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Researchers from Australia and the US have developed an algorithm capable of predicting epileptic seizures with an unprecedented 82 per cent success rate. This is according to the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), which announced the results of the American Epilepsy Society Seizure Detection Challenge last week (January 20th). The competition was launched with the goal of improving seizure read more

Scientists from the US have announced the discovery of the enzymatic mechanism responsible for preventing Lafora disease, a fatal, neurodegenerative form of epilepsy. Since 1998, it has been known that Lafora disease is caused by mutations in the laforin gene. These mutations prevent the gene from modifying human glycogen and thereby preventing neurodegeneration – a mechanism that has never before read more

Women of childbearing age need to be better informed of the risks related to the use of sodium valproate during pregnancy. This is according to the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which issued a statement on Wednesday (January 21st) calling for clearer warnings about the side-effects of the common antiepileptic drug. Valproate, which is prescribed to around read more

Brivaracetam, a promising new antiepileptic drug (AED), has been submitted for regulatory approval on both sides of the Atlantic as an adjunctive therapy for patients with partial-onset seizures. The US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency will review the findings of an eight-year clinical development programme, which has involved over 3,000 patients and three Phase III studies. read more

Children with refractory epilepsy may be able to improve their life expectancy by opting for surgery rather than continuing medical treatment, according to a new study. Led by Harvard Medical School, the research aimed to quantify life expectancy rates in surgically eligible children with refractory epilepsy, finding that surgery was associated with longer life spans across the range of paediatric read more

A new study has shed new light on rates of active convulsive epilepsy, seizure frequency and outcomes of pregnancy among a cohort of pregnant women treated at tertiary hospitals. Published in the medical journal Seizure, the research was led by the University of Maiduguri and saw 7,063 pregnant women attending antenatal care services screened for previous history of epilepsy before read more

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