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BJOG Release: Anti-epileptic Drugs Can Increase Pregnancy Complications Says New Study

By Medical News Today — From medicalnewstoday.com

— Pregnant women with epilepsy who are taking anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) have an increased risk of pregnancy complications, caesarean section and major malformations of the newborn, finds new research published today in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Epilepsy is a common neurological condition…

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almost 7 years

Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy Linked to Autism

By Kathleen Doheny — From webmd.com

— Epilepsy that is difficult to treat may be more common in those with autism than previously believed, new research suggests.
"In general, we knew prior to this study that people with autism have significantly elevated rates of epilepsy," says researcher Orrin Devinsky, MD, professor of neurology, neurosurgery…

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almost 7 years

Topamax (topiramate): Recall - Musty Odor

From drugs.com

Ortho-McNeil Neurologics Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is recalling two lots of Topamax (topiramate) 100mg Tablets. The recall stems from four consumer reports of an uncharacteristic odor thought to be caused by trace amounts of TBA (2,4,6 tribromoanisole). While not considered to be toxic, TBA can generate an offensive odor…

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about 7 years

Mayo Clinic Researchers Find Cardiac Pacing Helps Epilepsy Patients with Ictal Asystole

By Mayo Clinic — From mayoclinic.org

— Mayo Clinic researchers have found that cardiac pacing may help epilepsy patients with seizure-related falls due to ictal asystole, an unusual condition in which the heart stops beating during an epileptic seizure. The study was recently published in the journal Epilepsia.
"During seizures, a patient's heart rate…

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about 7 years

Having Both Autism and Epilepsy Linked to Raised Death Rates

By Healthday — From businessweek.com

— People with both autism and epilepsy have a much higher death rate than those with autism alone, a new study finds.
Researchers examined brain tissue donated to the Autism Speaks Autism Tissue Program, and found that 39 percent of the donors with autism also had epilepsy, which is…

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almost 7 years

Following the Trail of Cell Death in Patients with Epilepsy

From rutgers.edu

Scientists have known for years that seizures in patients with epilepsy cause progressive cell death in the brain. What they did not know was why this was happening.
That may change with a new line of research led by Professor Wilma Friedman of the Department of Biological Sciences at Rutgers University…

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almost 7 years

Epilepsy by the numbers

By Jessica Keenan Smith — From disaboom.com

— According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), “Epilepsy is a brain disorder in which clusters of nerve cells, or neurons, in the brain sometimes signal abnormally.” This means that when those clusters of nerve cells in the brain signal in a…

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about 7 years

New Birth Defect Warning for Topamax

By Jennifer Warner — From webmd.com

— March 4, 2011 — Taking the epilepsy drug topiramate (Topamax) during pregnancy raises the risk of oral cleft birth defects such as cleft lip and cleft palate, according to a new warning issued by the FDA.
New drug registry data show that the risk of oral birth…

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about 7 years

SmartWatch Could Serve as 'Seismograph' for Seizure Detection

By Mike Martin TechNewsWorld — From technewsworld.com

— Although it is still in the testing stage, the SmartWatch could eventually play an important role in the care of patients with epilepsy. The device can't predict or prevent seizures, but it can alert caregivers when one is taking place. It could be particularly…

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about 7 years