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Depression may increase the risk of epilepsy

Epilepsy and depression could share a common mechanism, research suggests. For more: http://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/depressive-disorder/severe-depression-associated-with-epilepsy-risk/article/680042/

Genetic testing for newborns with epilepsy

Most newborns with epilepsy would benefit from genetic testing, because the majority of cases are linked to identifiable genetic causes, which can then help with treatment. For more: http://healthmedicinet.com/study-most-newborns-with-epilepsy-benefit-from-genetic-testing/

Neuroscientists develop new forms of diagnosis and therapy for temporal lobe epilepsy

Temporal lobe epilepsy affects millions of people worldwide. In many cases seizures are resistant to medication. A team of scientists has discovered biomarkers that – if used for screening – could massively improve treatment options for epilepsy. For more:  https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-08-neuroscientists-diagnosis-therapy-temporal-lobe.html

Medicinal cannabis update:

For more on patient access in South Australia go to http://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/health+topics/health+conditions+prevention+and+treatment/medicines/medicinal+cannabis/medicinal+cannabis+patient+access+in+south+australia

Tasmanians will have access from 1st September

Tasmanians will have access to medicinal cannabis when the state government’s Controlled Access Scheme starts on September 1st. Medical specialists will be able to prescribe medical cannabis products for patient and the government will subsidise the product for patients through hospital pharmacies across the state.  For more on the controlled access scheme: http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/psbtas/publications/medical_cannabis/medical_cannabis_controlled_access_scheme

Cannabidiol may affect some antiepileptic drugs

A new study suggests cannabidiol affects blood levels of a number of antiepileptic drugs, particularly clobazam.  For more: http://gephardtdaily.com/health/study-pot-compound-may-affect-other-medications-for-epilepsy-patients/

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