American Epilepsy Society 2014 Annual Meeting
The 2014 AES annual meeting will feature more than 5,000 of the worldâ€™s leading epilepsy professionals and â€œsymposia, lectures, scientific exhibitions, poster and platform presentations, the AES meeting will identify new trends and cutting-edge research that will move the field of epilepsy forward for years to come.â€
The potential uses of cannabis in treating epilepsy have gotten a lot of press but so far little scientific research. Three studies presented today at the American Epilepsy Society's meeting in Seattle represent an attempt to fill that gap. Their authors report on the use of marijuana and its derivative cannabidiol (CBD) in treating some forms of epilepsy.
Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is a growing concern for patients and physicians. The National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke today announced it will fund a $5.9 million research project on SUDEP. The Center for SUDEP Research, a virtual "center without walls" will enable 9 groups of scientists to shared findings and data with a goal of fostering collaborations, the NIH said in announcing the program. The news was released in conjunction with several SUDEP studies presented today at the American Epilepsy Society's annual meeting in Seattle, WA.
Changing kids' diets has been shown to help control epileptic seizures. But until recently there was little data on whether strict dietary regimens are beneficial for adults with epilepsy. Reporting at the American Epilepsy Society's annual meeting in Seattle, WA today, two research teams said they have had some success with diet modification as a way to reduce seizures in adults with drug-resistant epilepsy.