Category: "Seizures"

Marijuana Promising in Rare Epilepsies, But It’s Still Early

Marijuana Promising in Rare Epilepsies, But It’s Still Early

A raft of new study results on medical marijuana are promising, but the message from investigators was loud and clear: No real progress can be made in verifying the safety and efficacy of this treatment until randomized controlled trials are carried out. Such trials are about to get under way early next year. Meanwhile, though, […]

SPECT scan measures brain activity during seizures

SPECT scan measures brain activity during seizures

Loyola University Medical Center is offering epileptic patients an imaging scan that records brain activity during seizures. The scan is called single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). It highlights the hotspot in the brain where seizures originate. It’s used in patients who are potential candidates for surgery to remove the portion of the brain responsible […]

Advances in Epilepsy 2014, A Year in Review

Advances in Epilepsy 2014, A Year in Review

2014 saw many changes in the understanding and treatments for epilepsy. As you all are well aware, Cannabis treatments became a major topic over the past few years, culminating in 2014 with many states passing compassionate care laws, like Florida’s Charlotte’s Web Bill (which won’t go into effect until 2015). Here is a roundup of […]

Knowledge and access barriers bar epilepsy patients from surgery

Knowledge and access barriers bar epilepsy patients from surgery

The unfamiliarity of some neurologists with recommended practice standards, coupled with access barriers, may be preventing eligible patients with epilepsy from undergoing surgical treatment, survey findings suggest. In an editorial accompanying the study in Neurology, Lara Jehi (Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA) and Gary Mathern (University of California, Los Angeles, USA) say: “The current reality is […]

‘Microlesions’ in Epilepsy Discovered by Novel Technique

‘Microlesions’ in Epilepsy Discovered by Novel Technique

Chicago, IL (Scicasts) — Using an innovative technique combining genetic analysis and mathematical modeling with some basic sleuthing, researchers have identified previously un-described micro-lesions in brain tissue from epileptic patients. The millimeter-sized abnormalities may explain why areas of the brain that appear normal can produce severe seizures in many children and adults with epilepsy. The […]

Possible Surgical Cure for Some With LGS (Lennox-Gastaut syndrome)

Possible Surgical Cure for Some With LGS (Lennox-Gastaut syndrome)

SEATTLE, Washington — Certain patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) may be good candidates for curative epilepsy surgery, emerging research suggests. A new case series shows that two thirds of patients with LGS were seizure-free or markedly improved following resective surgery. “Most patients with LGS are not candidates for curative surgery, but there is a small […]

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