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What's the right amount of 'zapping' in epilepsy laser surgery?
A multicenter trial of minimally invasive laser surgery to treat epileptic seizures reveals approaches for better seizure control with fewer side effects. (2019-05-21)
CBD clinical trial results on seizure frequency in dogs 'encouraging'
Dr. Stephanie McGrath found in a small study that 89 percent of dogs who received CBD in the clinical trial had a reduction in the frequency of seizures. (2019-05-21)
Brain network activity can improve in epilepsy patients after surgery
Successful epilepsy surgery can improve brain connectivity similar to patterns seen in people without epilepsy, according to a new study published in the journal Neurosurgery. (2019-05-16)
Patients with both schizophrenia and epilepsy die alarmingly early
More than one in four patients with schizophrenia and epilepsy die before reaching the age of fifty. (2019-05-16)
Automatic neurological disease diagnosis using deep learning
A team of researchers from Osaka University and The University of Tokyo developed MNet, an automatic diagnosis system for neurological diseases using magnetoencephalography (MEG), demonstrating the possibility of making automatic neurological disease diagnoses using MEG. (2019-05-16)
Novel tool used to mine clinical data and identify causative gene in childhood epilepsy
Researchers systematically compared phenotypes, or clinical data, of patients with severe childhood epilepsies through a novel analysis strategy and looked for common genetic causes in patients who had similar clinical presentations. (2019-05-16)
New drug could help treat neonatal seizures
A new drug that inhibits neonatal seizures in rodent models could open up new avenues for the treatment of epilepsy in human newborns. (2019-05-15)
New tool to predict epileptic seizures in pregnancy could save lives
A new risk calculator for pregnant women with epilepsy, developed by researchers from Queen Mary University of London, has been found to accurately predict the risk of seizures during pregnancy and up to six weeks after delivery, and could save the lives of mothers and babies. (2019-05-13)
Fooling nerve cells into acting normal
In a new study, scientists at the University of Missouri have discovered that a neuron's own electrical signal, or voltage, can indicate whether the neuron is functioning normally. (2019-05-09)
Alternative treatment for epileptic seizures in children identified
A new study published in The Lancet, involving researchers from the University of Liverpool and Alder Hey Children's Hospital Trust, has identified a 'user friendly' treatment for the most common life-threatening neurological emergency in children. (2019-05-07)
Access to medical cannabis must be improved, argue top doctor and mother of Alfie Dingley
Despite a change in the law last year, access to medical cannabis in the UK has been much slower than patients and parents had hoped, warns an expert in The BMJ today. (2019-05-01)
Study reveals how glial cells may play key epilepsy role
In eLife, MIT neuroscientists present a new, detailed accounting of how a mutation in a fly model of epilepsy undermines the ability of glial cells to regulate the balance of ions that neurons need to avoid producing seizures. (2019-04-30)
Can the effects of the ketogenic diet help prevent epilepsy after traumatic brain injury?
Neuroscientists at Tufts prevented the development of epileptic activity in mice after traumatic brain injury by using a drug that mimics the metabolic effects of the ketogenic diet. (2019-04-30)
Cannabis-based medicine may reduce seizures for children with difficult-to-treat epilepsy
Taking a pharmaceutical formulation of cannabidiol, a cannabis-based medicine, cut seizures nearly in half for children with a rare and severe type of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome, according to a phase 3 study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 71st Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, May 4-10, 2019. (2019-04-30)
Tel Aviv university study paves way for innovative treatment of epilepsy
Tel Aviv University researchers have discovered that a drug commonly used to treat multiple sclerosis may, after necessary modifications, one day be used to treat patients with epilepsy. (2019-04-29)
Gene repair improves memory and seizures in adult autism model
There may be reason to treat severe neurodevelopmental disorders at any stage of life, a new study of SYNGAP1 related autism suggests. (2019-04-26)
Québec siblings with rare orphan disease lead to discovery of rare genetic diseases
Mutations in a gene involved in brain development have led to the discovery of two new neurodevelopmental diseases by an international team led by researchers at McGill University and CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center. (2019-04-25)
Trigger region found for absence epileptic seizures
Scientists have discovered a neurological origin for absence seizures--a type of seizure characterized by very short periods of lost consciousness in which people appear to stare blankly at nothing. (2019-04-24)
Measuring brain activity in milliseconds possible through new research
Researchers from King's College London, Harvard and INSERM-Paris have discovered a new way to measure brain function in milliseconds using magnetic resonance elastography (MRE). (2019-04-17)
Stimulating the epileptic brain breaks up neural networks to prevent seizures
Reactive neurostimulation reduces seizure frequency by remodeling the brain, and early electrical signatures of this process could be used to accelerate and personalize treatment. (2019-04-15)
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)
Pairing music with medication offers potential therapeutic strategy to manage pain
Researchers at University of Utah Health found pairing music with one of four pain medications offered a promising complementary strategy to treat pain. (2019-03-27)
Using connectomics to understand epilepsy
Abnormalities in structural brain networks and how brain regions communicate may underlie a variety of disorders, including epilepsy, which is one focus of a two-part Special Issue on the Brain Connectome in Brain Connectivity, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. (2019-03-26)
Antiepileptics increase the risk of pneumonia among persons with Alzheimer's disease
People with Alzheimer's disease using antiepileptic drugs have twice the risk of pneumonia compared to non-users, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows. (2019-03-21)
Researchers point to a common cause in sudden death syndromes
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) are syndromes that share many medical similarities but whose physiological causes are poorly understood. (2019-03-21)
Our brains may ripple before remembering
In a study of epilepsy patients, researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that split seconds before we recall past experiences tiny electrical waves, called ripples, may flow through key parts of our brains that help store our memories, setting the stage for successful retrieval. (2019-03-15)
Using an anti-smoking drug to control neurons
A potent chemogenetic system pairs an anti-smoking drug with specially engineered proteins to change neuron activity. (2019-03-14)
Big data takes aim at a big human problem
A James Cook University scientist is part of an international team that's used new 'big data' analysis to achieve a major advance in understanding neurological disorders such as Epilepsy, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. (2019-03-12)
Scientists find first evidence for necessary role of the human hippocampus in planning
A team of scientists reports finding the first evidence that the human hippocampus is necessary for future planning. (2019-03-12)
Less-invasive procedure helps surgeons pinpoint epilepsy surgical candidates
A minimally invasive procedure to determine whether patients with drug-resistant epilepsy are candidates for brain surgery is safer, more efficient, and leads to better outcomes than the traditional method, according to new research by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). (2019-03-07)
Epilepsy: Triangular relationship in the brain
When an epileptic seizure occurs in the brain, the nerve cells lose their usual pattern and fire in a very fast rhythm. (2019-02-25)
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)
Trinity College Dublin researchers describe the first model of mitochondrial epilepsy
Researchers from Trinity College Dublin have become the first to describe a model of mitochondrial epilepsy which raises hope for better therapies for patients with this incapacitating condition.Despite the severity of this epilepsy, up to now there have been no animal models available to provide a mechanistic understanding of the condition. (2019-02-15)
No association between antiepileptic drug use and dementia
Epilepsy is a common neurological condition with a prevalence of around 2 percent. (2019-02-13)
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)
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)
Fralin Biomedical Research Institute scientists link concussions to epilepsy development
Experiments by Fralin Biomedical Research Institute scientists show a strong relationship between changes in astrocytes after mild traumatic brain injury and the eventual occurrence of a seizure. (2019-01-22)
Antiepileptic drugs linked to accumulation of hospital days in persons with Alzheimer's disease
People with Alzheimer's disease who used antiepileptic drugs had a higher number of accumulated hospital days than people with Alzheimer's disease who did not use antiepileptics, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. (2019-01-22)
How concussions may lead to epilepsy
Researchers have identified a cellular response to repeated concussions that may contribute to seizures in mice like those observed following traumatic brain injury in humans. (2019-01-21)
Implantable device curbs seizures and improves cognition in epileptic rats
A protein-secreting device implanted into the hippocampus of epileptic rats reduces seizures by 93 percent in three months, finds preclinical research published in JNeurosci. (2019-01-21)
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