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Posttraumatic Epilepsy: Understanding Risk, Severity, and Outcomes

Posttraumatic Epilepsy: Understanding Risk, Severity, and Outcomes

Risk for mortality in posttraumatic epilepsy is high, and negative outcomes affecting cognitive, affective, and physical function are common.

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Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Uncommon in Treatment-Refractory Epilepsy

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Uncommon in Treatment-Refractory Epilepsy

While epilepsy-related head trauma was common, 9 of 10 patients displayed no evidence of CTE.

FDA Approves Smart Watch for Epilepsy Management

FDA Approves Smart Watch for Epilepsy Management

The FDA has cleared the Embrace smart watch for managing epilepsy.

Cannabidiol Reduces Drop Seizures in Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome

Cannabidiol Reduces Drop Seizures in Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome

Add-on cannabidiol is associated with reduced monthy drop seizure frequency in patients with Lennox-Gastaut sydrome associated drop seizures.

Focal Epilepsy Linked to Increased Risk for Mood Disorders

Focal Epilepsy Linked to Increased Risk for Mood Disorders

Clinicians should evaluate their patients, especially patients with focal epilepsy, for mood disorders.

High Doses of Topiramate for Epilepsy in Pregnancy Increase Risks for Oral Clefts in Offspring

High Doses of Topiramate for Epilepsy in Pregnancy Increase Risks for Oral Clefts in Offspring

Women receiving topiramate for epilepsy were exposed to high cumulative doses, increasing the risk for oral clefts in offspring.

Seizure Control Diminishes With Subsequent Antiepileptic Drug Therapy

Seizure Control Diminishes With Subsequent Antiepileptic Drug Therapy

Patients with tough-to-treat seizures may require nonpharmacologic treatment such as resective surgery.

More Than One-Third of New Cases of Epilepsy Are Treatment Refractory

More Than One-Third of New Cases of Epilepsy Are Treatment Refractory

Over one-third of patients with newly diagnosed epilepsy do not respond to antiepileptic drug treatment.

Treating Levetiracetam-Induced Behavioral Effects With Vitamin B6

Treating Levetiracetam-Induced Behavioral Effects With Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 was found to effectively treat the behavioral adverse effects seen with levetiracetam.

Myoclonus Reported With Gabapentin, Pregabalin Use

Myoclonus Reported With Gabapentin, Pregabalin Use

Research has found that gabapentin and pregabalin induced myoclonus is often seen but is rarely documented.

Evaluating Antiepileptic Drug Safety in Elderly Patients

Evaluating Antiepileptic Drug Safety in Elderly Patients

Lamotrigine and levetiracetam are just as effective as other AEDs, and are better tolerated as well.

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