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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)
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)
What is the scope of neurological diseases in the world today?
Globally, the burden of neurological disorders (Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke, epilepsy etc) has increased substantially over the past 25 years. (2017-10-13)
Seizure study sheds light on lasting brain effects in children
Prolonged convulsive seizures in childhood could be linked to the development of other brain conditions, a study suggests. (2017-12-06)
Epilepsy -- why do seizures sometimes continue after surgery?
New research from the University of Liverpool, published in the journal Brain, has highlighted the potential reasons why many patients with severe epilepsy still continue to experience seizures even after surgery. (2016-11-17)
UCI researchers discover molecular mechanisms of an African folk medicine
Researchers in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine have discovered the molecular basis for therapeutic actions of an African folk medicine used to treat a variety of illnesses and disorders including diabetes, pain, headaches, paralysis and epilepsy. (2018-11-14)
Many epilepsy patients take drug combinations that interact
In an Epilepsia analysis of 2008-2010 Medicare claims data, one in four older Americans with new-onset epilepsy and more than one-third with prevalent epilepsy received a combination of antiepileptic drugs and non-epilepsy drugs that could interact to alter the effectiveness of the non-epilepsy drugs. (2018-02-07)
Fish's use of electricity might shed light on human illnesses
African weakly electric fish, commonly called baby whales, use incredibly brief electrical pulses to sense the world around them and communicate with other members of their species. (2018-06-21)
TGen-led study shows mutated gene is likely cause of 3-year-old girl's severe disorder
A young girl with severe neurological symptoms finally has a diagnosis, following the discovery by TGen of a genetic mutation that likely caused the girl to experience a cascade of symptoms. (2018-07-23)
Scientists solve century-old neuroscience mystery; answers may lead to epilepsy treatment
Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have solved a 125-year-old mystery of the brain, and, in the process, uncovered a potential treatment for acquired epilepsy. (2018-11-09)
Monthly brain cycles predict seizures in patients with epilepsy
UC San Francisco neurologists have discovered monthly cycles of brain activity linked to seizures in patients with epilepsy. (2018-01-08)
Changes in heart activity may signal epilepsy
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have found that the parasympathetic nervous system modulates breathing and slows the heart rate of sleeping children with epilepsy substantially more than in healthy children. (2016-03-09)
Pioneering research reveals how altered brain networks can lead to seizures
An international team of scientists, led by mathematicians from the University of Exeter's Living Systems Institute, have developed a ground-breaking new method that can identify regions of brain tissue most likely to generate seizures in people with epilepsy. (2017-08-17)
Do women with epilepsy have similar likelihood of pregnancy?
Women with epilepsy without a history of infertility or related disorders who wanted to become pregnant were about as likely as their peers without epilepsy to become pregnant. (2018-04-30)
Compound derived from marijuana may benefit children with epilepsy
In recent years, cannabinoids -- the active chemicals in medical marijuana -- have been increasingly touted as a potential treatment for a range of neurological and psychiatric disorders. (2018-11-07)
Zika's negative effects, as seen in human newborns, persist in adults, mouse study shows
Scientists have discovered that Zika virus infection in infant mice results in seizures and long-term deficits in brain structure and behavior that persist into adulthood. (2018-06-06)
New wake-promoting node pinpointed in brain
Neurologists had suspected that a component of the 'ascending arousal system' could be found in this part of the brain for more than 100 years. (2017-11-10)
Nerve cells in the human brain can 'count'
How do we know if we're looking at three apples or four? (2018-09-20)
Wishes help keep pediatric patients out of the hospital
In the retrospective study patients granted a wish were 2.5 times more likely to have fewer unplanned hospital admissions and 1.9 times more likely not to have to use the emergency department. (2018-11-13)
Family of proteins involved in brain's connectivity are controlled by multiple checkpoints
University of Bristol scientists have found that the delivery of a group of proteins involved in the information flow between the brain's nerve cells to the synapse is much more sophisticated than previously suspected. (2017-08-31)
'Missing mutation' found in severe infant epilepsy
Researchers have discovered a 'missing mutation' in severe infant epilepsy -- long-suspected genetic changes that might trigger overactive, brain-damaging electrical signaling leading to seizures. (2018-03-20)
New epilepsy gene network identified by scientists
Scientists have discovered a gene network in the brain associated with epilepsy. (2016-12-12)
New method identifies brain regions most likely to cause epilepsy seizures
Scientists have developed a new way to detect which areas of the brain contribute most greatly to epilepsy seizures, according to a PLOS Computational Biology study. (2017-08-17)
Repairing a leaky blood-brain barrier in epilepsy
Blocking the activity of an enzyme that has a key role in the generation of recurring seizures may provide a new way to treat epilepsy that is resistant to anti-seizure drugs, according to a study of rats and mice published in JNeurosci. (2018-04-09)
Increased risk of unnatural death to people with epilepsy found
A new study has shown that people diagnosed with epilepsy in England and Wales are at increased risk of dying from suicide and accidents. (2018-04-09)
Effects of epilepsy on neural activity in mice fluctuate with reproductive cycle
Mice with epilepsy have altered patterns of neuron activity in the portion of the brain that controls the reproductive endocrine system, University of Illinois researchers report in a new study. (2018-10-12)
Oscillations provide insights into the brain's navigation system
The brain creates a map of our environment, which enables reliable spatial navigation. (2018-10-12)
Looking behind a rare brain disease for clues to treat more common mental disorders
Researchers have clarified, for the first time, the mechanism behind a very rare brain disorder called MICPCH (microcephaly, disproportionate pontine and cerebellar hypoplasia) syndrome in animal models. (2019-02-15)
The risk of dying during pregnancy is five times higher for women with epilepsy
The risk of dying during pregnancy is negligible for the average Danish woman, but if the woman in question has epilepsy, the probability must be multiplied by five. (2018-10-03)
Graphene can hear your brain whisper
A newly developed graphene-based implant can record electrical activity in the brain at extremely low frequencies and over large areas, unlocking the wealth of information found below 0.1 Hz. (2019-01-24)
Does dosing of drug for mom make a difference for baby's risk of cleft lip, palate?
Taking a higher dose of topiramate during the first three months of pregnancy may increase a baby's risk of cleft lip or cleft palate more than when taking a lower dose, according to a study published in the Dec. (2017-12-27)
Experts weigh risks of epilepsy drug in pregnancy, as EU considers safety recommendations
As the European Commission considers whether to introduce a partial ban on use of the epilepsy drug valproate in pregnancy over risks to unborn babies, researchers in The BMJ discuss the arguments and the implications for patients and healthcare professionals. (2018-04-18)
The NCOA and The Epilepsy Foundation launch initiative to educate about epilepsy in the elderly
Today at a media briefing in Boston, The National Council on the Aging (NCOA), The Epilepsy Foundation and UCB Pharma, Inc. announced an initiative to raise awareness of the national concern of epilepsy in the elderly and highlight the increasing incidence of the disorder in this population. (2003-12-09)
Why it doesn't get dark when you blink
Understanding how perception and memory interact. (2018-09-24)
Two possible new ways to treat silent seizures in children
A recent study led at the Gladstone Institutes, and published in the journal Cell Reports, characterizes silent seizures in a mouse model of Dravet syndrome and identifies a new brain area that could be targeted to stop them. (2019-01-02)
Most commonly prescribed drug for infantile epilepsy may also be most effective
Levetiracetam, the most commonly prescribed drug for US infants with epilepsy, may be significantly more effective than the second-choice drug phenobarbital, according to a new study by scientists from Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian and 16 other research institutions. (2018-02-12)
Memory decline after head injury may be prevented by slowing brain cell growth
Rutgers scientists say a new study indicates that the excessive burst of new brain cells after a traumatic head injury that researchers have traditionally believed helped in recovery could instead lead to epileptic seizures and long-term cognitive decline. (2017-09-15)
An international study is the first large survey on epilepsy
Research with multicentric approach analyzed with neuroimaging technique more than 3,800 volunteers in search of anatomical alterations specific to each epilepsy subtype. (2018-04-04)
UCLA cell study reveals how head injuries lead to serious brain diseases
UCLA biologists reveal the hidden molecular basis of brain disorders and provide the first cell atlas of the hippocampus -- the part of the brain that helps regulate learning and memory -- as it is affected by traumatic brain injury. (2018-11-16)
Researchers identify gene largely accounting for 15q13.3 microdeletion syndrome
Researchers have identified in a mouse model OTUD7A as the gene within the deleted region that accounts for many characteristics of 15q13.3 microdeletion syndrome. (2018-02-02)
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