E-360 Edition 19: In the News

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Laser surgery offers less invasive treatment of medication resistant epilepsy

A Swiss hospital in Lausanne carries out first MRI-guided procedure of its type in Europe. It eliminates the need for open brain surgery. This procedure is not yet available in Australia. Read more

Spider venom contributing to a treatment for epilepsy

A protein found in spider venom could help scientists design an effective medication for the treatment of Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. Read more

Depression improved thanks to VNS

Vagus nerve stimulation has been used as a treatment for epilepsy for over 20 years now. One of the positive side effects of this therapy was that it also reduces the symptoms of depression. Read more

Incredibles 2 re-edited to meet standards for people with photosensitive epilepsy

Disney has re-edited its new Pixar film Incredibles 2 to ensure it passes a test around flashing lights and patterns. Read more

New epilepsy medications have not improved outcomes

Despite the availability of over 15 new drugs, overall seizure control in newly diagnosed patients has not fundamentally changed. Read more

Modified Atkins diet in adults with epilepsy

The modified Atkins diet is an easier alternative to the ketogenic diet and although responses vary, it has shown to reduce seizures in some people. It might worth trying in adult focal epilepsy. Read more

Debate at epilepsy conference addresses opinions on medical cannabis for seizures

At the 12th Asian & Oceanian Epilepsy Congress in July the pros and cons of medical cannabis and cannabis-derived products for epilepsy were debated. The debate drew an audience of more than 400 epilepsy specialists and neurologists. Read more

Why do Australians self-medicate with cannabis?

Australians who use illicit cannabis for medical reasons do so mainly to treat mental health issues, chronic pain, and sleep problems. An anonymous online survey of 1748 people was just prior to the 2016 legislation for frameworks for medicinal cannabis use being passed. Read more