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Neurological disorders are linked to elevated suicide rates
A newly published study in JAMA shows that people with neurological disorders have a 75% higher suicide rate than people with no neurological disorders. (2020-02-04)
Smoke two of these and call me in the morning? Not quite, study finds
Researchers surveyed cannabis users about beliefs on marijuana's effectiveness in treating certain medical conditions. (2020-01-30)
Research brief: Mothers on antiepileptic medication can safely breastfeed
Professor Angela Birnbaum in the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy speaks about breastfeeding and antiepileptic medication. (2020-01-30)
More than 40% of status epilepticus patients suffer adverse outcomes
A new study published in Seizure gives insight into the short-term outcome of patients treated for status epilepticus in Kuopio University Hospital in Finland. (2020-01-24)
Study gauges efficacy of drugs against pork tapeworm
Taenia solium -- also called pork tapeworm -- is a parasite which causes disease around the world, particularly in very poor communities with deficient sanitation and where pigs roam free. (2020-01-16)
Some genetic sequencing fail to analyze large segments of DNA
Children who undergo expansive genetic sequencing may not be getting the thorough DNA analysis their parents were expecting, say experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center. (2020-01-06)
Epilepsy study shows link between brain activity and memory
A new Cedars-Sinai study reveals how memory and abnormal brain activity are linked in patients with epilepsy who often report problems with memory. (2020-01-06)
Extra benefit from epilepsy neurostimulators -- reducing comorbid neuropsychiatric symptoms
Researchers report cases of five epilepsy patients who found better treatments for deleterious neuropsychiatric symptoms like anxiety, depression, psychosis and impaired memory using data collected -- while the patients were at home -- from implanted neurostimulators placed in their brains to control their epileptic seizures. (2020-01-02)
Social bots tweet dodgy claims about pot, diluting solid science
A USC analysis of tens of thousands of cannabis-related posts on Twitter found that social bots regularly perpetuated bogus health claims on the platform, illustrating how false statements may drown out solid science on social media. (2019-12-19)
The Lancet: Drug could help reduce frequency of seizures for children with Dravet Syndrome, a severe treatment-resistant epilepsy, compared with placebo
Children with Dravet Syndrome given fenfluramine experienced a greater reduction in convulsive seizures, compared to patients given a placebo for a 14-week treatment period, according to a randomised controlled trial published in The Lancet. (2019-12-17)
Zooming in on brain circuits allows researchers to stop seizure activity
A team of neuroscientists have found, in animal models, that they can 'switch off' epileptic seizures. (2019-12-16)
Migraine prevention in children and adolescents
Two medicines already used to prevent migraine in adults also showed efficacy in adolescents with migraine. (2019-12-10)
Patient diaries reveal propensity for epileptic seizures
A Rice alumna and her statistician mentor receive the first validation of their tool to assess patients' histories to identify periods of heightened propensity for epileptic seizures. (2019-12-04)
Major epilepsy study offers much-needed answers on 3 lifesaving seizure drugs
There are effective treatments to stop life-threatening epilepsy seizures when the initial treatment has failed, a sweeping new study reveals. (2019-12-02)
Investigational drug for people with treatment-resistant epilepsy
Imagine not being able to drive, shower alone or even work because you are never quite sure when the next seizure will leave you incapacitated. (2019-11-21)
Unable to reject increased suicide risk associated with use of anti-epileptic drugs
Three of the most common forms of anti-epileptic drugs in Denmark is associated with increase in patients' risk of suicide. (2019-11-21)
Study finds associations between rheumatoid arthritis, other diseases before and after diagnosis
A Mayo Clinic-led study involving 3,276 patients has found that people with inflammatory bowel disease, Type 1 diabetes or blood clots may be at increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. (2019-11-20)
The ever-changing brain: Shining a light on synaptic plasticity
Researchers in the Membrane Cooperativity Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) in Japan, in collaboration with researchers from universities across Japan, have found that AMPA receptors form and disintegrate continually, within a fraction of a second, rather than existing as stable entities. (2019-11-20)
New cell therapy improves memory and stops seizures following TBI
Researchers from the University of California, Irvine developed a breakthrough cell therapy to improve memory and prevent seizures in mice following traumatic brain injury. (2019-11-15)
Study provides insights on the effects of cannabidiol on severe form of epilepsy
Results from a study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology may help explain why cannabidiol -- a chemical component of marijuana with no psychoactive properties -- reduces the frequency of seizures in patients with a severe form of epilepsy. (2019-11-07)
New gene therapy for epilepsy provides on-demand release of endogenous substance
A joint press release by Charité and the Medical University of Innsbruck Teams of researchers from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Medical University of Innsbruck have developed a new therapeutic concept for the treatment of temporal lobe epilepsy. (2019-10-30)
First structure of human cotransporter protein family member solved
In work that could someday improve treatments for epilepsy, UT Southwestern scientists have published the first three-dimensional structure of a member of a large family of human proteins that carry charged particles -- ions -- across the cell membrane. (2019-10-29)
Scientists reveal novel oncogenic driver gene in human gastrointestinal stromal tumors
A team led by Prof. WANG Yuexiang of the Shanghai Institute of Nutrition and Health (SINH) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, together with Prof. (2019-10-24)
New therapeutic strategy may help reverse autism behavioral abnormalities
Mutations in specific genes, such as PTEN, can explain many autism cases. (2019-10-21)
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)
Repeated febrile convulsions linked to epilepsy and psychiatric disorders
The risk of febrile convulsions increases with the child's fever, and children who suffer from repeated febrile convulsions during their first year of life have an increased risk of developing epilepsy and psychiatric disorders later in life. (2019-10-15)
Cleveland Clinic-led research team develops new genetic-based epilepsy risk scores
An international team of researchers led by Cleveland Clinic has developed new genetic-based epilepsy risk scores which may lay the foundation for a more personalized method of epilepsy diagnosis and treatment. (2019-10-14)
Epilepsy: Function of 'brake cells' disrupted
In some forms of epilepsy, the function of certain ''brake cells'' in the brain is presumed to be disrupted. (2019-10-01)
Exploring the brain in a new way: WVU researcher records neurons to understand cognition
Whether we're searching for Waldo or our keys in a room of clutter, we tap into a part of the frontal region of the brain when performing visual, goal-related tasks. (2019-10-01)
Cancer tumours form surprising connections with healthy brain cells
Anti-epileptic medicine can curb the dangerous communication and possibly be part of future treatment. (2019-09-27)
Neurons' response to seizure-induced stress reduces seizure severity
In response to seizures, the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), a network of flattened tubes in the cell that packages and transports proteins, triggers a stress response that reduces brain activity and seizure severity. (2019-09-26)
'Push-pull' dynamic in brain network is key to stopping seizures
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered that the spreading of seizures through the brain can be suppressed depending on the amount of pressure within the brain, an important discovery that may revolutionize the treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy. (2019-09-23)
CBD may alleviate seizures, benefit behaviors in people with neurodevelopmental conditions
A marijuana plant extract, also known as cannabidiol (CBD), is being commonly used to improve anxiety, sleep problems, pain, and many other neurological conditions. (2019-09-18)
Epilepsy surgery: The earlier the better, overview study shows
A person with drug resistant epilepsy who gets an early surgical intervention has a better chance of becoming seizure free. (2019-09-12)
Researchers describe the epigenetic fingerprints everyday experiences leave in neurons
An international study led by researchers from the Instituto de Neurosciencias, UMH-CSIC in Alicante presents a novel multi-omic analysis of the changes in the organization of the genetic material of neurons triggered by neuronal activation both in a pathological (epilepsy) and in a physiological context (learning and memory). (2019-09-09)
Watching music move through the brain
Scientists have observed how the human brain represents a familiar piece of music, according to research published in JNeurosci. (2019-09-09)
Mechanism of epilepsy causing membrane protein is discovered
The team lead by Dr. Lim Hyun-Ho of Korea Brain Research Institute published its paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). (2019-08-29)
Better seizure control with ketogenic diet in infants with genetic epilepsy
Research shows that starting infants as young as 3 weeks old on the ketogenic diet is effective in treating epilepsy. (2019-08-27)
Breaching the brain's defense causes epilepsy
Epileptic seizures can happen to anyone. But how do they occur and what initiates such a rapid response? (2019-08-26)
Accurate detection of low-level somatic mutation in intractable epilepsy
KAIST medical scientists have developed an advanced method for perfectly detecting low-level somatic mutation in patients with intractable epilepsy. (2019-08-14)
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