The epilepsy team at Boston Children's Hospital celebrates Epilepsy Awareness Week.
Benefits Pile Up for Epilepsy Surgery
MedpageToday reports on two new studies presented at American Epilepsy Society's (AES) annual meeting suggesting that for most patients with drug-refractory epilepsy eligible for surgical treatment, their outcomes end up better than continuing on medical therapy. Researchers on one of the studies, led by Boston Children’s Ivan Sanchez, MD, calculated that the average 10-year-old undergoing surgery for drug-refractory temporal lobe epilepsy had a nearly 6-year extension in life expectancy with surgical treatment versus patients whose epilepsy was managed with drug therapy alone.
Doctor turns to 3D printers in a race to save a toddler's mind
The Verge features the 3D printing service from Boston Children's Simulator Program and tells the story of an infant whose brain was replicated by the hospital's 3D printer and practiced on by Joseph Madsen, MD, prior to his operation. Madsen tells the Verge a hemispherectomy is one of the most challenging operations in pediatric epilepsy surgery and says the simulation made a big difference. Peter Weinstock, MD, PhD, director of the Simulator Program, says within a year of its inception his team has printed close to 100 models – 20 percent of which have made their way into operating rooms.
Dressed to Detect
Nature reports on wearable biometric devices that monitor seizures and promise improvements in epilepsy treatments and research, in a special supplement on epilepsy. Boston Children’s Tobias Loddenkemper, MD, who is currently running a trial utilizing a prototype of a wearable biometric device, provides expert comment.
Visualizing data to help epilepsy patients
A RENCI-led project puts patient and EMR data at clinicians' fingertips in visual formats to improve treatments for epilepsy. Read More.
Boston Children's Hospital Welcomes New Epilepsy Chief
Boston Children’s Hospital today announced Phillip L. Pearl, MD, has joined the institution’s Department of Neurology as chief of the Division of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology. Pearl, who succeeds Blaise Bourgeois, MD as chief, also will serve as professor of neurology and William G. Lennox Chair at Harvard Medical School.
High-tech imagery helps surgeons combat Epilepsy
The Boston Globe - After nearly seven hours of preparation, Dr. Joseph Madsen turned on the laser at Boston Children’s Hospital that would burn a tiny hole in the brain of 13-year-old Justin Griffin. The laser was on for only a minute, but scored a direct hit on the area Madsen thought was causing Justin’s weekly epileptic seizures. Twice more the surgeon pulsed the laser, and then concluded the operation was a success: The left hippocampus of Justin’s brain had been effectively destroyed and with it the catalyst for the boy’s disruptive seizures. Read more about this new treatment.