impacts children’s sustained attention

Choline during pregnancy impacts children’s sustained attention

Seven-year-old children performed better on a challenging task requiring sustained attention if their mothers consumed twice the recommended amount of choline during their pregnancy, a new Cornell study has found. “Several decades of research using rodent models has shown that adding extra choline to the maternal diet produces long term cognitive benefits for the offspring. […]

A promising new antiseizure drug tailored to newborns

A promising new antiseizure drug tailored to newborns

Neonatal seizures can lead to serious consequences, including significant cognitive and motor disabilities, lifelong epilepsy, and death. They are often highly resistant to treatment, in part because seizures in newborns are fundamentally different from seizures in older children and adults. Yet they are treated in much the same way as older patients, with little change over the decades. Better treatment is […]

Cognitive outcomes in children of pregnant women with epilepsy

Cognitive outcomes in children of pregnant women with epilepsy

1. There were no language ability differences among 2-year-old children of women taking epileptic medication during pregnancy compared to children of healthy women not taking medication.  2. Anti-seizure medications taken in the third trimester of pregnancy had insignificant teratogenic effects on the developing fetal brain and subsequent cognitive abilities.  While it is generally a well-known […]

Cognitive outcomes in children of pregnant women with epilepsy

Does Epilepsy Medication Use in Pregnancy Affect Child’s Neurodevelopment?

Children born to women with epilepsy who were taking the antiseizure medications (ASMs) lamotrigine and levetiracetam during pregnancy were not at increased risk for developmental delays at age 3, according to study findings that will be presented at the American Academy of 73rd Annual Meeting held virtually April 17 to 22, 2021.1 Photo: Except for […]

Do epilepsy medications taken during pregnancy affect a child’s development?

Do epilepsy medications taken during pregnancy affect a child’s development?

Children born to women taking certain medications for epilepsy during pregnancy have no developmental delays at age three when compared to children of healthy women without epilepsy, according to a preliminary study released today, March 4, 2021, that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 73rd Annual Meeting being held virtually April 17 […]

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