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Cannabis Docs Need Immunity, AMA Says
Despite assurances from the Obama administration that physicians who provide marijuana to patients for therapeutic use in states where that is legal will not face federal prosecution, the AMA is calling for a law. They want an ironclad guarantee these doctors will have legal immunity.
The FDA extended the use of toparimate, an anti-seizure drug, to children as young as 2.
Seizures and other neurological problems traced to pork tapeworms are a new health threat for the US, the CDC reports.
Patients, especially young patients with some of the rarer forms of epilepsy may benefit from taking cannabidiol for their conditions. While based from marijuana plants the medication does not have many of the traits of other forms of medical marijuana.
Withdrawal of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in children is tied to higher IQ post-epilepsy surgery, according to a study published online April 21 in the Annals of Neurology.

Epilepsy is a well known condition both in the medical community and in the general public. Despite that there is still a considerable amount of misinformation that can affect a person's willingness to seek treatment and know what to expect during the process.
Using the new guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Neurology should help doctors and patients understand how best to proceed as more is learned about the affects of first seizures and factors that could contribute to future occurrences.

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