Innovations In Clinical Neuroscience

Current Trends in Epilepsy 2015

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Current Trends in Epilepsy Management [December 2015] 11 News & Trends Latest news updates in breast cancer research DOCTORS SOUND ALARM OVER HOW CAUSE OF EPILEPSY DEATHS ARE REPORTED The risk of death caused by epilepsy could be lowered substantially if patients and the general public understood the risks of epilepsy, which can masquerade as heart disease, obesity and addiction, according to an opinion paper published in the journal Neurology by researchers at the NYU Langone Medical Center. For more information, visit https://www.yahoo.com/health/doct ors-sound-alarm-over-how-cause-of- epilepsy-143858498.html * EPILEPSY MARKET IN THE US 2015–2019 EXPECTED TO GROW 4.85% BY 2019 This report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the epilepsy market in the US for the period 2015–2019. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated through the sales of anti-epileptic drugs approved in the US to treat the symptoms of epilepsy. For more information, visit http://www.businesswire.com/news/ home/20151217005708/en/Research -Markets-Epilepsy-Market-2015- 2019---Expected * MARIJUANA EXTRACT SLASHES PEDIATRIC SEIZURES, LANDMARK STUDY CONFIRMS A batch of studies further confirms medical cannabis patients are right to try cannabidiol-rich marijuana products to treat intractable seizure disorders. Sixteen clinics in the U.S. are giving a marijuana extract rich in the molecule cannabidiol (called Epidiolex) to a total of 261 people—mostly children with incurable epilepsy. For more information, visit http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth /2015/12/15/marijuana-extract- slashes-pediatric-seizures- landmark-study-confirms/ * COMPUTER SIMULATION PREDICTS TARGETS FOR EPILEPSY SURGERY Researchers at Newcastle University in England have developed a simulator that may help overcome high failure rate of surgery for severe cases of epilepsy. The software uses patient MRI scans to create a model that it can manipulate. For more information, visit http://www.medgadget.com/2015/12 /computer-simulation-predicts- targets-epilepsy-surgery.html * BRIEF COGNITIVE SCREENING USEFUL IN CHILDREN WITH EPILEPSY A quick, portable, and easy-to- administer computerized cognitive screen used for children soon after an epilepsy diagnosis and again within the first year after starting medication is informative and feasible in the clinic setting, new research suggests. F or more information, visit http://www.medscape.com/viewartic le/855854 * EPILEPSY MAY UP RISK OF COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT IN KIDS Children with epilepsy face a number of challenges, including an increased risk of cognitive impairment, according to three studies presented at this year's AES in Philadelphia. To explore how cognitive milestones develop in children with epilepsy compared with their healthy peers, one study turned to techniques from a branch of mathematics known as graph theory. A second study revealed changes in white matter that may help explain the cognitive impairment experienced by children with early-onset epilepsy. The third study demonstrates how a brief computerized screening strategy can be used to detect cognitive changes in children with epilepsy. For more information, visit http://psychcentral.com/news/2015/ 12/06/epilepsy-linked-increased- risk-cognitive-impairment-in- children/95769.html * DOCTORS URGE RECONSIDERATION OF SURGERY FOR EPILEPTIC CHILDREN Doctors have traditionally relied on medication to treat epilepsy, viewing surgery as a last resort. But now there is strong evidence that the longer children endure seizures, the more likely they are to experience developmental delays or even regress. Epilepsy specialists N e w s & Tr e n d s E x p l o r i n g E p i l e p s y i n t h e M e d i a C lick * a t the end of each summary to access the full news item onilne.

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