In a study involving 162 children and young adults, investigators at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco found that a purified cannabinoid reduced the number of seizures suffered by patients with severe epilepsy.
Three studies presented at the American Epilepsy Society's 69th Annual meeting demonstrated promising efficacy and safety data for a liquid formulation of a type of cannabinoid known as cannabidiol (CBD). And a fourth study shows the importance of the possible interactions of CBD with existing antiepileptic drugs in a mouse model.
Professor Albert Becker, his team at the University of Bonn and colleagues at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have decoded a signaling pathway central to the onset of an epileptic seizure. And they say their work could point the way to developing new drugs that would prevent seizures.
Researchers nabbed a $6.8 million, 5-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop technology to predict, track and treat epileptic seizures. The grant is part of the ongoing BRAIN (Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative launched by President Obama.
Pennsylvania drugmaker Zynerba Pharmaceuticals is making its way to Wall Street with some cannabis-derived treatments for central nervous system disorders, raising $42 million in an IPO.
The FDA approved Cyberonics' pacemaker-like AspireSR generator to reduce seizures in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. The generator is part of the company's VNS Therapy System.
UCB is hosting a hackathon focused on developing new tools to improve the day-to-day lives of people with epilepsy and their families, PMLiVE reports.
Medtronic has published detailed results for the first time of a 5-year trial for deep brain stimulation therapy in treatment-resistant epilepsy. The device giant has said that it will make another run at an FDA approval for its DBS device in that indication.
Investigators at Scripps Translational Science Institute say they have identified the genetic trigger for a rare and potentially lethal form of epilepsy.
Boston Children's Hospital has unveiled a new magnetoencephalography system that records, measures and maps electrical activity in an infant's brain which could be critical in understanding a number of disorders, including epilepsy.