Epilepsy Articles August 2020

EWCT brings you the latest news on epilepsy-related articles

  1. Two international epilepsy organisations (the IBE and ILAE) share a joint statement on epilepsy and racism.

  2. As scientists began to unlock the secrets of the brain, terminology for seizures changed over time. In 2017, the International League Against Epilepsy released its newest classifications of epileptic seizure types. These divide epileptic seizures into categories based on how much of the brain they affect, how they alter a person’s awareness, and whether they produce motor or nonmotor symptoms.

  3. While some antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) may be used to treat either focal or generalized seizures, other treatments are specifically effective in treating focal seizures. Treatment options depend on the exact epilepsy diagnosis, seizure type, and location of the seizure focus in the brain. With focal onset seizures, the seizure focus can sometimes be pinpointed as precisely as a single nerve network.

  4. More frequent seizures during the menstrual cycle in women with genetic generalized epilepsy have been linked for the first time to drug-resistant epilepsy, when anti-seizure medications don’t work, according to a Rutgers coauthored study that may help lead to tailored treatments.