Handbook of Pediatric Electroencephalography by Veena Kander now on ICNApedia VLE

Genetic modifiers of DMD disease severity identified in humans for the first time

In pioneering research published in the Jan 18 issue of Neurology Pegoraro et al reports the identification of genetic modifiers of muscular dystrophy in humans for the first time.

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Fever-induced refractory epileptic encephalopathy in school-age children (FIRES) is a recently described epileptic entity whose etiology remains unknown. Brain abnormalities shown by MRI are usually limited to mesial-temporal structures and do not account for the catastrophic neuropsychologic findings.

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Carbamazepine and Spina Bifida

spina_bifidaWomen who suffer from epilepsy and take a common drug (carbamazepine) to treat the illness have a higher chance of having an infant with spina bifida compared with women not taking antiepileptic drugs, finds a study published on BMJ.com today.

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Molecular diagnosis in Duchenne- Best Practice

neuromuscularA meeting of 29 senior scientists from Europe, the USA, India and Australia, was held in Naarden, The Netherlands on November 14–16, 2008, to establish consensus Best Practice Guidelines for molecular diagnosis of Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy (DMD/BMD)

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Brain development and new onset epilepsy

corticalthicknessResults of a recently published study has shown that children with new/recent onset epilepsy have significantly slowed expansion of white matter volume compared to healthy children over a two year interval.   The reduced white matter volume may affect brain connectivity and influence cognition.   The study conducted by researchers from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is published in Epilepsia, published on behalf of the International League Against Epilepsy.

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