Children’s brains reorganize after epilepsy surgery to retain visual perception

NIH-funded study shows that in children, the brain can compensate for missing regions of the visual cortex. Children can keep full visual perception — the ability to process and understand visual information — after brain surgery for severe epilepsy, according to a study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health. While brain surgery can halt seizures, it carries significant risks, including an impairment in visual perception. However, a […]

How ABLE Accounts Support Special-Needs Children and Their Families

BY Dawn Doebler, MBA, CPA, CFP®, CDFA®, Senior Wealth Advisor ABLE accounts are an important planning tool alongside more-traditional techniques such as special-needs trusts. One financial challenge that many families with special-needs children confront is funding the ever-growing expenses that their child may need over their lifetime. With additional costs of important medical and support care often reaching over $100,000 per year for a special-needs child, many families look to special government programs to fill […]

Ketogenic Diet for Kids with Epilepsy

The ketogenic diet may be a treatment option for kids with epilepsy who are not successfully treated with medication or are not candidates for surgery. This is a very high-fat diet that has been used for almost 100 years to treat epilepsy. Approximately two-thirds of children have a greater than 50 percent reduction in seizures, and up to 25 percent can become seizure free. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Dietary Treatment Program takes a team […]

Epilepsy Seizure Medications

Seizure medications are usually the first treatment option to help control seizures in children with epilepsy. Learn more about the different medications. There are many types of medications used to treat seizures and epilepsy. Medications are selected based on the type of seizure, age of the child, side effects, the cost of the medication, and the adherence with the use of the medication. Medications used at home are usually taken by mouth (as capsules, tablets, […]

Looking for Answers to Epilepsy in a Blood Test

by Dr. Francis Collins Millions of people take medications each day for epilepsy, a diverse group of disorders characterized by seizures. But, for about a third of people with epilepsy, current drug treatments don’t work very well. What’s more, the medications are designed to treat symptoms of these disorders, basically by suppressing seizure activity. The medications don’t really change the underlying causes, which are wired deep within the brain. Gemma Carvill, a researcher at Northwestern […]

Epilepsy and Seizures

Types of Seizures Epilepsy is a disorder of the brain. People are diagnosed with epilepsy when they have had two or more seizures. There are many types of seizures. A person with epilepsy can have more than one type of seizure. The signs of a seizure depend on the type of seizure. Sometimes it is hard to tell when a person is having a seizure. A person having a seizure may seem confused or look like […]

Epilepsy in Schools

Provide Your School with the Right Tools to Manage Epilepsy Nationwide, about 470,000 children have epilepsy. For many children, epilepsy is easily controlled with medicine. These children can do what other kids can do, and perform as well in school. For others, it can be more challenging. Learn what you can do to help your school better support children with epilepsy. Learn How Schools in Your Community Address Epilepsy CDC works with state and local education […]

A support program for parents of teens who have epilepsy

You Are Not Alone Parent Toolkit A support program for parents of teens who have epilepsy Support programs can help Parents know that growing up is tough for any teen. But a teen with epilepsy may have more anxiety and confusion. When other people like teachers and other teens don’t understand epilepsy, they might treat that person differently. This can make the teen feel like they are alone. Parents play an important role in preventing […]

5 Things You Should Know About Epilepsy

Epilepsy is common, but how much do you know about it? Get the facts about this condition! Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes repeated seizures. There are many different types of epilepsy and many different kinds of seizures. Epilepsy can get in the way of life, mostly when seizures keep happening. To control their seizures, people with epilepsy may take medicine, have surgery, or follow a special diet. Here’s what you need to know: […]

In the developing brain, scientists find roots of neuropsychiatric diseases

By Bill Hathaway The most comprehensive genomic analysis of the human brain ever undertaken has revealed new insights into the changes it undergoes through development, how it varies among individuals, and the roots of neuropsychiatric illnesses such as autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia. The multi-institutional analysis of almost 2,000 brains integrates the complex choreography of brain development and function and was published Dec. 14 in 11 studies appearing in a special edition of the journal […]