Category: "Seizures"

Surgery May Prolong Life in Some Children With Epilepsy

Epilepsy surgery adds several years to the life expectancy of children with refractory epilepsy who are deemed suitable surgical candidates, and it may improve their quality of life compared with continuing medical therapy only, a new study suggests. While there’s a growing consensus that surgery is sometimes an optimal choice in some pediatric patients, the […]

Childhood Epilepsy: New Data on Prognosis

Children With Epilepsy The diagnosis of epilepsy is life-changing for children and their parents. It provokes a host of questions (many of which are addressed in my book, Epilepsy: 199 Answers).[1] Two of the most critical questions are “What caused the seizure?” and “Will it happen again?” The answers will define the course of epilepsy for that […]

FOLLOW UP: Seizures and sudden death, When SUMO ‘wrestles’ potassium channels

A gene crucial for brain and heart development may also be associated with sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP), the most common cause of early mortality in epilepsy patients. Scientists at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have created a new animal model for SUDEP and have shown that mice who have a […]

Penn Study Finds A Powerful Tool for Studying Epilepsy, Other Brain Disorders

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine and School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have used graphene — a two-dimensional form of carbon only one atom thick — to fabricate a new type of microelectrode that solves a major problem for investigators looking to understand the intricate circuitry of the brain. […]

SURVEY: Caregivers more aware of SUDEP than patients

Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is concerning and many—even those with seizure disorders—may not be aware of this condition. New research published inEpilepsia, a journal published by Wiley on behalf of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), reports that 76% of caregivers are more likely to have heard of SUDEP compared with 65% of […]

Restrict Valproate, EMA Committee Urges

Another Depakote Warning. The European Medicine Agency (EMA)’s Pharmacovigilance and Risk Assessment Committee has recommended strengthening the restrictions on the use of valproate in women of childbearing age. This is because of the risk for malformations and developmental problems in children exposed to valproate during pregnancy. The committee recommends that valproate not be used to […]

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