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July 29, 2016

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July 29, 2016

Suicide Rate Is 22% Higher Among People With Epilepsy Than the General Population

July 12, 2016 — The suicide rate among people with epilepsy is 22 percent higher than the general population, according to a new ... read more

Women With Epilepsy Just as Likely to Get Pregnant as Healthy Women of Childbearing Age

Apr. 16, 2016 — In a prospective study, women with epilepsy had a comparable likelihood of achieving pregnancy, time taken to get pregnant, and pregnancy outcomes such as miscarriage, compared to a group of healthy ... read more

Once-a-Day Epilepsy Drug May Prevent Seizures as Well as Twice-a-Day Drug

Apr. 14, 2016 — A new study suggests that an epilepsy drug that can be taken once a day may control seizures as well as a drug that must be taken twice a day, according to a preliminary ... read more

Epilepsy Drug May Not Increase Risk of Birth Defects, Study Suggests

Apr. 6, 2016 — Babies born to pregnant women taking the epilepsy drug lamotrigine may not be at an increased risk of birth defects, such as cleft lip, cleft palate or clubfoot, according to a ... read more

Apr. 1, 2016 — Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes seizures of many different types. Recent research has found that epileptic seizures can be more easily predicted by using an electrocardiogram to ... read more

Even Seizure-Free, Children With Epilepsy Can Face Social Problems as Adults

Mar. 30, 2016 — Learning difficulties and behavioral problems during childhood can lead to suboptimal social and educational outcomes among young adults with childhood epilepsy even when their seizures are well ... read more

Birth Control Pills May Increase Risk of Seizures

Mar. 30, 2016 — Could certain types of hormonal contraceptives cause an increase in seizures in women with epilepsy? A recent study suggests that ethinyl estradiol, the primary component of oral contraceptives, ... read more

Team Redesigns Epilepsy Drug to Increase Potency, Specificity, Reduce Side Effects

Mar. 30, 2016 — A more effective version of an FDA-approved epilepsy drug has been designed with the potential for fewer side effects, according to a study. The experimental agent could also prove to be a treatment ... read more

Neuron Type-Specific Gene Loss Linked to Angelman Syndrome Seizures

Mar. 24, 2016 — A new study has helped determine that UBE3A gene loss specifically from GABAergic neurons is what's critical for seizures in Angelman patients. But UBE3A loss from other neuron types may drive ... read more

Mar. 9, 2016 — Researchers have found that the parasympathetic nervous system modulates breathing and slows the heart rate of sleeping children with epilepsy substantially more than in healthy children. The finding ... read more

Genes Influence Sleep/wake Timing of Seizures in People With Epilepsy

Mar. 7, 2016 — New research shows that genetics plays a role in sleep/wake timing of seizures. Researchers studied 1,395 individuals with epilepsy in families containing multiple people with epilepsy to determine ... read more

Cannabidiol for Treating Seizures Show Promise

Mar. 3, 2016 — Researchers have presented the first findings of a large study of cannabidiol for treating ... read more

Mar. 2, 2016 — New technologies to improve memory in people with traumatic brain injury, mild cognitive impairment, epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s disease have been developed by ... read more

Feb. 18, 2016 — New insights into Retigabine, a known pharmacological treatment for epilepsy, have been gained by recent study. Epilepsy is a family of encephalopathies characterized by abnormal synchronous and ... read more

No Change in Epilepsy Incidence in Younger Patients; Increase Among Elderly

Feb. 15, 2016 — There appears to have been no change in the incidence of epilepsy in patients younger than 65 over the past 40 years in Finland but an increased incidence among older patients, which a new study ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Status epilepticus -- continuous or rapid sequential seizure activity for 30 minutes or more -- is a medical emergency with a high mortality rate in both children and adults. Prompt and effective ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Researchers study the link between malformations of the cerebral cortex and the occurrence of the neurological disease. Why does a structural irregularity in the temporal lobe make humans more ... read more

Using Medical Marijuana to Stop Seizures in Kids

Feb. 8, 2016 — Desperate for relief, parents are taking unusual steps to help children plagued with seizures. The relief, however, comes in a most unlikely form: ... read more

Cannabis-Based Drug Reduces Seizures in Children With Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy

Jan. 5, 2016 — Children and young adults with severe forms of epilepsy that does not respond to standard antiepileptic drugs have fewer seizures when treated with purified cannabinoid, according to a multi-center ... read more

Marijuana Derivative Reduces Seizures in People With Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy

Dec. 23, 2015 — Cannabidiol (CBD), a medical marijuana derivative, was effective in reducing seizure frequency and well-tolerated and safe for most children and young adults enrolled in a year-long study, ... read more

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