Seizures News

 
 
  • Sudoku and Seizures? Researchers report a case of clonic seizures induced by solving Sudoku puzzles.
  • ATA High Maternal Thyroid Function Affects Offspring Brain Development The study is the first to show a link between high maternal thyroid function, as well as low, and neurodevelopment of offspring in childhood as assessed by IQ and MRI brain scanning.
  • ‘Excellent’ Long-Term Outcomes for Childhood-Onset Epilepsy At 45 years of follow-up, 61% of the surviving participants in a study of childhood-onset epilepsy in Finland were in terminal 10-year remission, according to new findings.
  • Epilepsy App Tracks Seizures Information gathered with the new interactive app, downloaded to the Apple Watch, will be used to develop a seizure detector.
  • CNS LITT May Trump Standard Surgical Approaches to Epilepsy Evidence is growing for the use of laser interstitial thermal therapy over other standard surgical approaches.
  • Dravet Syndrome Twice as Common as Previously Thought Dravet syndrome, an infantile epileptic encephalopathy, is twice as common in the US as previously thought, according to a population-based study.
  • Mindfulness-Based Therapy Promising for Resistant Epilepsy A new study shows that adding a form of mental meditation to the care of those with resistant epilepsy improved quality of life, seizure frequency, and other measures.
  • Alert FDA Revokes Approval for Sun Pharma's Seizure Drug Over Compliance Issues The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has revoked an approval issued in March to India's Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company Ltd (SPARC) to launch a drug for seizures, citing manufacturing quality problems at its production site.
  • IEC Generic Antiepileptic Drugs Not Created Equal Although within FDA allowable limits, the pharmacokinetic profiles of many approved modified-release antiepileptic drugs vary from those of their branded reference drugs and may vary even more from each other.
  • IEC Switching AED Forms Improves Seizure Control for ID Patients Seizure control improved by 50% when patients with epilepsy and intellectual disability were switched from a liquid to a granule form of levetiracetam, a study shows. Gut absorption may be the reason.
  • IEC Independent Review Excludes Many Patients From AED Trial In a first for an epilepsy drug trial, an external review found many patients included were ineligible because of misdiagnosis or insufficient data, raising questions about past trial results.
  • Valproic Acid Protects Against Hemorrhagic Shock-Induced Signaling Changes Valproic acid protects against changes in cellular signaling that accompany hemorrhagic shock by activating peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) gamma, according to a new in vitro study from the U.K.
  • IEC Heart Rate-Triggered Vagus Stimulator Offers Seizure Control A vagus nerve stimulator triggered by the increase in heart rate before a seizure offers patients with drug-refractory epilepsy better seizure control and improved quality of life, a study shows.
  • IEC Modified Atkins Diet Limits Seizures in Refractory Epilepsy A ketogenic diet, a modified version of the Atkins diet, has been used to help control epilepsy in children. It now has shown efficacy in adults with drug-refractory disease, a study shows.
  • Stratospheric Rise of Medical Marijuana in Epilepsy An 'interesting mix of science, politics, and social phenomena' has moved medical marijuana to the forefront of treatment for severe drug-resistant epilepsy, says the author of a new review article on the topic.
  • IEC New Tool Helps Determine Why Patients Miss AED Doses Nonadherence to antiepileptic drug therapy can have dire consequences. Reasons for nonadherence are many, a major one being dosing frequency. A new interview tool helps probe why patients miss doses.
  • IEC Adalimumab Helps Half of Patients With Rare Encephalitis Adalimumab reduced seizure frequency in about half of patients with Rasmussen's encephalitis. It also appears to improve cognitive and motor deficits in patients who respond, a study shows.
  • Vaccine-Related Seizures Don't Affect Outcome in Dravet Syndrome Study results showing that seizures linked to vaccinations, a well-known risk in Dravet syndrome patients, don't affect cognitive outcome or disease course might be a relief to physicians and parents.
  • Statins Reduce Post-Stroke Seizure Risk New study results suggest the potential for statins to prevent epilepsy in some patients.
  • Alert FDA Clears First 3D-Printed Drug Spritam levetiracetam uses Aprecia Pharmaceuticals' proprietary 3D printing to create a porous formulation of the antiepileptic that disintegrates rapidly with a sip of liquid.
 
 
 
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