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International League Against Epilepsy Updates Epilepsy Classification System

International League Against Epilepsy Updates Epilepsy Classification System

The International League Against Epilepsy has revised its epilepsy classification system in an effort to inform epilepsy research and aid drug development.

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Aptiom Aims for Pediatric Indication for Partial Onset Seizures

Aptiom Aims for Pediatric Indication for Partial Onset Seizures

Sunovion has filed a supplemental NDA with the FDA to expand the indication for Aptiom to pediatric patients with partial onset seizures.

Distinct Phenotype in Dravet Syndrome Helps Outline Treatment

Distinct Phenotype in Dravet Syndrome Helps Outline Treatment

In people with Dravet syndrome, language impairments increase with age, suggesting that early intervention with targeted oral motor therapies may be helpful.

Epilepsy, Seizures Common Among Nursing Home Population

Epilepsy, Seizures Common Among Nursing Home Population

Elderly patients with neurologic comorbidities such as stroke or dementia had an increased risk for epilepsy or seizures.

Vigabatrin Dose Affects Risk for Brain Abnormalities in Infantile Spasms

Vigabatrin Dose Affects Risk for Brain Abnormalities in Infantile Spasms

There is as much as a 32% risk for vigabatrin-associated brain abnormalities in patients with infantile spasms.

Unintended Pregnancy in Epilepsy May Be Linked to Contraceptive, AED Combo

Unintended Pregnancy in Epilepsy May Be Linked to Contraceptive, AED Combo

Patients taking enzyme-inducing antiepileptic drugs and hormonal contraceptives face a greater risk of unintended pregnancy.

Modified Atkins Diet May Reduce Seizure Frequency in Doose Syndrome

Modified Atkins Diet May Reduce Seizure Frequency in Doose Syndrome

Participants reported improved adherence to a modified Atkins diet compared with the popular but restrictive ketogenic diet.

Cortical Excitability Tied to Duration and Degree of Seizure Control

Cortical Excitability Tied to Duration and Degree of Seizure Control

This study identified a feature of the epileptic brain that evolves slowly and differs fundamentally in well-controlled and poorly controlled epilepsy.

Autoimmune Etiology Suggested for Subset of Epilepsy Diagnoses

Autoimmune Etiology Suggested for Subset of Epilepsy Diagnoses

A subset of epilepsy cases of unknown etiology may be secondary to the production of autoantibodies.

Epilepsy Treatment Often Delayed in Older Adults

Epilepsy Treatment Often Delayed in Older Adults

Despite recommendations, many patients in the cohort were prescribed older antiepileptic drugs.

Epilepsy Education Group Helps Patients Cope With Isolation, Anger

Epilepsy Education Group Helps Patients Cope With Isolation, Anger

Patients who participated in a group course with other people with epilepsy felt less isolated and more confident.

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