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Columbia engineers translate brain signals directly into speech
In a scientific first, Columbia neuroengineers have created a system that translates thought into intelligible, recognizable speech. (2019-01-29)
Children with chronic illness often show signs of mental health problems
Researchers from the University of Waterloo surveyed children between the ages of six and 16, and all within a month of their diagnosis with asthma, food allergy, epilepsy, diabetes or juvenile arthritis. (2018-01-04)
New method increases life span of donated brain tissue
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have developed a method that enables them to use donated brain tissue from people with epilepsy for 48 hours. (2018-03-09)
Stanford study shows why even well-controlled epilepsy can disrupt thinking
A study by Stanford University School of Medicine investigators may help explain why even people benefiting from medications for their epilepsy often continue to experience bouts of difficulty thinking, perceiving and remembering clearly. (2019-10-16)
People with epilepsy: Tell us about rare risk of death
People with epilepsy want their health care providers to tell them about a rare risk of death associated with the disorder, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 69th Annual Meeting in Boston, April 22 to 28, 2017. (2017-02-23)
New screening tool can improve the quality of life for epilepsy patients with sleep apnea
Rutgers researchers have developed a tool to help neurologists screen for obstructive sleep apnea in people with epilepsy whose seizures can be magnified by sleep disorders. (2018-09-27)
Maternal chronic disease linked to higher rates of congenital heart disease in babies
Pregnant women with congenital heart defects or type 2 diabetes have a higher risk of giving birth to babies with severe congenital heart disease and should be monitored closely in the prenatal period, according to a study published in CMAJ. (2016-10-11)
Preclinical study of therapeutic strategy for Lafora disease shows promise
A team of scientists have designed and tested in mice a novel and promising therapeutic strategy for treating Lafora Disease (LD), a fatal form of childhood epilepsy. (2019-07-25)
Scientists determine structure of brain receptor implicated in epilepsy and PMT
Scientists funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council have published new research in the journal Molecular Pharmacology identifying the structure of a receptor in the brain implicated in conditions such as epilepsy and pre-menstrual tension. (2008-03-09)
Epilepsy study links mossy brain cells to seizures and memory loss
A small group of cells in the brain can have a big effect on seizures and memory in a mouse model of epilepsy. (2018-02-15)
Study examines link between epilepsy and mood disorders
Mood disorders, including depression, are the most common comorbid conditions in individuals with epilepsy, but the cause remains unclear. (2018-01-11)
Good news for kids with epilepsy
There's good news for kids with epilepsy. While several new drugs have come out in the last several years for adults with epilepsy, making those drugs available for children and teenagers has been delayed due to the challenges of testing new drugs on children. (2017-02-27)
Deafness and seizures result when mysterious protein deleted in mice
Scientists have discovered that mice genetically engineered to lack a particular protein in the brain have profound deafness and seizures. (2008-01-24)
Cannabis-based compound may reduce seizures in children with epilepsy
Interest has been growing in the use of cannabinoids--the active chemicals in cannabis or marijuana-- for the treatment of epilepsy in children. (2018-12-05)
Are women with epilepsy using effective contraception?
In the largest study of contraceptive practices of women with epilepsy, 30 percent did not use highly effective contraception despite being at higher risk of having children with fetal malformations due to the anti-epilepsy medications they take. (2016-02-16)
Researchers reveal new insights into how your brain keeps its balance
An interdisciplinary team of scientists from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) discovered that two large protein kinases, ATM and ATR, cooperate to help establish the go/stop balance in human brains. (2018-01-22)
Simulating a brain-cooling treatment that could one day ease epilepsy
Using computer simulation techniques, scientists have gained new insights into the mechanism by which lowering the temperature of specific brain regions could potentially treat epileptic seizures. (2017-10-05)
Hundreds of thousands of genomes shed light on psychiatric disorders
A massive undertaking by the Brainstorm Consortium to analyze the genomes of nearly 900,000 people has revealed important insights into the genetic overlap among some psychiatric diseases, as well as among personality traits. (2018-06-21)
Cannabis compound may help curb frequency of epileptic seizures
A naturally occurring compound found in cannabis may help to curb the frequency of epileptic seizures, suggests a review of the available evidence, published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. (2018-03-06)
Tickling the brain with electrical stimulation improves memory, study shows
Tickling the brain with low-intensity electrical stimulation in a specific area can improve verbal short-term memory. (2018-01-29)
UTSA reduces seizures by removing newborn neurons
Epileptic seizures happen in one of every 10 people who have experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI). (2019-07-22)
New insights into epilepsy drug Retigabine
A study published ahead of print in the Journal of General Physiology has revealed new insights into Retigabine, a known pharmacological treatment for epilepsy. (2016-02-18)
Cooling treatment reduces epilepsy in children
Cooling babies deprived of oxygen at birth (perinatal asphyxia) can reduce the number of children who develop epilepsy later in childhood, according to a new study published in the journal Epilepsia. (2017-10-03)
Newborn Immune Activation May Have Long-Term Negative Impact on Brain FunctionNewborn immune activation may have long-term negative impact on brain function
McLean neuroscientists have found that even a brief episode of immune system activation within days of birth can cause persistent changes in sleep patterns concurrent with increases in epilepsy-like brain activity -- a combination of symptoms common in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental conditions. (2018-01-12)
Topiramate in early pregnancy increases risk of oral clefts
A new study by investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard T.H. (2017-12-28)
Hope for new treatment of severe epilepsy
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden believe they have found a method that in the future could help people suffering from epilepsy so severe that all current treatment is ineffective. (2018-04-16)
Severe electrical storms in the brain -- biologists link protein, seizure suppression
Seizure suppression is the focus of an original research article by researchers at the Department of Biology at Syracuse University -- and they have the pictures to prove it. (2018-03-07)
Inexplicable spasms can now be explained with hormones
Too low a level of a hormone in the blood which protects against stress may be the cause of epilepsy-like seizures which doctors had otherwise believed had solely psychological causes. (2017-11-03)
Study examines genetic link between epilepsy and mood disorders
Mood disorders, including depression, are the most common comorbid conditions in individuals with epilepsy, but the cause remains unclear. (2018-01-11)
Few answers in understanding death from epilepsy
To increase understanding of mortality in epilepsy, including SUDEP, Partners Against Mortality in Epilepsy (PAME) unites physicians, scientists, health care professionals, people with epilepsy, caregivers and bereaved family members for a unique conference that facilitates collaboration and spurs action. (2016-03-01)
Stimuli fading away en route to consciousness
Whether or not we consciously perceive the stimuli projected onto our retina is decided in our brain. (2017-09-22)
The brain's auto-complete function
When looking at a picture of a sunny day at the beach, we can almost smell the scent of sun screen. (2019-04-03)
Can learning stress-reducing techniques help reduce seizures?
Learning techniques to help manage stress may help people with epilepsy reduce how often they have seizures, according to a study published in the Feb. (2018-02-14)
Study reveals epilepsy drug exposure in womb is linked to poorer school test
Researchers from the Neurology Research Group in the Swansea University Medical School found that exposure to epilepsy drugs in the womb is linked to significantly poorer school test results among 7 year olds. (2018-03-29)
Many Malaysian children with epilepsy are vitamin D deficient
Long-term use of antiepileptic drugs is a significant risk factor for vitamin D deficiency in children with epilepsy. (2016-07-06)
Which commonly prescribed drug is more effective for infants with epilepsy?
Levetiracetam was found to be superior to phenobarbital as initial monotherapy for infants with nonsyndromic epilepsy. (2018-02-12)
Buzzing the brain with electricity can boost working memory
Scientists have uncovered a method for improving short-term working memory, by stimulating the brain with electricity to synchronize brain waves. (2017-03-14)
Study: Adding Vimpat significantly reduces partial-onset seizures in adults with epilepsy
Vimpat demonstrated greater seizure reduction and improved seizure freedom versus placebo when added to first and second-generation antiepileptic drugs. (2009-01-27)
Rheumatoid arthritis during pregnancy may increase chronic disease risk in children
New research reveals that children born to women with rheumatoid arthritis face an increased susceptibility for certain chronic diseases. (2017-12-11)
Redox biomarker could predict progression of epilepsy
Approximately 2.9 million people in the United States suffer from epilepsy, according to the CDC. (2016-10-05)
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