Why ARE migraines being treated with a drug linked to birth defects?
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... (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Seizure warning for some scenes in "Incredibles 2"
Exposure to bright, flashing lights can trigger seizures ​ in certain people with epilepsy, the Epilepsy Foundation warns (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Disney's 'Incredibles 2' Could Pose Epilepsy Risk
The memo asks theaters showing the movie to flag customers to the scene, USA Today reported. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cannabis oil: cabinet appears divided as Hunt calls for review
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... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 18, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Pippa Crerar and Mattha Busby Tags: Health policy Drugs policy Cannabis Science Politics Jeremy Hunt UK news Northern Ireland Source Type: news

UK signals changes on medicinal cannabis use after epileptic boy's case
LONDON (Reuters) - The British government will look into possible changes to rules on the use of cannabis-based medicines, a minister said on Monday, after an epileptic boy whose medication was confiscated was hospitalized. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

'Incredibles 2': Theaters post warnings due to seizure concerns
Warning signs have been posted in theaters across the United States for fans with photosensitive epilepsy. The animated movie contains scenes of flashing lights. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cannabis oil row: Billy Caldwell discharged from hospital
The 12-year-old is treated in hospital for his severe epilepsy with the oil, which is illegal in the UK. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Theatregoers with epilepsy warned of seizure risk from bright lights in Incredibles 2
Disney is warning theatregoers with epilepsy not to watch their latest summer blockbuster because several scenes in the movie can trigger seizures because of repeating bright flashing lights. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Business Source Type: news

How epileptic Samantha Price has battled odds to become beauty queen
Samantha Price, 30, from Pontypool, Wales, was told her daughter  Mia Crowley, now eight, had a rare form of epilepsy when she was just a few months old. Mia, now eight, is now on medication for condition. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cannabis oil row: Boy discharged from hospital
The 12-year-old is treated in hospital for his severe epilepsy with the oil, which is illegal in the UK. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Britain ’s drug laws are in the dark ages. Billy Caldwell’s case proves it | Simon Jenkins
How can Sajid Javid deny long-term access to the cannabis oil that would control this boy ’s epilepsy? This cruelty must endWhat kind of country gets a politician rather than a doctor to prescribe medicine for a sick child? When the home secretary, Sajid Javid,decided at the weekend to allow 12-year-old Billy Caldwell “one bottle” of cannabis oil, his spokeswoman said it was an exceptional case to meet “a short-term emergency”. The only emergency was to the home secretary’s reputation. Britain is like a banana republic, in which politicians, not judges, decide who goes to jail.Related:Le...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 18, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Simon Jenkins Tags: Cannabis Drugs Science Society Drugs policy Politics Source Type: news

Epileptic boy's case sparks UK review of medical pot laws
British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says Britain must quickly review its policies on medical marijuana use in light of the case of a 12-year-old boy whose mother says he needs cannabis oil to prevent dangerous seizures (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Mother reveals how epileptic daughter has battled odds to become beauty queen
Samantha Price, 30, from Pontypool, Wales, was told her daughter  Mia Crowley, now eight, had a rare form of epilepsy when she was just a few months old. Mia, now eight, is now on medication for condition. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Does'The Incredibles 2' Have To Do With Migraines Or Seizures?
Concerns about some flashy scenes in The Incredibles 2 movie hit social media, and Disney issued a warning for moviegoers with epilepsy. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

MPs call for legalisation of cannabis oil
They say case of epileptic boy Billy Caldwell highlights need for reform Related items fromOnMedica Epilepsy Teen cannabis use linked to substance misuse in adulthood Medical cannabis should be made legal, say MPs Cannabis derivative interferes with antiepileptic drugs Cannabis compound may help curb frequency of epileptic seizures (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Game-changer brain ‘pacemaker’ stops epileptic fits in their tracks
Simukai Shambira , aged nine, from Surrey, has become the first patient in Europe to be fitted with the SenTiva, which uses vagus nerve stimulation to stop epileptic seizures in a first for the NHS. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mother of sick boy seeks legalization of medical marijuana
The mother of an epileptic boy at the center of a debate over medical marijuana in the UK is calling for an urgent meeting with ministers to discuss liberalizing British policy (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Cannabis oil row: Boy has epilepsy medication returned
Twelve-year-old receives oil for "medical emergency" after it was confiscated, home secretary says. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK changes course, allows epileptic boy to use cannabis oil
The British government has changed course over a case concerning the use of cannabis oil, saying an epileptic boy can be treated with it after his mother said he needed it to survive severe seizures (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Cannabis oil row: Epileptic boy has supply returned
Twelve-year-old receives oil for "medical emergency" after it was confiscated, home secretary says. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cannabis oil row: Epileptic boy will have supply returned
Twelve-year-old to get oil for "medical emergency" after it was confiscated, home secretary says. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK changes course, allows cannabis oil for epileptic boy
A British boy whose mother says he needs cannabis oil to prevent severe epileptic seizures is being treated in a London hospital while British officials review the case (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Epileptic boy, 12, will get cannabis oil
Epileptic boy, 12, to get cannabis oil for "medical emergency" after it was confiscated, UK home secretary says. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK authorities release confiscated cannabis after boy hospitalized
LONDON (Reuters) - British authorities have released the medicinal cannabis oil they had confiscated from an epileptic boy who was later hospitalized suffering from seizures, the boy's mother said on Saturday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

British boy hospitalized after medicinal cannabis confiscated
LONDON (Reuters) - An epileptic boy has been hospitalized in London days after the authorities confiscated his cannabis oil medication in a case that has stirred debate about the medicinal use of the illegal drug. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Epileptic boy at center of cannabis oil case in UK hospital
A British boy whose mother says he needs cannabis oil to prevent severe epileptic seizures is being treated in a London hospital while British officials review the case (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Home Office looks at allowing cannabis oil prescription for epileptic boy
Decision comes after Billy Caldwell, 12, was hospitalised due to ‘life-threatening’ seizuresThe Home Office has said it will “carefully consider” allowing a 12-year-old boy to be prescribed cannabis oil after he was admitted to hospital with “life-threatening” seizures following the confiscation of his supply.Billy Caldwell had his anti-epileptic medicineconfiscated at Heathrow airport on Monday. If the decision is made to permit him to have the treatment, it would be the first time that cannabis oil containing THC was legally prescribed in the UK since it was made illegal in 1971.Contin...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 15, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Mattha Busby Tags: Health policy Cannabis Drugs Politics Society UK news Medical research Science Epilepsy NHS Source Type: news

Home Office looks at allowing cannabis oil for boy with epilepsy
Prescriptions consideration comes after Billy Caldwell, 12, has ‘life-threatening’ seizuresThe Home Office has said it will “carefully consider” allowing a 12-year-old boy to be prescribed cannabis oil after he was admitted to hospital with “life-threatening” seizures following the confiscation of his supply.Billy Caldwell had his anti-epileptic medicineconfiscated at Heathrow airport on Monday. If the decision is made to permit him to have the treatment, it would be the first time that cannabis oil containing THC was legally prescribed in the UK since it was made illegal in 1971.Continu...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 15, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Mattha Busby Tags: Health policy Cannabis Drugs Politics Society UK news Medical research Science Epilepsy NHS Source Type: news

New Epilepsy Guidelines Shed Light on Explosion of New Drugs
(MedPage Today) -- Evidence lacking in new-onset disease for latest treatments (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - June 15, 2018 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

Becoming the #1 Partner to Patient Groups
“We don’t partner with patient groups to have a good reputation,” says Amy Nicole Nayar, Head of Global Patient Relations at Abbvie. “If you want to partner with patient groups to improve your reputation, you will miss the mark.” An authentic intention to improve patient outcomes is the key factor to success.  We all want to be patient-centric, says Nayar. “There’s a reason why we all come to this industry,” she says.For her, it ’s personal – she grew up with a brother who had epilepsy and received an innovative treatment. Although it didn’t change...
Source: EyeForPharma - June 15, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jill Donahue Source Type: news

'This is my boy's medicine': a mother's plea for UK to legalise cannabis oil
Charlotte Caldwell says she and her epileptic son Billy are effectively in exile due to ‘horrendous’ drugs policyThe mother of a 12-year-old boy who is being denied the cannabis oil he needs to prevent scores of epileptic seizures every day has criticised the government for effectively forcing them to leave the UK.“No mother should be made to flee the country to keep their child alive,” said Charlotte Caldwell who, with her son Billy, has spent about four of the past 12 years abroad because cannabis oil is illegal in the UK.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 15, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Mattha Busby Tags: Health policy Cannabis Drugs Politics Society UK news Medical research Science Epilepsy NHS Source Type: news

Cochrane Epilepsy seeks PhD Student - Europe
In this PhD, Individual Participant Data will be collected from eligible RCTs of add-on treatment in patients with refractory epilepsy. Statistical issues for the analysis of these trials will be explored and a network meta-analysis undertaken using the most efficient and statistically reliable methods. It is anticipated that the characteristics of trials and their participants will have changed over time due to the changing global nature of epilepsy research, the widening population of available AEDs, and changes in the classification and management of epilepsy. Patients within, and across, trials will also differ in the ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Epilepsy and driving ability and law revision - Takagi S, Matsuura M.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: ja... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Modern alchemists are making chemistry greener
(Princeton University) Modern alchemists are trying to replace precious metals with greener, cheaper alternatives. Princeton Chemistry Professor Paul Chirik and his team have synthesized an epilepsy medication using one-electron oxidation that replaces rhodium and dichloromethane with the much greener cobalt and methanol. " Earth-abundant catalysts [can] not only replace the precious metal ones, but they offer distinct advantages, " said Chirik, including " new chemistry that no one's ever seen before " and " a reduced environmental footprint. " (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Gut bacteria relieve epilepsy
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - June 14, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Alderton, G. Tags: twil Source Type: news

EU Endorses New Measures to Protect Women From Valproate Epilepsy Drug EU Endorses New Measures to Protect Women From Valproate Epilepsy Drug
French regulator ANSM said epilepsy drug valproate would face new restrictions across the European Union to protect pregnant women or of child-bearing age from exposing their babies to possible malformations and developmental problems.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Medtronic wins FDA nod for DBS clinician programmer
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today it won FDA approval for its Deep Brain Stimulation clinician programmer and Activa programming application. The Fridley, Minn.-based medtech giant said that the Activa programming application, which is designed for use with Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablets, is intended to streamline workflows and improve clinician programming for its Activa DBS system. Medtronic said that the programmer will enable upgrades to Activa rechargeable implantable neurostims that will extend their lifespans to 15 years, giving patients an additional six years before they need device replacement. The newly c...
Source: Mass Device - June 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Neurological Neuromodulation/Neurostimulation Regulatory/Compliance Medtronic Source Type: news

Is cannabis oil a medical marvel?
As a young epilepsy sufferer ’s supplies of the drug – which his mother claims stops him having 100 seizures a day – is confiscated at Heathrow, we ask three patients with devastating conditions if the controversial medication should be available on the NHS. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Epilepsy patient married and seizure-free after new treatment at Mayo Clinic
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurologic conditions, affecting about 3 million Americans. Two-thirds of patients get some relief from medications. "But that leaves a third or roughly a million people with epilepsy who, despite taking medicine ? say, twice a day, every day ? continue to have seizures," says Dr. Gregory Worrell, a [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - June 13, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Is cannabis oil a medical marvel? Should the controversial medication be available on NHS?
As a young epilepsy sufferer ’s supplies of the drug – which his mother claims stops him having 100 seizures a day – is confiscated at Heathrow, we ask three patients with devastating conditions if the controversial medication should be available on the NHS. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

EU endorses new measures to protect women from valproate epilepsy drug
PARIS (Reuters) - French regulator ANSM said epilepsy drug valproate would face new restrictions across the European Union to protect pregnant women or of child-bearing age from exposing their babies to possible malformations and developmental problems. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

CBD confirmed to reduce seizures in patients with a severe form of epilepsy
(Natural News) Seizures are not only frightening for those who experience them and those who witness them; they can also be extremely dangerous when sufferers lose consciousness or control and fall down. Unfortunately, doctors have yet to find a way to stop them entirely. However, a new study is giving a lot of people hope... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

French regulator says Sanofi epilepsy drug to be forbidden during pregnancy
PARIS (Reuters) - French regulator ANSM on Tuesday said Sanofi's epilepsy drug valproate should be forbidden during pregnancy and not prescribed to women of child-bearing age. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Electrophysiological biomarkers of epileptogenicity after traumatic brain injury - Perucca P, Smith G, Santana-Gomez C, Bragin A, Staba R.
Post-traumatic epilepsy is the architype of acquired epilepsies, wherein a brain insult initiates an epileptogenic process culminating in an unprovoked seizure after weeks, months or years. Identifying biomarkers of such process is a prerequisite for devel... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Mother's stand-off with British authorities over medicinal cannabis stirs debate
LONDON (Reuters) - The mother of an epileptic boy who journeyed to Canada to buy cannabis-based medication she says is keeping her son alive had her supplies confiscated by British customs officials upon her return on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

British mother pleads for return of seized cannabis oil
A British mother who says her son needs cannabis oil to prevent dangerous epileptic seizures is pleading with British officials to return the supply she recently obtained in Canada (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Psychiatric effects of antiepileptic drugs in adults - Dussaule C, Bouilleret V.
Epileptic and psychiatric diseases share overlaps. Indeed, anxiety and depression are common comorbidities in epilepsy, and patients with psychiatric disease are at risk of epilepsy. Some antiepileptic drugs (AED) have psychiatric side effects; conversely,... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Early seizures and temporal lobe trauma predict post-traumatic epilepsy: a longitudinal study - Tubi MA, Lutkenhoff E, Blanco MB, McArthur D, Villablanca P, Ellingson B, Diaz-Arrastia R, Van Ness P, Real C, Shrestha V, Engel J, Vespa PM, Agoston D, Au A, Bell MJ, Branch C, Buitrago Blanco M, Bullock R, Claassen J, Clarke R, Cloyd J, Coles L, Crawford K, Diaz-Arrastia R, Duncan D, Ellingson B, Engel J, Foreman B, Galanopoulou A, Gilmore E, Olli G, Harris N, Hartings J, Lawrence H, Hunn M, Jett é N, Johnston L, Jones N, Kanner A, McArthur D, Monti M, Morokoff A, Moshe S, Mowrey W, Naughton T, O'Brien T, O'Phelan K, Pitkänen A, Raman R, Robertson C, Rosenthal E, Shultz S, Snutch T, Staba R, Toga A, Van Horn J, Vespa P, Willyerd F, Zimmermann L.
OBJECTIVE: Injury severity after traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a well-established risk factor for the development of post-traumatic epilepsy (PTE). However, whether lesion location influences the susceptibility of seizures and development of PTE longitud... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Pfizer Wins Appeal Against UK Fine for Epilepsy Drug Price Hike Pfizer Wins Appeal Against UK Fine for Epilepsy Drug Price Hike
Pfizer Inc and Flynn Pharma won an appeal on Thursday against fines totalling nearly 90 million pounds ($120 million) imposed in 2016 for ramping up the cost of an epilepsy drug.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

7 medtech stories we missed this week: June 8, 2018
[Image from unsplash.com]From Royal Philips receiving FDA clearance to NeuroPace launching its epilepsy treatment device, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. FDA clears Philips’s Ingenia Elition 3.0T MR scanner Royal Philips announced in a June 5 press release that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Ingenia Elition 3.0T MR solution and its two clinical applications Philips Compressed Sense and 3D APT. The products help clinicians perform exams up to 50% faster while increasing diagnostic confidence and improving patient experience. 2. Pent...
Source: Mass Device - June 8, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: 510(k) Diagnostics Endoscopic / Arthroscopic Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Hospital Care Imaging Implants Neurological Neuromodulation/Neurostimulation Patient Monitoring Regulatory/Compliance branchpointtechnologies Cook Medica Source Type: news