Two compounds that block certain calcium channels in the brain can suppress absence-like epilepsy seizures in rats, report researchers at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada, and colleagues (Tringham E et al. Sci Transl Med. 2012;4:121ra19).
In humans, most absence or “petit mal” seizures are treated with medications that act on multiple targets, do not completely control the seizures, and can cause considerable adverse effects.
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