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Russian Scientists Discover New Anti-Epileptic Agent

Statistics indicate that about 3 per cent of the world’s population suffers from epileptic seizures to a greater or lesser degree. Preventive care usually involves the intake of pharmaceuticals, which contain gamma-amino butyric acid. The problem is that this is creates a placebo effect, which is almost totally ineffective for about one fourth of those afflicted with epilepsy. This is behind the scientific motivation for more effective anticonvulsants that have minimal side effects.

 

 

 

The Russian city of Novosibirsk is the country’s third largest after Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Scientists there are very busy developing more effective and cheaper anticonvulsants, which are also less toxic to the user than existing anti-epileptic drugs. According to news sources, the researchers have suggested a new material from which to make these drugs based on pinene amino acids. Amino acids derived from alpha-pinenes are rigid in structure and are more selective during binding with target molecules.

These amino acid derivatives are organic compounds (hydrocarbons) of natural origin. They are of the terpene class, from which the word turpentine comes, which in turn is derived from pine needle oil. This compound is found in the oils of many species of many coniferous trees, notably the pine, and is also in the essential oil of the herb, rosemary.

Researchers are suggesting that making anticonvulsants, based on pinene amino acids will be more effective in treating patients with seizures. Epileptics desperately need effective and non-toxic treating agents and Russian scientists have already performed some pharmacological studies of the new drug on non-pedigree laboratory mice.

The simple extraction process of this common substance (alpha-pinene) brings new hope to those suffering from seizures. Scientists believe this derivative will become the basis for the almost non-toxic anticonvulsant of the future.

An easier life for those suffering from epilepsy is clearly in view. And the world applauds the work of these daring scientists.

M Dee Dubroff
International Innovations
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Comments
Apr 4, 2009
by Anonymous

not

not everyone that has epilepsy needs new medicines. Aome can have the same medicine for years and only get an attack when taken off it or lowered dose which happened.
But it's good with new stuff too but they shouldn't forget what works for some dont work for others.

Apr 4, 2009
by M Dee Dubroff
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medication

 

Thanks for your insight.

I appreciate it. 

Yours in Words,

M Dee Dubroff

Russian Innovations

Apr 4, 2009
by Anonymous

Wow

I would love to learn more of the research. I happen to be epileptic, and have been medically controlled for years, however I have seen how being medically controlled for years can suddenly turn into, "no longer medically controlled" over night. I applaud these men & women on their work, and hope they continue!

Thanks :)

John C

Lordoftherings33@hotmail.com

Apr 5, 2009
by M Dee Dubroff
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medication

 Hello there, John C,

I am so glad to hear that this research can help you!

If I find any more information or follow-up on this, I will do another post in the future.

In the meantime,

good luck and keep reading.

 

 

 

Yours in Words,

M Dee Dubroff

Russian Innovations

Apr 6, 2009
by Anonymous

hi

does this medicine suit for a 6-monthes baby? is there any way can cure a just born babys' epileptic???:(

Apr 6, 2009
by M Dee Dubroff
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Hi

oHi there-

I don't kow the answer to your quesitons as I am not a qualified medical professional. Why not plug the name into Google, see whatyou can find and then ask your doctor?

You might also want to plug in the name of different organizations related to the treatment of epilepsy. I don't know what they are offhand, but i am sure you can find them by searching through Google.

Good luck to you and your baby.

 

 

Yours in Words,

M Dee Dubroff

Russian Innovations