For those currently suffering from the neurological condition epilepsy, new information is pointing to new and exciting treatments for the condition that may help remove patient need for potentially harmful prescription drugs like Topamax.
Researchers at Wayne State University (WSU) have been holding a Biology of Epilepsy Project during the past few months. That project has provided scientists with three studies that might be able to lead to different treatments for epileptic seizures. For the time being, it appears as though these new treatments may be able to do more than just treat epilepsy; they may also be able to treat people with behavioral disorders as well.
The project was led by Jeffrey Loeb, associate director of the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics and professor of neurology, along with various other researchers. Most experts don’t think that this type of in-depth research into epilepsy has been conducted before. This study looked at how to provide better healthcare for epileptics and how to better diagnose the condition.
“Higher density of synapses may explain how abnormal epileptic discharges, or spikes, are formed and in what layer,” Loeb explained. “Whereas animals that developed epileptic spiking became hyperactive, those treated with the drug and had less spiking in their brains were more like normal animals. Now whenever we screen for drugs for epilepsy, we look at behavior as well as epileptic activity.”
Epilepsy exists in millions of people worldwide and is treated with various prescription medications. One of those prescription medications is the anti-seizure drug Topamax. Topamax has been proven to cause birth defects in babies whose mothers take the drugs while pregnant. Some of those birth defects include PPHN, spina bifida, oral clefts and neural tube defects. Experts now believe that in diagnosing epilepsy in a faster non-invasive way, better ways of treating the condition can be developed.
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