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Study finds superior drug combo for difficult-to-control epilepsy
Published on December 15, 2011

A combination of two common drugs, lamotrigine and valproate, is more effective in treating difficult-to control epilepsy than other anti-epileptic regimens, according to a University of Washington report to be published online this week inNeurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Read more…

Research Documents Seizure Trends in Women with Catamenial Epilepsy
Published on December 5, 2011

Newswise — Baltimore, December 3 – In women of childbearing age with epilepsy, seizure exacerbation may occur either at the time of menstruation or ovulation. Investigators in a specialized epilepsy center have analyzed the data on a group of patients with seizures associated with their menstrual cycles (catamenial seizures) for type of epilepsy, seizure frequency, [...]

Novel Approach Reveals Potential Mechanism Underlying Dravet Syndrome
Published on December 5, 2011

Newswise — Baltimore, December 3 – Scientists investigating the fundamental cause of Dravet syndrome, a severe childhood epilepsy, have reprogrammed fibroblasts, a type of skin cell, from Dravet patients and generated patient-specific neurons. Further study revealed that these patient-derived neurons showed increased excitability, abnormal neuronal behavior that can produce seizures. Read more…

EFGC’s Studio E artwork on display at American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting
Published on December 2, 2011

BALTIMORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Lundbeck announced its Studio E: The Epilepsy Art Therapy Program will be made available in 21 cities next year through partnerships with local Epilepsy Foundation affiliates across the country. Earlier this year, Studio E was launched to offer group art therapy sessions as an outlet of expression for people with epilepsy. In celebration of artwork created during [...]

Vascular risk linked to long-term antiepileptic drug therapy
Published on November 15, 2011

New research reveals that patients with epilepsy who were treated for extended periods with older generation antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) may be at increased risk for developing atherosclerosis, a common disorder known as hardening of the arteries. According to the findings now available in Epilepsia, the journal of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), the vascular risk [...]