Brain injury related epilepsy could be prevented

Researchers have developed a potential new method of preventing patients who have suffered a severe brain injury from going on to develop epilepsy.

A team from the University of California has utilised a drug that is commonly prescribed for hypertension, or high blood pressure, to prevent the onset of post-traumatic epilepsy. In a study of rats, seizures were prevented in 60 per cent of cases, while those that still experienced epileptic symptoms did so at a greatly reduced rate. Administration of the drug, losartan for three weeks at the time of injury was enough to prevent most cases of epilepsy in normal lab rats in the following months. Between ten and 20 per cent of all cases of epilepsy result from severe head injury. Read the full story.
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