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Researchers from The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health discovered that a peptide from the venom of the spider Heteroscoda maculata can restore the neural deficiencies that trigger seizures associated with Dravet syndrome, a devastating form of childhood epilepsy.
A little baby suffering a seizure is an incredibly distressing event for a family. Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder in children and it takes the form of recurring seizures. But epilepsy is not a single disease; rather, it is a diverse spectrum of disorders that comprise many types of seizures. Dravet syndrome, first identified by French psychiatrist and epileptologist Charlotte Dravet more than 30 years ago, is a severe paediatric epilepsy.

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