EWCT brings you the latest news on epilepsy-related articles from around the web:
- The brain — the central “control unit” of our bodies, repository of memories and emotions. Throughout history, philosophers have believed that the brain may even house that intangible essence that makes us human: the soul. What should we know about our brains.
- There has been much talk in the media about the use of cannabis products in the treatment of epilepsy. This has generated a lot of interest but also some confusion over the different forms of cannabis that are being discussed, their legality and their safety. I hope the information below will help to clarify the different types of cannabis products and why this is such a complex area. Medicinal cannabis is another treatment option for those with intractable epilepsy but it won’t work for all.
- Who needs medicinal marijuana? As it turns out, more people than you might think. So why is it so hard to access – and so expensive? Three characters with three different medical reasons for wanting to use medicinal marijuana, take us on a journey through the roadblocks and obstacles to obtaining ‘the miracle plant’ in New Zealand. And we meet a trio of savvy entrepreneurs lighting up the business world with their medicinal marijuana start-up Helius.
- The ketogenic diet (KD) appears to be just as effective as corpus callosotomy (CC) and vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) in reducing seizures and improving behavior and quality of life in children with drug-resistant epilepsy, new research shows. Using the ketogenic diet for those adults with epilepsy can be effective as well in many cases. Once again, it is a treatment option but it won’t work for all.