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New key mechanism of epileptic seizures revealed
Russian scientists investigated the changes in the temporal lobe cortex of a rat brain during prolonged epileptic seizures. (2019-01-07)
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)
Stem cell-derived neurons stop seizures and improve cognitive function
About 3.4 million Americans, or 1.2 percent of the population, have active epilepsy. (2018-12-20)
Drug repositioning strategy identifies potential anti-epilepsy drugs
Starting with human brain tissue from patients with epilepsy, University of Iowa researchers used gene expression profiling and bioinformatics to identify 91 FDA-approved drugs, that may also have potential as anti-epilepsy treatments. (2018-12-11)
Genetic study of epilepsy points to potential new therapies
The largest study of its kind, led by international researchers including scientists at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), has discovered 11 new genes associated with epilepsy. (2018-12-10)
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)
Stentrode (TM) developed for brain treatments without major surgery
Australian researchers have developed a tiny device that electrically stimulates the brain and could one day be used to treat conditions such as epilepsy and Parkinson's disease without invasive surgery. (2018-12-03)
Epileptics in high-crime neighborhoods have three times as many seizures
People with epilepsy living in high crime neighborhoods in Chicago had three times as many seizures as those living in neighborhoods with lower crime rates according to new research from the University of Illinois at Chicago presented at the American Epilepsy Society 2018 conference in New Orleans. (2018-12-02)
Effective new target for mood-boosting brain stimulation found
Researchers have found an effective target in the brain for electrical stimulation to improve mood in people suffering from depression. (2018-11-29)
Early detection of epilepsy in children possible with deep learning computer science technique
Early detection of the most common form of epilepsy in children is possible through 'deep learning,' a new machine learning tool that teaches computers to learn by example, according to a new study that includes researchers from Georgia State University. (2018-11-27)
Can genetic therapy help kids with Angelman syndrome overcome seizures?
Angelman syndrome is a genetic disease with no cure. Children grow up with severe intellectual disabilities and a range of other problems, arguably the worst of which are epileptic seizures. (2018-11-20)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
New epilepsy warning device could save thousands of lives
A new high-tech bracelet, developed by scientists from the Netherlands detects 85 percent of all severe night-time epilepsy seizures. (2018-11-05)
Reanalyzing gene tests prompt new diagnoses in kids
A new study from UT Southwestern quantifies for the first time how quickly these rapid advancements in genomics may benefit patients. (2018-11-05)
Physicists designed new antenna for supersensitive magnetometers of a new generation
Scientists from ITMO University and Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences proposed a new microwave antenna that creates a uniform magnetic field in large volume. (2018-11-05)
Children's vaccinations and development checks prevent hospital admissions in childhood
Children who receive nursery vaccinations and development checks are less likely to be admitted to hospital during childhood years. (2018-11-05)
Study pinpoints what makes human neurons unique
Human neurons are much larger than those of model organisms, so it's been unclear whether size makes a difference in our brain's computational power. (2018-10-18)
New causative gene found in severe childhood epilepsy
A large international research team has discovered a new genetic cause for a severe, difficult-to-treat childhood epilepsy syndrome. (2018-10-18)
Just the right dose: antiepileptic drug clearance changes during pregnancy
Study finds significant changes in how seizure medications are metabolized during the different trimesters of pregnancy. (2018-10-17)
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)
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)
Antiepileptic drugs linked to higher risk of stroke in persons with Alzheimer's disease
Antiepileptic drug use is associated with an increased risk of stroke among persons with Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. (2018-10-10)
Half the brain encodes both arm movements
Individual arm movements are represented by neural activity in both the left and right hemispheres of the brain, according to a study of epilepsy patients published in JNeurosci. (2018-10-08)
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)
Whole-brain connectome maps teach artificial intelligence to predict epilepsy outcomes
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) neurologists have developed a new method based on artificial intelligence that may eventually help both patients and doctors weigh the pros and cons of using brain surgery to treat debilitating seizures caused by epilepsy. (2018-10-02)
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)
Why it doesn't get dark when you blink
Understanding how perception and memory interact. (2018-09-24)
Nerve cells in the human brain can 'count'
How do we know if we're looking at three apples or four? (2018-09-20)
Understanding epilepsy in pediatric tumors
A KAIST research team led by Professor Jeong Ho Lee of the Graduate School of Medical Science and Engineering has recently identified a neuronal BRAF somatic mutation that causes intrinsic epileptogenicity in pediatric brain tumors. (2018-09-18)
The Lancet Neurology: Daily and weekly cycles of epileptic seizures more common than previously thought
Understanding the pattern of seizures, and how they are linked to circadian rhythms, could be important in improving management of epilepsy. (2018-09-12)
Electronic device implanted in the brain could stop seizures
Researchers have successfully demonstrated how an electronic device implanted directly into the brain can detect, stop and even prevent epileptic seizures. (2018-08-29)
Clinical trials needed to study cannabinoid use in Canadian children
Canadian parents use unregulated cannabinoids for seizure control in children with neurologic conditions like epilepsy, and clinical trials are needed to inform doctors and parents on prescribing, according to a commentary in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2018-08-28)
Brain-heart activity predicts post-malaria epilepsy in mice
Animals that develop epilepsy after an infection can be identified as early as three months prior to their first seizure by measuring interactions between the brain and the heart, according to new research using a mouse model of post-cerebral malaria epilepsy. (2018-08-27)
Heart-brain connection could be predictive biomarker for epilepsy
Heartbeat irregularities connected to brain activity abnormalities may lead to the ability to predict eventual epileptic seizures in subjects who suffered physical or infectious brain insults, according to Penn State researchers who studied mouse models of cerebral malaria, which often causes epilepsy in those who survive. (2018-08-27)
Study: Heart abnormalities may trigger sudden unexplained death in epilepsy
Patients with a rare disease called Dravet syndrome are at heightened risk for sudden unexplained death in epilepsy. (2018-08-23)
Depressed patients see quality of life improve with nerve stimulation
A national study led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. (2018-08-21)
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