Researchers at the University of London have made a discovery they hope will lead to the development of a pill to control epilepsy by using fatty acids that are common in the high-fat, low-carb diet often prescribed to epileptics.
Researchers at University College London and Royal Holloway tested the fatty acids and compared them to established epilepsy treatments. They found that some fatty acids were better than the drugs at controlling seizures and with fewer side effects.
The fatty acids are found in the ketogenic diet, which is often prescribed for patients with drug-resistant epilepsy.
The study was published Thursday in the journal Neuropharmacology.
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