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Special Diet Can Ease Epileptic Seizures in Kids
Date:5/3/2008

seizures, compared to four of 49 children in the control group. Five children in the diet group had more than 90 percent fewer seizures. None of the children in the control group experienced that kind of improvement.

The study appears in the current online edition of The Lancet Neurology and will appear in the June print issue.

"We have shown that the diet has efficacy and should be included in the management of children who have drug-resistant epilepsy. However, the diet is not without possible side effects, which should be considered alongside the risk-benefit of other treatments when planning the management of such children," the study authors wrote.

More information is needed about the long-term effects of the ketogenic diet, such as changes in blood fat concentrations and ketosis, Dr. Max Wiznitzer, of Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, wrote in an accompanying comment article.

"Better identification of epilepsies that benefit from starting early on the ketogenic diet and comparisons between the choices of ketogenic diet are needed," he wrote.

More information

The Epilepsy Foundation has more about the ketogenic diet.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: The Lancet Neurology, news release, May 2, 2008


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