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Monash Researchers Collaborate on Seizure-Reducing Diet

February 26, 2019

Monash Researchers Collaborate on Seizure-Reducing Diet

A high-fat diet used to treat epilepsy in children has become the focus of a newly established collaboration between Monash University’s Department of Neuroscience and Chinese researchers.

    The ketogenic or keto diet, which forces the body to burn fats for energy, has been shown to reduce seizures in two out of three children and leave up to 10% seizure free. These young patients haven’t responded to anti-epileptic medicines previously, researcher Ms. Neha Kaul said. The new collaboration is a key component of the partnership between the Department of Neurology’s Professor Patrick Kwan and long-term collaborator Professor Jianxiang Liao from the Shenzhen Children’s Hospital. The collaboration is aimed at looking at the mechanisms of the diet, how to best use it to treat patients, ways to modify it so adults will stick to it, and side effects. The diet has been used to treat other diseases as well, including Parkinson’s, Motor Neurone, and Alzheimer’s diseases and some cancers.
   —Please visit https://www.monash.edu/medicine/news/latest/2019-articles/monashchinese-researchers-probe-high-fat-seizure-reducing-diet to read more on this.