4 trends in epilepsy research and care
Despite the fact that epilepsy is the third most common brain disorder — affecting an estimated one percent of children — there’s still much we don’t know about this condition. In fact, in about 75 percent of cases, epilepsy has no known cause. Research is crucial to help physicians learn more about the roots of epilepsy in children and develop potential treatments for it. “One third of our patients have treatment-refractory epilepsy. Unless we try to discover what causes an individual’s epilepsy, we can not take a personalized or precision approach to treatment. Parents should know that we’re not just accepting the status quo in epilepsy,” says Dr. Annapurna Poduri, a neurologist in the Epilepsy Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. “We’re continuing to investigate many different aspects of this disease, with the goal of improving patient care.” Here, Dr. Poduri shares four trends in epilepsy research and care, which families can learn more about at the upcoming Day of Science at Boston Children’s, presented by the CURE foundation. Comorbidity considerations A diagnosis of epilepsy can be challenging enough, but many children with this condition also have other disorders, which can have an impact on treatment and quality of life. Known as comorbidities, these diseases occur along with epilepsy. Some of the more common comorbidities in epilepsy include intellectual disabilities, motor impairments, ...
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Publication date: Available online 6 March 2017 Source:Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Author(s): Deborah A. Bilder, Joyce A. Kobori, Jessica L. Cohen-Pfeffer, Erin M. Johnson, Elaina R. Jurecki, Mitzie L. Grant Adults with phenylketonuria (PKU) may experience neurologic and psychiatric disorders, including intellectual disability, anxiety, depression, and neurocognitive dysfunction. Identifying the prevalence and prevalence ratios of these conditions will inform clinical treatment. This nested, case-controlled study used International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes from the MarketScan® ins...
ConclusionsiVNS appears to have positive modulatory long‐term effects on headache and affective/cognitive head pain perception in patients with drug‐resistant focal epilepsy, thus deserving further attention.
Co-morbid conditions frequently occur in pediatric headaches and may significantly affect their management. Co-morbidities that have been associated with pediatric headaches include attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, developmental disabilities, depression, anxiety, epilepsy, obesity, infantile colic, atopic disorders, inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. The goal of this review is to elucidate common comorbidities associated with pediatric headache, thereby empowering child neurologists to identify common triggers and tailor management strategies that address headache and associated comorbidities.
Comorbid conditions frequently occur in pediatric headaches and may significantly affect their management. Comorbidities that have been associated with pediatric headaches include attention-deficit or hyperactivity disorder, autism, developmental disabilities, depression, anxiety, epilepsy, obesity, infantile colic, atopic disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, and irritable bowel syndrome. The goal of this article is to elucidate common comorbidities associated with pediatric headache, thereby empowering child neurologists to identify common triggers and tailor management strategies that address headache and associated comorbidities.
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