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Trial finds cannabidiol may successfully reduce number of convulsive seizures in children and young adults with Dravet syndrome

25 May 2017

A new study has found that cannabidiol could be an effective treatment for people with Dravet syndrome.

Cannabidiol comes from the cannabis plant. It does not contain the part of cannabis that gives a ‘high’ – the psychoactive part.

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health starts next Epilepsy12 audit into children’s epilepsy services

16 May 2017

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) is starting a new review into how effective children’s epilepsy services are. This is known as the Epilepsy12 audit and this is the third review of this kind.

Why vertical stripes might trigger seizures in photosensitive epilepsy

16 May 2017

Scientists believe that they have found out why some still images can trigger seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy.

It is well known that flashing images can trigger a seizure in people with photosensitive epilepsy. However, some still images can have the same effect and the reason why is still poorly understood.

Reminder that retigabine (Trobalt) will be discontinued in June 2017

16 May 2017

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is permanently discontinuing retigabine (Trobalt) from June 2017. It will no longer be available after June.