Epilepsy Articles – September 2019

EWCT brings you the latest news on epilepsy-related articles

  1. The ketogenic diet (KD) continues to be an effective, safe, and well tolerated treatment option for infants with intractable epilepsy. Tolerability may be enhanced by using a liquid-based diet in this age group, the role of expressed breast milk in which should be further elaborated. The availability of new diagnostic studies such as genetic testing could promote early and effective use of the KD by identifying patients who might favorably respond to the KD. Future studies with larger patient sample sizes require multi-centre collaboration and would further refine our understanding of which genetic abnormalities and epilepsy syndromes respond best to the ketogenic diet.


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  2. Most children with epilepsy live full, active lives that include school, friends, sports, and other activities. How much epilepsy interrupts a child’s life depends upon the kind of epilepsy, the success of treatment and many other factors.



  3. Epilepsy was frequently documented in ancient times. Throughout the ages, in different parts of the world and in different cultures, epilepsy has been associated with many misconceptions. However, it is not difficult to understand why epilepsy, with its sudden and dramatic seizures, has been so mystifying.


  4. From Epilepsy Action Australia: A new resource has just been launched for those curious about using medicinal cannabis to treat epilepsy!

    If you’ve ever wanted to know exactly how medicinal cannabis works then check out http://www.c4e.com.au/

  5. New results show that a failure or breakdown of the so-called glial cells in the brain underlies the triggering of an epileptic seizure. These results have now been published in Nature Communications. A failure or breakdown of the so-called glial cells in the brain underlies the triggering of an epileptic seizure.


  6. Reflex epilepsy is a puzzling and uncommon condition where specific stimuli trigger seizures. Sometimes the seizures may be brought on by a person’s surrounding or they may be triggered when doing certain activities. Those who suffer from it typically have a normal neurological exam. Triggers may produce a range of outcomes—from simple twitching in some patients to full blown tonic-clonic seizures in others. Any normal, everyday activity may trigger an event.


  7. There is a new condition that is affecting marijuana users at a growing rate, and it’s called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS). CHS causes abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting, and the vomiting can result in dehydration.


  8. For some people, sleep is disturbed not by dreams but by seizures. You can have a seizure with any form of epilepsy while you sleep. But with certain types of epilepsy, seizures only occur during sleep.