Important advances in epilepsy and seizure management

EpilepsyA report on long-term outcomes in patients treated with a newly approved electrical therapy for refractory seizures is among the highlights at this year’s American Epilepsy Society annual meeting here.

Also on tap: studies of a new form of laser surgery for seizure ablation, a wearable seizure detector, and a device for home monitoring of anti-epileptic drug blood levels, said Kimford Meador, MD, of Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., the organization’s scientific program committee chairman.

Another study, led by Meador himself, examines whether children of mothers taking the epilepsy drug valproate while breastfeeding suffered adverse consequences at age 6 as a result. (Answer: it was definitely not harmful and may have been beneficial.)

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