WGA Speeds Diagnosis of Devastating Seizure Disorder in Kids WGA Speeds Diagnosis of Devastating Seizure Disorder in Kids
Whole-genome analysis looks more clinically and economically feasible for diagnosing newborns with a rare, but devastating, epilepsy syndrome, new research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Automated detection of focal epileptic seizures in a sentinel area of the human brain
(University of Alabama at Birmingham) In a first-in-humans pilot study, researchers have identified a sentinel area of the brain that may give an early warning before clinical seizure manifestations from focal epilepsy appear. They have also validated an algorithm that can automatically detect that early warning. These two findings offer the possibility of squelching a focal epilepsy seizure -- before the patient feels any symptoms -- through neurostimulation of the sentinel area of the brain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Judge throws out abortion pill challenge
Now doctors call for misoprostol to be allowed for home use across the UK Related items fromOnMedica MHRA tightens licence restrictions on valproate for women Hunt announces Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review Most CCGs missing smoking target for pregnant women Emergency contraception not weight dependent, says MHRA Epilepsy does not affect chance of pregnancy, or outcomes (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Predictors of seizure-related injuries in an epilepsy cohort from North India - Dabla S, Puri I, Dash D, Vasantha PM, Tripathi M.
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To identify predictors of seizure-related injury (SRI) and death in people with epilepsy (PWE) in a North Indian cohort. METHODS: This ambispective cohort study included PWE registered in an epilepsy clinic in Delhi between ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Elephants and Alzheimer's; Omega-3 and Epilepsy; Eye Disease and Dementia
(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the world of neurology and neuroscience (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - August 14, 2018 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

Magnetic gene in fish may someday help those with epilepsy, Parkinson's
(Michigan State University) An aquarium fish that senses the Earth's magnetic field as it swims could help unlock how the human brain works and how diseases such as Parkinson's and other neurological disorders function. Michigan State University scientists are the first to discover a navigational gene in glass catfish called the electromagnetic-perceptive gene, or EPG, that responds to certain magnetic waves. They've already developed a way to use it to control movement in mice. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Marijuana-derived drug reduces epilectic seizures, study says
Cannabidiol, a drug derived from marijuana, was effective at treating patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Epilepsy: New findings 'could change textbooks'
New research on epilepsy narrows down the culprits to two key brain proteins. The study authors explain why this is a breakthrough in the field. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Epilepsy Source Type: news

Pot for Pets: U.S. Federal Law Puts Vets Into a Quandary Pot for Pets: U.S. Federal Law Puts Vets Into a Quandary
A wave of medical research is providing fresh evidence that marijuana may help dogs and cats cope with arthritis, epilepsy, anxiety and other maladies without the side effects of traditional drugs, but veterinarians are afraid to prescribe it for fear of running afoul of federal laws.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines - August 10, 2018 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Study: Brain proteins, patterns reveal clues to understanding epilepsy
(University of Nevada, Las Vegas) A team of UNLV, Tufts University, and international researchers has identified which brain proteins might be most influential in controlling neural activity associated with epilepsy and anxiety, paving the way for better prevention and treatments someday. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pot for pets: U.S. federal law puts vets into a quandary
A wave of medical research is providing fresh evidence that marijuana may help dogs and cats cope with arthritis, epilepsy, anxiety and other maladies without the side effects of traditional drugs, but veterinarians are afraid to prescribe it for fear of running afoul of federal laws. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Spider venom may help treat a serious form of epilepsy
Scientists are studying a specific peptide found in spider venom. They hope it will lead to an effective treatment for a rare and serious form of epilepsy. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Epilepsy Source Type: news

Can medical marijuana help treat intractable epilepsy?
(Wiley) A new British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology review examines the potential of medicinal cannabis -- or medical marijuana -- for helping patients with intractable epilepsy, in which seizures fail to come under control with standard anticonvulsant treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Egg freezing for social reasons is not without risk, warns Royal College
It ’s expensive, there’s no guarantee of success, and it has side effects Related items fromOnMedica Epilepsy does not affect chance of pregnancy, or outcomes Blood test identifies high-risk lupus pregnancies Tackling obesity ‘must be made a national priority’ Women ’s health czar needed to lead on radical overhaul Contraceptive implants linked with repeat abortions (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Spider venom could treat drug-resistant form of childhood epilepsy
That's the claim made by researchers from the University of Queensland and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience, who believe arachnid peptides could control Dravet Syndrome. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Strategic Approaches to Improving Access to Quality Health Care for Children and Youth with Epilepsy
Funding to improve access to coordinated and comprehensive quality care for children and youth with epilepsy (CYE) with an emphasis on populations experiencing health disparities and children and youth with epilepsy residing in underserved and/or rural communities. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - August 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Boston Children's Hospital accelerates genomic sequencing to expand existing genomic database
(Boston Children's Hospital) Boston Children's Hospital has embarked on a strategic initiative to expand its research genomics gateway, with plans to sequence the DNA of 3,000 patients with epilepsy or inflammatory bowel disease and their family members. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Epidemiology of traumatic brain injury-associated epilepsy and early use of anti-epilepsy drugs: an analysis of insurance claims data, 2004-2014 - DeGrauw X, Thurman D, Xu L, Kancherla V, DeGrauw T.
BACKGROUND: About 2.8 million TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths occurred in 2013 in the United States. Post-traumatic epilepsy (PTE) can be a disabling, life-long outcome of TBI. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this st... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Mortality after traumatic brain injury and the effect of posttraumatic epilepsy - Uski J, Lamusuo S, Teperi S, L öyttyniemi E, Tenovuo O.
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of posttraumatic epilepsy (PTE) on mortality and causes of death after traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHODS: Medical reports were collected retrospectively of patients who sustained TBI between 1996 and 2013. After ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

How One Family's Fight With Epilepsy Led To The First Marijuana-Based Pharmaceutical
Sam Vogelstein used to suffer a hundred seizures a day. Then he tried a marijuana-based drug that wasn't available in the U.S. It stopped his seizures and has just been approved by the FDA.(Image credit: Lesley McClurg/KQED) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lesley Mcclurg Source Type: news

How One Boy's Fight With Epilepsy Led To The First Marijuana-Derived Pharmaceutical
Sam Vogelstein used to suffer a hundred seizures a day. Then he tried a marijuana-based drug that wasn't available in the U.S. It stopped his seizures and has just been approved by the FDA.(Image credit: Lesley McClurg/KQED) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lesley Mcclurg Source Type: news

Ask Is Epilepsy Curable or Not
Is Epilepsy Curable or Not? (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - August 6, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Sudan:Chronic, Essential Medicines Unaffordable for Many Sudanese
[Radio Dabanga] Sudan -Residents of several Sudanese states have complained about the lack and high prices of lifesaving medicines to tread chronic conditions such as blood pressure and diabetes, as well as medicines related to epilepsy and other neurological and psychological conditions. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 3, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

UCLA researcher uses virtual reality to understand how animals perceive space
UCLA Health Nobody thinks much about how to navigate from the sofa to refrigerator. Memorizing sensory cues along the way, like the sight of the dining room table or a kitchen countertop, requires no conscious effort. You may not realize it, but your brain is processing data faster than any super computer, rapidly constructing a mental map based on sensory inputs as you move through your house.  When healthy, we don ’t appreciate this gift. However, spatial memory is one of the first functions to deteriorate in several neurological conditions including epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease. That is why UCL...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 2, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Folate May Limit Language Delays in Kids of Epileptic Women (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Not using folic acid before and during pregnancy increased risks substantially (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)
Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN - August 1, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Folic Acid Supplements in Pregnancy Help Kids of Women With Epilepsy
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 -- Drugs taken in pregnancy to prevent epilepsy seizures can raise the risk of language delays in children. But new research shows that folic acid supplements can cut that risk. One U.S. ob/gyn said the finding has real... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 1, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Affective, neurocognitive and psychosocial disorders associated with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic epilepsy - Semple BD, Zamani A, Rayner G, Shultz SR, Jones NC.
Survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI) often develop chronic neurological, neurocognitive, psychological, and psychosocial deficits that can have a profound impact on an individual's wellbeing and quality of life. TBI is also a common cause of acquired ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

EMS Camp Allows U.S. and Canadian Teens to Make Impact on Israel
Tikva Goldberg from Queens, New York, grew up as a frequent patient of Hatzolah and hospital services. As a child, she suffered from epilepsy and was often in need of frequent treatments and transportation to and from hospitals. “I always wanted to give back and help others just as I was helped,” she said as she drove home from working her first ever ambulance shift as an emergency medical responder (EMR) in Israel. “The Rescue Israel program is really fitting for me in that it is giving me an opportunity to do just that,” she added excitedly. Goldberg is one of the twenty-two participants in a pr...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - July 31, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: United Hatzalah Tags: International News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

EMS Camp Allows U.S. and Canadian Teens to Make Impact on Israel
Tikva Goldberg from Queens, New York, grew up as a frequent patient of Hatzolah and hospital services. As a child, she suffered from epilepsy and was often in need of frequent treatments and transportation to and from hospitals. “I always wanted to give back and help others just as I was helped,” she said as she drove home from working her first ever ambulance shift as an emergency medical responder (EMR) in Israel. “The Rescue Israel program is really fitting for me in that it is giving me an opportunity to do just that,” she added excitedly. Goldberg is one of the twenty-two participants in a pr...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - July 31, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: United Hatzalah Tags: International News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Cognition and Dementia in Older Patients With Epilepsy Cognition and Dementia in Older Patients With Epilepsy
Is cognitive impairment associated with epilepsy in older people? This review explores the complex relationship between epilepsy, Alzheimer disease, and cerebrovascular disease.Brain (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Journal Article Source Type: news

Quick, What's A New Risk Factor for Adult Epilepsy?
(MedPage Today) -- You passed medical training, now see if you can pass our weekly quiz (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - July 28, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

New research finds a link between stress hormones and epilepsy
(Natural News) A study published online in the journal Stress has unveiled a connection between stress and the onset of psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES), a condition characterized by spasms similar to epileptic seizures.  According to scientists, PNES resemble epileptic seizures with symptoms including tossing of the head that can last for about a few minutes. Health experts... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK relaxes health rules to allow cannabis-based medicines
Britain's Home office says doctors will be able to legally prescribe cannabis-based medicines, following criticism over the denial of treatment to severely epileptic children (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

'Billy can live a normal life': families react to medicinal cannabis move
Families of children with epilepsy welcome easing of rules but warn there is work to doCharlotte Caldwell, whose son Billy became the symbol of the campaign to make cannabis-based medicinal products available on prescription, has welcomed Sajid Javid ’s climbdown on the issue because Billy will now be able to live “a normal life”.But while families that have been campaigning for children living with epilepsy to get access to medicinal cannabis have welcomed the news, they warned that there is still work to be done.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 26, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Mattha Busby Tags: Cannabis Epilepsy Drugs Health Society Drugs policy NHS Politics Medical research Science UK news Source Type: news

Medicinal cannabis products to be legalised
It follows high-profile cases involving children with severe epilepsy being denied access to cannabis oil. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical Marijuana for Epilepsy: What We Know Medical Marijuana for Epilepsy: What We Know
Tips for talking to your patients about medical marijuana.Medscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Commentary Source Type: news

Cannabis-based medicines get green light as UK eases rules
Relaxation of laws means doctors will be able to prescribe medicinal cannabisDoctors in the UK can prescribe cannabis-derived medicine after the government announced a relaxation of laws governing access to the substance.Thousands of people with drug-resistant conditions will potentially be able to use cannabis-derived medicinal products for treatment after the home secretary, Sajid Javid, announced they should be placed in schedule 2 of the 2001 Misuse of Drugs Regulations, allowing clinicians to prescribe them by the autumn.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 26, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jamie Grierson Home affairs correspondent Tags: Cannabis Drugs policy Politics Epilepsy Society Doctors Medical research Law NHS Health Science UK news Sajid Javid Source Type: news

It ’s a Full Moon Tonight
It’s an almost universal belief among emergency medical personnel that patient volumes and patient behavior are affected by the phases of the moon. Particularly, many believe that EMS calls, ED visits, childbirth, psychiatric behavior and numerous other things increase during the full moon phase of the lunar cycle. But, is this belief true? Most will recount their personal experience with things that occurred in their life during full moons. However, as with many things, belief does not always translate into reality. For many years, the term “lunacy” was used to describe insanity and mental illness. Someo...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - July 25, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Bryan Bledsoe, DO, FACEP, FAEMS Tags: Patient Care Source Type: news

Modifiable Midlife Risk Factors Linked to Late-Onset Epilepsy
WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2018 -- Potentially modifiable risk factors in midlife are associated with the risk of developing late-onset epilepsy, according to a study published online July 23 in JAMA Neurology. Emily L. Johnson, M.D., from the Johns... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 25, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Modifiable Midlife Risk Factors Linked to Late-Onset Epilepsy Modifiable Midlife Risk Factors Linked to Late-Onset Epilepsy
New research suggests lifestyle modification may lower the risk for later life epilepsy and also implies that amyloid may play a role in the condition.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Studies Unveil Hidden Ties Between Epilepsy Gene and Autism
Scientists are finding patterns in symptoms among a handful of people with mutations in HNRNPU. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - July 24, 2018 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Eight-year-old suffered epileptic seizures after her brain became infected with 100 tapeworm eggs
The unnamed girl, from New Delhi, was initially treated with a high dose of steroids for suspected brain cysts. The medication caused her to balloon from  88lb (40kg) to 132lb (60kg). (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Children ’s wards are too noisy at night
Noise levels exceed WHO recommendations and impact on sleep of children and their parents Related items fromOnMedica Cerebral palsy risk linked to low Apgar Adherence to medicine schedule – low among children with epilepsy Child health should be election priority say experts and public UK lagging behind peers on child health Government launches its Child Health Strategy (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 24, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Late-Onset Epilepsy Tied to APOE Status (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Modifiable vascular, lifestyle risk factors also play a role (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - July 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

How cannabis and cannabis-based drugs harm your brain
(Lancaster University) Long-term use of either cannabis or cannabis-based drugs impairs memory say researchers.The study has implications for both recreational users and people who use the drug to combat epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain.They found that mice exposed to the drug long-term had 'significant ... memory impairments' and could not even discriminate between a familiar and novel object. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How are Malformations of the Cerebral Cortex Grouped?
Discussion Cerebral cortex development is an extremely complex process overall. Our current understanding is incomplete and constantly changing as our understanding of genetics and the processes each gene controls emerges from scientific research. Neural cells are produced in the subventicular zone of the pallial or dorsal germinal epithelium. They then differentiate and migrate radially or tangentially to the cerebral cortex and organize themselves to function. Malformations of cortical development (MCD) is a heterogeneneous group of disorders that cause defective cortical development. These disorders are broadly catego...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - July 23, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Cannabis drug found to reduce risk of seizures by half in people with treatment-resistant epilepsy
(Natural News) A new study found that using cannabis, partnered with anti-epilepsy treatments, helped lower the risk of epileptic seizures of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome patients by almost 50 percent. The study was carried out by a team of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital who looked at the effectiveness and safety of cannabidiol, which is found in marijuana... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Clinical factors could reduce need to assess seizures on CT
Identifying key clinical factors in seizure cases may reduce the need for individuals...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Variation in emergency CT use may be lower than it seems fMRI, PET could help foresee epileptic seizure issues More than one-third of emergency head CTs unnecessary 7T MRI with glutamate uncovers epileptic seizure sites DTI-MRI shows brain changes in temporal lobe epilepsy patients (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 20, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Make cannabis-based medicines legal, say UK drug advisers
Advisory council ’s recommendation may pave way for loosening of lawsDoctors in the UK should be able to prescribe cannabis-derived medicine, the government ’s chief drug advisers have recommended, paving the way for a loosening of the laws governing access to the substance.The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has recommended after a review that cannabis-derived medicinal products should be placed in schedule 2 of the misuse of drugs regulations 2001, allowing them to be prescribed by clinicians.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 19, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jamie Grierson Home affairs correspondent Tags: Cannabis UK news Epilepsy Sajid Javid Drugs Politics Society Drugs policy Science Source Type: news

When should emergency departments order imaging tests for epileptic seizures?
(Wiley) Patients who go to the emergency department (ED) with seizures often undergo neuroimaging, usually CT scans. Such imaging in adults presenting with new onset ('index') seizures leads to a change in care for 9-17 percent of patients, but it's unclear if such changes are made following imaging in the ED for seizures in adults with known seizure disorders ('non-index' seizures). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news