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8 New Epilepsy Genes Discoverered by Researchers

Quote: “A recent study by Michaud examining 200 children with epileptic encephalopathy – epilepsy combined with intellectual or overall developmental disability – and their parents could lead to the development of a more rational anti-epileptic treatment strategy.” Approximately 30 per cent of patients with epilepsy do not respond to anti-epileptic drugs. In these cases, all neurologists can do is attempt to find the right combination of medication through trial and error. A treatment that could […]

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Transitions: Moving from pediatric care to adult care can be tricky. Here are eight questions to ask your doctor to facilitate the process.

American Academy of Neurology Kritz, Fran Neurology Now . 13(5):10–11, October/November 2017. Many neurologic diseases, such as epilepsy, spinal muscular atrophy, muscular dystrophy, or Down syndrome, begin in childhood when patients are seen by pediatric neurologists. What happens when these patients age into adulthood? Do they stay  “with their pediatric specialist or switch to a neurologist who treats adults or both children and adults? The accepted wisdom is to transition to doctors who treat adults, […]

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Transitioning To Adult Neurologic Care: Where Do We Go From Here?

BY DAVID ERVIN, JOAN EARLE HAHN AND MIYA ASATO, MD For many individuals with IDD, epilepsy often begins in childhood and has a significant impact on children and families. As children with epilepsy and IDD reach adulthood, while principles have been developed by consensus to guide the child neurologist, no specialized guidelines have been created for the adult neurologist that speak to the unique transition of care needs necessary for successful transition from pediatric to […]

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Don’t Ask Taxpayers to Support Children with Disabilities

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON) AND MATTHEW COOKE, DDS, MD, MPH “Don’t ask taxpayers to support disabled children: When I was 10 years old, I chose to be child-free because I knew that I would not make a good parent, and at 38 I’m still content with my choice… Parenthood is a choice, not a divine right, and all […]

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GW Pharmaceuticals Announces Positive Results from Phase 3 Cannabidiol Trial

GW Pharmaceuticals has announced positive results from the first of two Phase 3 studies of Epidiolex® (cannabidiol or CBD) in the treatment of Dravet syndrome. Median seizure reduction was 39% with Epidiolex versus only 13% with placebo, a scientifically significant finding. In addition, the side-effect profile was acceptable for an anti-epileptic drug and secondary endpoints were supportive of a robust treatment effect. “This is a very important day for the epilepsy community and families struggling […]

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Marijuana-Based Drug Found to Reduce Epileptic Seizures

SOURCE THE NEW YORK TIMES By ANDREW POLLACK An experimental drug derived from marijuana has succeeded in reducing epileptic seizures in its first major clinical trial, the product’s developer announced on Monday, a finding that could lend credence to the medical marijuana movement. The developer, GW Pharmaceuticals, said the drug, Epidiolex, achieved the main goal of the trial, reducing convulsive seizures when compared with a placebo in patients with Dravet syndrome, a rare form of […]

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Mind-controlled prosthetic arm moves individual ‘fingers’

Physicians and biomedical engineers from Johns Hopkins report what they believe is the first successful effort to wiggle fingers individually and independently of each other using a mind-controlled artificial “arm” to control the movement. The proof-of-concept feat, described online in the Journal of Neural Engineering, represents a potential advance in technologies to restore refined hand function to those who have lost arms to injury or disease, the researchers say. The young man on whom the […]

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New Guideline for Treatment of Prolonged Seizures in Children and Adults

CHICAGO, February 9, 2016 – Status epilepticus – continuous or rapid sequential seizure activity for 30 minutes or more – is a medical emergency with a high mortality rate in both children and adults. Prompt and effective treatment is key; therefore the American Epilepsy Society (AES) has released a new guideline to help physicians, hospitals, and health systems treat patients effectively. The guideline is published in the January/February issue of Epilepsy Currents, the AES journal. […]

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New Jersey first state to enact ABLE in 2016

Trenton, NJ−Governor Chris Christie has signed ABLE legislation that will allow families the opportunity to set up tax-free 529A savings accounts for disability-related expenses. The bill received unanimous support in votes in both chambers. The legislation was sponsored by Senate President Stephen, Senator Dawn Addiego and Assemblymembers Pamela Lampitt, Louis Greenwald, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel Benson and Vincent Mazzeo. The New Jersey ABLE legislation follows upon enactment by the federal government of the Stephen Beck, Jr., […]

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Antiepileptic Drugs (AED’S) Used In Those With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities: For Better Or Worse? Part 3

EPILEPSY & SEIZURES SERIES • PART THREE BY BY SETH M. KELLER, MD How does one differentiate between all of these medications and choose which is best? How does the availability of generic AED’s impact upon these choices? How is an individual with IDD affected by AED’s? Adults and children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) commonly have a number of chronic health conditions which can affect their quality of life and activities of daily […]