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Physicians are often tasked with explaining vaccination safety to concerned parents. Parental fears that routine vaccines can trigger neurological diseases have led to decreasing vaccination rates in some countries and subsequent outbreaks of preventable illnesses. A team of Dutch researchers has debunked the idea that vaccination can cause severe epilepsy
For patients with drug-resistant epilepsy, low-dose fish oil can reduce seizures compared with placebo, according to a study published online Sept. 8 in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.
The US Food and Drug Administration considers medical marijuana use an untested alternative therapy. But with marijuana sales now legal in Colorado, a Denver research team led by Edward Maa, MD is recruiting patients for a scientific study involving the plant. Maa and colleagues will conduct an observational study to evaluate a marijuana compound’s efficacy in treating Dravet Syndrome.
The reduction of tau proteins can halt the development of Dravet syndrome, a form of childhood epilepsy, according to research in modified mice.
As a part of the Choosing Wisely campaign, 6 organizations representing surgeons have contributed lists of tests and procedures that can be unnecessary and a waste of money.
Although variouis contraceptives are available for women whose baseline health is good, women who have chronic medical conditions have unique concerns.
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