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August 15, 2019

Irish Researchers Integrate Epilepsy Genomics into Electronic Health Records

The improved access to genomic data will allow clinical teams to understand the causes of a patient’s epilepsy and develop personalized care.

August 14, 2019

Study Highlights the Need for Development of Personalized Self-Management Skills for People with Epilepsy from Underserved Populations

This study identifies the unique epilepsy self-management needs of people with epilepsy from underserved populations.

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August 12, 2019

Reducing Risks for Pregnant Women with Epilepsy: A Qualitative Study Exploring Experiences of Using a Toolkit at the Prenatal Booking Appointment

This small study demonstrated the 'toolkits' potential as a method of increasing knowledge about epilepsy and risk management.

August 9, 2019

Focal Epilepsy Associated With Acceleration in Progressive Cortical Thinning

Focal epilepsy may accelerate widespread progressive cortical thinning to a greater degree than that observed in normal aging.

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August 9, 2019

Seizures Associated With Cardiac Disease: What Role Does Genetics Play?

Mutations of a gene implicated in long QT syndrome in humans may trigger seizures because of their direct effects on certain classes of neurons in the brain.

August 8, 2019

Therapy That Targets Underlying Cause of Dravet Syndrome Gets Orphan Drug Status

The FDA has granted Orphan Drug designation to STK-001 (Stoke Therapeutics) for the treatment of Dravet syndrome.

August 8, 2019

NICE (UK) Will Not Recommend Medical Cannabis for Epilepsy and Chronic Pain

The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said it is currently unable to recommend cannabis-based medical products for severe treatment-resistant epilepsy.

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August 7, 2019

Aging May Reduce Risk for New-Onset Epilepsy and Refractory Epilepsy Following Stroke

Epilepsy and refractory epilepsy is less likely to be associated with stroke in older adult survivors and more likely to be associated with younger age and other factors, according to a recent study published in Neurology.

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August 7, 2019

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Opens First Wireless Epilepsy Monitoring Unit in Michigan

The unit allows children and their families to play and interact normally while advanced testing takes place.

August 7, 2019

Repeated, Intermittent, Acute Treatment of Seizure Clusters with Midazolam Nasal Spray Well-Tolerated

Repeated, intermittent, acute treatment of patients experiencing seizure clusters with midazolam nasal spray in the outpatient setting was well tolerated over an extended period, with maintenance of efficacy suggesting lack of development of tolerance.

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August 6, 2019

Multiple Sclerosis Increases Risk for Seizures and Epileptic Activity

Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) have a higher risk of developing seizures compared with the general population, according to study results published in Frontiers in Neurology. Patients with MS and comorbid seizures or epilepsy presenting to a neurology department in at one hospital in Germany between 2003 and 2015 were identified (n=22; mean age, 48.5±15.2 years [range, 18 to 76 years]). Epilepsy was defined using the International League Against Epilepsy 2017 criteria. The study relied on electronic and non-electronic medical record data for retrospective review.

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August 6, 2019

Epilepsy Patients May Live Longer with Specialist Care: U of C Study

Patients who saw epilepsy specialists were 51% less likely to die during the study than patients who saw non-neurologists. And patients who saw general neurologists were 15% less likely to die.

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