Uncontrolled epilepsy often requires a series of trials and errors to identify effective drug combinations. Continuous, long-term EEG data could streamline this process by revealing the full picture of a patient's seizure activity. Three new personal monitoring devices offer technology that could allow patients to monitor clinical and subclinical seizure activity in the everyday home environment with warning before a seizure strikes.
New findings reveal the interplay between epilepsy and aging The largest and fastest growing segment of people with epilepsy are those over 60. People with epilepsy face a number of related health challenges, including cognitive, physical and psychological disorders. and Other, less expected consequences on the aging process. Four studies g explore the effects of epilepsy on the brain, providing insights that shed light on the long-term implications of life with epilepsy.
Pharmaceutical CBD (cannabidiol) shows promise for children with severe epilepsy Around the globe there is high interest in the use of cannabidiol, for the treatment of people with epilepsy, especially children who have treatment-resistant forms of the disorder. Three studies highlight emerging efficacy and safety data of Epidiolex, a pharmaceutical liquid formulation of cannabidiol. A fourth study highlights possible interactions of CBD with existing anti-epileptic drugs in animal models of seizures.Unraveling the genetic basis of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy The leading cause of epilepsy-related death is a poorly understood phenomenon known as sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). The risk factors and causes of SUDEP remain unclear but researchers have proposed explanations ranging from irregular heart rhythm to genetic predisposition to accidental suffocation during sleep