E-360 Edition 18: In the News

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Gut bacteria play key role in anti-seizure effects of ketogenic diet

Scientists have identified specific gut bacteria that play an essential role in the anti-seizure effects of the ketogenic diet. The study is the first to establish a causal link between seizure susceptibility and the gut microbiota — the 100-trillion-or-so bacteria and other microbes that reside in our intestines. Read more

Prediction method for epileptic seizures developed

System designed to use data from non-surgical devices powered by AI and machine learning. Read more

Prescription drug, Epidiolex, made from cannabis, approved in the US.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the medication Epidiolex, to treat two rare forms of epilepsy that begin in childhood. The strawberry-flavoured syrup is a purified form of a compound (CBD) found in the cannabis plant. Read more 

Does epilepsy surgery offer long term benefits?

Epilepsy surgery has been used for many years to treat epilepsy that does not respond to medication but little is known about its long-term success. Read more

Epilepsy and autism link

Early life epileptic seizures have been linked to autism and other disorders, but precisely why this relationship exists is not entirely clear. Read more

Funding cuts affecting epilepsy families

When the National Disability Insurance Agency cut 18-year-old Josh Grey’s existing support plan earlier this year, his family was driven to desperation. Read more

Ella Gray has suffered seizures for nearly all eight years of her life. Read more