Epilepsy http://wunc.org en NC Lawmakers Approve Bill To Legalize Therapeutic Marijuana Oil http://wunc.org/post/nc-lawmakers-approve-bill-legalize-therapeutic-marijuana-oil <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>State lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow the use of a marijuana oil to help treat childhood seizures.</p><p>Researchers say the hemp oil extract, known as cannabidiol&nbsp;(CBD),&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">is not psychoactive and would be used to treat only debilitating seizure disorders.</span></p><p>Several lawmakers, like Gladys Robinson (D-Guilford), showed their support for the bill by relating their experiences of having family members with epilepsy.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:34:45 +0000 WUNC News 37997 at http://wunc.org NC Lawmakers Approve Bill To Legalize Therapeutic Marijuana Oil Duke Researchers One Step Closer To Epilepsy Treatment http://wunc.org/post/duke-researchers-one-step-closer-epilepsy-treatment <p>Researchers at Duke University say they're another step closer to creating preventative treatment for epilepsy.&nbsp; A <a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0896627313003589">study released Thursday</a> says scientists controlled a particular receptor in the brains of mice linked to epileptic seizures.&nbsp; They were able to stop the development of permanent epilepsy, even after the mice experienced a series of seizures.&nbsp; Jim McNamara is a Duke neuroscience professor and lead author of the study.&nbsp; He says the receptor could be a target for future drugs to prevent epilepsy in humans.<br><br>"Ideally, what you would like is to be able to intervene for a brief period of time and have that intervention be effective for prevention, because you can minimize unwanted effects of the drug," McNamara said. "You don't have to be on the drug for the rest of your life." Fri, 21 Jun 2013 13:46:39 +0000 Will Michaels 17662 at http://wunc.org Duke Researchers One Step Closer To Epilepsy Treatment