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The Effect of Breastfeeding in Children ...

A new study by Meador et al published  in the November 30, 2010 issue of Neurology (Neurology 75 :(22) reported the cognitive outcomes of breastfed children of women with seizures enrolled in the NEAD study. Among  309 women with epilepsy, 42% of children ( total of 199) were breastfed.. Carbamazepine, lamotrigine, phenytoin and valproate were studied .The children were followed for three years after birth. This study did not demonstrate  any negative effects of breastfeeding during antiepileptic drug therapy on IQ of children who have been exposed to the medication by...
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The Effect of Fetal Antiepileptic Drug E...

Meador et al reported in a study published  in January 11,2011 issue of Brain that children who were exposed to antiepileptic drug un utero had lower  verbal cognitive abilities than nonverbal. This effect was reported to all antiepileptic drugs in the study, including phenytoin, carbamazepine, lamotrigine  and valproate. Use of folate before and during pregnancy showed to improve cognitive outcomes in the offsprings. There was dose related effect with  valproate in verbal and nonverbal abilities and with carbamazepine in verbal  abilities. But still more research...
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Ketogenic Diet

Efficacy of ketogenic diet in severe refractory status epilepticus initiating fever induced refractory epileptic encephalopathy in school age children (FIRES).”  Nabbout et al reported that  ketogenic diet can be a very effective treatment for status epilepticus. All 7 children with this severe form of epilepsy responded very rapidly to the ketogenic diet, usually within a week. Does Ketogenic diet help control of absence epilepsy? Groomes et  reported that 133 children with absence epilepsy were found in the literature who were treated with the diet. 69% did...
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Children with Epilepsy Have Higher-Than-Expected Risk of Death in Adulthood

Children with Epilepsy Have Higher-Than-...

The study by Shinnar et al published in December 23 issue of New England Journal of Medicine reported children with epilepsy have higher death rates in adulthood  than general population.   24% of them died over a 40-year period, a rate that was three times higher than expected in the general population. About 55% of these deaths were found to be related to epilepsy. About half of the children outgrew their seizures and their risk of dying was no higher than expected. The increased risk of death was limited to people who had not been seizure-free for at least five...
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