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New study highlights treatment window for epilepsy

Posted 16 Nov 2010 in Brain science; genetics

A new study by Australian researchers has suggested that there could be a "window of opportunity" to halt the onset of epilepsy. Staff at the University of Melbourne have found that brain damage continues to develop after a traumatic brain injury (TBI), reports Medical News Today. The report, published in the latest issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, shows read more

Epilepsy could hinder cognitive development in children

Posted 12 Nov 2010 in Epilepsy in children

The onset of epilepsy in children could significantly hinder their cognitive development, according to new research. Philip Fastenau, a neurologist at Case Western Reserve's School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland, has studied how a child develops mentally following their first seizure. The study, published in the journal Neurology, revealed that children with an average IQ before they developed read more

US university receives funding for epilepsy research

Posted 11 Nov 2010 in Brain science; genetics

Two neurology researchers at a US university have received significant funding to conduct epilepsy research in older patients. The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded a $1.6 million (£995,000) grant to staff members at the University of Arizona. Dr David Labiner, neurology professor and department head, and professor Jenny Chong will look at how the condition affects read more

Lib Dem fury over withdrawal of legal aid in epilepsy drug case

Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell has criticised the decision to withdraw legal aid from families suing an anti-epilepsy drug manufacturer. Around 80 families had planned to begin legal proceedings against the makers of sodium valproate as they claim it caused birth defects in their children. However, the Legal Service Commission (LSC) has decided against funding the case as read more

More epilepsy research and funding ‘is needed’

Posted 5 Nov 2010 in Statistics; treatment in the UK

More epilepsy research and funding is required to help develop new treatments for the condition, it has been claimed. According to an editorial in the Boston Globe, researchers are making progress in understanding neurological conditions such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, but less so for epilepsy, despite the fact it affects millions of individuals and their families around the world. The read more

Teen school performance ‘harmed’ by pre-natal exposure to AEDs

Children born to women taking multiple drug treatments for epilepsy seizures during pregnancy are more likely to struggle at school than those whose mothers are not affected by the condition, new research suggests. The study, based on the records of 1,235 children born to mothers with epilepsy between 1973 and 1986, found that prenatal exposure to a combination of drugs, read more

The ketogenic diet – proof it works

Posted 16 Jul 2008 in Epilepsy in children / Other treatments

A diet high in fat and low in carbohydrate and protein has been used to treat seizures in children with epilepsy for nearly 90 years. A number of studies have shown the diet is effective, but none of these have been of the type considered to provide the best quality of evidence: randomised controlled trials. These are recommended for all read more

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