Marisa Wexler, MS, senior science writer —

Marisa holds a Master of Science in cellular and molecular pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied novel genetic drivers of ovarian cancer. Her areas of expertise include cancer biology, immunology, and genetics, and she has worked as a science writing and communications intern for the Genetics Society of America.

Articles by Marisa Wexler

Fintepla more potent than others in taming Dravet seizures: Study

Among recent treatments to reduce the risk of seizures in people with Dravet syndrome, Fintepla (fenfluramine) appears to be the most potent, according to a new analysis. “In [Dravet syndrome], [Fintepla] provided significantly greater efficacy compared with other [anti-seizure medications], and it was generally well tolerated,” researchers wrote…

Diacomit may be effective for hard-to-treat seizures outside Dravet

Diacomit (stiripentol), known to help control seizures in people with Dravet syndrome, also may aid those with other childhood disorders marked by hard-to-treat seizures, according to a study out of Spain. “Although further prospective studies are needed, our findings suggest that add-on [Diacomit] may be a therapeutic option for…

Caregivers report gains in cognition, communication with Epidiolex

Epidiolex (cannabidiol) reduces the frequency of seizures for most people with Dravet syndrome and also leads to gains in cognitive function, communication, and behavior for many patients, according to a study based on interviews with caregivers. “Caregivers’ Perspectives on the Impact of Cannabidiol (CBD) Treatment for Dravet…