Innovations in Functional Neurosurgery and Anesthetic Implications
Functional neurosurgery has undergone rapid growth over the last few years fueled by advances in imaging technology and novel treatment modalities. These advances have led to new surgical treatments using minimally invasive and precise techniques for conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, epilepsy, and psychiatric disorders. Understanding the goals and technological issues of these procedures is imperative for the anesthesiologist to ensure safe management of patients presenting for functional neurosurgical procedures. In this review, we discuss the advances in neurosurgical techniques for deep brain stimulation, focused ultrasound and minimally invasive laser-based treatment of refractory epilepsy and provide a guideline for anesthesiologists caring for patients undergoing these procedures.
The debate on legalising cannabis has been reignited by the case of a 12-year-old boy with epilepsy.
Ex-Conservative leader says policy is ‘inappropriate, ineffective and out of date’William Hague, the former leader of the Conservative party, has urged Theresa May to legalise cannabis, saying the UK ’s drug policy is “inappropriate, ineffective and utterly out of date” and “this battle is effectively over”.Lord Hague said issuing orders to the police to stop people smoking cannabis were “about as up to date and relevant as asking the army to recover the empire”.Continue reading...
Hannah Deacon, whose son suffers from epilepsy, says she was given a pledge by Theresa May
Parents who have used cannabis to treat severe epilepsy in their children are feeling more cautious than celebratory as the US government nears decision on drug made from marijuana plant
Theaters are posting notices that flashing lights in the hit Disney Pixar movie could cause seizures in some people with epilepsy.
Valproate can be a very effective drug for treating epilepsy and bipolar disorder, but it can have serious detrimental effects on a foetus.Yet it remains widely-prescribed...
Exposure to bright, flashing lights can trigger seizures in certain people with epilepsy, the Epilepsy Foundation warns
The memo asks theaters showing the movie to flag customers to the scene, USA Today reported.
PM appears to be at odds with health secretary, who says government has not got law right on medicinal use of substanceTheresa May appears at odds with senior cabinet ministers after playing down the prospect of a full-scale review into the medical use of cannabis oil, despite Jeremy Hunt admitting that the government had not got the law right.The health secretary said he backed the use of the substance and called for a swift legal review after an emergency licence was provided to Billy Caldwell, a boy with severe epilepsy whose medication had been confiscated.Continue reading...