FDA approves new cannabis based drug to treat epilepsy

first_img June 28, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Lauren Phinney, Posted: June 28, 2018 FDA approves new cannabis based drug to treat epilepsycenter_img Updated: 8:56 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The FDA has approved a cannabis based drug to treat epilepsy. Dr. Jerry Shih, Director of Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at UCSD, was in studio to tell KUSI’s Lauren Phinney all about the new drug and an event taking place this weekend designed to raise awareness.LOKK for Epilepsy (dedicated to LOKK Legal) is a San Diego based non-profit organization founded by the family and friends of Koorosh Khashayar and we are dedicated to raising funds and awareness for epilepsy research. Our critical mission is to find a cure for Epilepsy, not just control the seizures, to find a cure for this disorder and to prevail over the challenges that effect so many people each day from experiencing a full life. We will do this through educating and funding research to accelerate treatment.Koorosh Khashayar (owner of LOKK Legal, a San Diego based Law firm) passed away (on September 6, 2015) at the age of 32, from a seizure. He was a pillar of his community and a successful young attorney. Koorosh was an amazing man who worked hard to help the people in his community. He not only donated funds to great causes (Miracle Babies, Susan G. Komen for Breast Cancer, Big Brother/Big Sister of San Diego and many more) , but he also volunteered his free time to feed the homeless at the Urban Angels in San Diego and walked the 60 miles to support the Susan G. Komen foundation’s 3-Day walk for breast cancer awareness numerous times.Koorosh was a man to be admired, who held a high regard for helping others, and he was taken from us too soon. Koorosh was diagnosed with Epilepsy after he had his first seizure when he was only 17 years old. This is when Koorosh and his family began to understand the frustrations of dealing with this disease. The lack of information, funding and research, the lack of actual knowledge about the medication prescribed by doctors, and ongoing testing of multiple medications was alarming. Koorosh was put on different medications and treated by multiple doctors in many cities across California, from Stanford to the University of San Francisco, to San Diego. None of these doctors or medications succeeded in curing his Epilepsy, they only went to attempt to control the seizures. The medications he took (and all epileptic patients take) only reduce the likelihood of a seizure but do not provide a cure. He and his family were very frustrated over the years being told by many doctors that he would be living with this forever, and continue to take various medications, each with their own side effects.Koorosh lived a great life, he did not let this effect how he lived, loved and cared for everyone he encountered. Most of the people that knew him did not know what he was dealing with on a day to day basis. He was very proud and did not want any sympathy, he wanted to be the one who helped others. He was full of life and his family and friends want to ensure the frustration and loss that they have experienced does not affect others. This is why this foundation has been formed, to get the word out, to get the needed funding to finally find a cure for Epilepsy. Browse the Lokk 4 Epilepsy web site to learn more about us and our goals to find a cure for epilepsy. Lauren Phinney last_img read more

Monsoon Session of Assembly to kick off on Friday

first_imgKolkata: The Monsoon Session of the West Bengal Assembly is going to start from July 20. It will continue till July 31.The all-party meeting before the session was held on Wednesday. Senior leaders of all the political parties including Trinamool Congress, CPI(M) and BJP were present in the meeting.Senior Trinamool Congress leader and Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee and state Finance minister Amit Mitra were present in the meeting. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt has been learnt that some important bills, including one of the Correctional Administration department, will be placed in the Assembly in this session.Sources said that the matter related to the nomenclature of the state will also come up in the Assembly.It may be mentioned that on August 29 in 2016, the state Assembly had passed the resolution of renaming the state as “Bangla” and “Bengal” in English in a special session.Later, on September 2017, the state Cabinet had decided to go for only one name for the state. It has been learnt that the Centre has also urged the state government to suggest one name for all languages.The matter related to upgrading Krishnanath College in Murshidabad to a university, will also come up in the Assembly in this session.last_img read more

Loneliness predictive of preclinical Alzheimers disease

first_imgThe constant feeling of being lonely and isolated may be due to the increased amyloid levels in the brain and can be indicative of preclinical Alzheimer’s disease, researchers have found.Loneliness – characterised by subtle feelings of social detachment – may be associated with early brain changes in preclinical Alzheimer’s disease, prior to mild cognitive impairment.The findings showed that higher brain amyloid burden was associated with more frequent feelings of isolation, being left out, and lacking companionship, independent of sociodemographic factors, objective measures of social network, depressive and anxiety symptoms. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“The study reports a novel association of loneliness and cortical amyloid burden in cognitively normal adults and present evidence for loneliness as a neuropsychiatric symptom relevant to preclinical Alzheimer’s disease,” said Nancy J Donovan, MD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard in Boston. Emotional and behavioural symptoms in cognitively normal older people may be direct manifestations of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) pathophysiology at the preclinical stage, prior to the onset of mild cognitive impairment, the study stated. For the study, the team included 43 women and 36 men with an average age of about 76 years. Out of these, 22 (28 per cent) were carriers of the genetic risk factor apolipoprotein, and 25 (32 per cent) were in the amyloid-positive group based on volume in imaging.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe participants’ average loneliness score was 5.3 on a scale of 3 to 12. Higher cortical amyloid levels were associated with greater loneliness after controlling for age, sex, genetic risk, socioeconomic status, depression, anxiety and social network. The participants in the amyloid-positive group were 7.5 times more likely to be classified as lonely than non-lonely compared with individuals in the amyloid-negative group. The association between high amyloid levels and loneliness was also stronger in APOE 4 carriers than in non-carriers. “The study will inform new research into the neurobiology of loneliness and other socioemotional changes in late life and may enhance early detection and intervention research in Alzheimer’s disease,” said Donovan.last_img read more