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Study looks at major advances in pediatric epilepsy surgery at UCLA over 2 decades
A new study from the UCLA Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program has found that surgery at UCLA to treat catastrophic pediatric epilepsy -- cerebral hemispherectomy being one type -- has improved over the past two decades and has led to more successful outcomes, including freedom from seizures. (2010-05-17)
Children with epilepsy say their quality of life is better than their parents think
UCLA researchers found that children with epilepsy say their quality of life is comparable to that of their healthy siblings. (2010-05-13)
Rare disease in Amish children sheds light on common neurological disorders
Researchers investigating a regulatory protein involved in a rare genetic disease have shown that it may be related to epileptic and autistic symptoms in other more common neurological disorders. (2010-05-11)
Vaccination linked with early onset of seizures in Dravet syndrome but clinical outlook unaffected
Childhood vaccination is linked with earlier onset of the neurological disorder Dravet syndrome, finds a retrospective study. (2010-05-04)
Studying altered brain cells sheds light on epilepsy
Neuroscience researchers have zeroed in on a novel mechanism that helps control the firing of electrical signals among neurons. (2010-04-25)
New drug for migraine treatment: Telcagepant
A new drug for migraine treatment, telcagepant, is in the final stages of development. (2010-04-21)
Chloride channels render nerve cells more excitable
Scientists discover how nerve cells may influence their own activity. (2010-04-21)
Adverse drug effects in epileptic patients not correlated with number of prescribed medications
Researchers have found that polytherapy with multiple anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) did not result in greater adverse effects than monotherapy for patients with refractory epilepsy. (2010-04-20)
Sensor gives valuable data for neurological diseases and treatments
A new biosensor developed at Purdue University can measure whether neurons are performing correctly when communicating with each other, giving researchers a tool to test the effectiveness of new epilepsy or seizure treatments. (2010-04-19)
Language dysfunction in children may be due to epileptic brain activity
Epileptic activity in the brain can affect language development in children, and EEG registrations should therefore be carried out more frequently on children with severe language impairment to identify more readily those who may need medical treatment, reveals a thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg. (2010-04-19)
Driving ban for epileptics
Physicians treating patients with epilepsy are in a difficult legal situation when they have to assess their patients' ability to drive. (2010-04-15)
New genetic framework could help explain drug side effects
In a major step toward predicting adverse drug reactions, systems biologists at Mount Sinai School of Medicine have integrated genetic, cellular and clinical information to find out why certain medicines can trigger fatal heart arrhythmias. (2010-04-15)
Rare gene variants linked to high risk of broad range of seizure disorders
Scientists at Duke University Medical Center have uncovered evidence suggesting that people missing large chunks of DNA on chromosome 16 are much more likely than others to develop a chronic seizure disorder during their lifetime. (2010-04-15)
Mount Sinai researchers discover genetic framework to explain and predict adverse drug reactions
In a new study, researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine have taken a major step toward the ability to predict adverse drug reactions, using genetic, cellular, and clinical information to learn why some medicines cause heart arrhythmias in patients. (2010-04-15)
Ginkgo herbal medicines may increase seizures in people with epilepsy
Restrictions should be placed on the use of Ginkgo biloba -- a top-selling herbal remedy -- because of growing scientific evidence that Ginkgo may increase the risk of seizures in people with epilepsy and could reduce the effectiveness of anti-seizure drugs, a new report concludes. (2010-04-14)
What causes seizure in focal epilepsy?
In focal epilepsy, seizures are generated by a localized, synchronous neuronal electrical discharge that may spread to large portions of the brain. (2010-04-13)
Gene identified for sudden unexpected death in epilepsy
A mutation in a brain protein gene may trigger irregular heart beat and sudden death in people with epilepsy, according to new research in the April 14 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. (2010-04-13)
UCLA researchers make first direct recording of mirror neurons in human brain
For the first time, UCLA researchers have made the first direct recording of mirror neurons in the living human brain, thus providing definitive proof of their existence. (2010-04-12)
Research supporting role of AED Vimpat (Lacosamide)(C-V) highlighted at AAN Meeting
The anti-epileptic drug (AED) Vimpat (lacosamide) (C-V) will be the subject of numerous studies and analyses -- both UCB-sponsored and independent -- at the 62nd annual American Academy of Neurology meeting, taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Center in Toronto from April 10-17. (2010-04-09)
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder linked to high prevalence of epilepsy, Queen's study
Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder show a very high prevalence of developing epilepsy and having seizures, according to a national study by Queen's University researchers. (2010-04-06)
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder linked to high prevalence of epilepsy
Children with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) can suffer from many developmental problems. (2010-04-05)
The consequences of brain contusion
It has been thought that the loss of physical and psychological function after traumatic brain injury is closely related to injuries in brain structures. (2010-03-30)
Article on memory may make a lasting impression, depending on theta phase lock
They say there's only one chance to make a first impression, but what makes that memory last? (2010-03-24)
Deep brain stimulation reduces epileptic seizures in patients with refractory partial and secondarily generalized seizures
A recent study organized by Stanford University researchers found patients with refractory partial and secondarily generalized seizures had a reduction in seizures after deep brain stimulation. (2010-03-18)
New study identifies best treatment for childhood epilepsy
One of the oldest available anti-seizure medications, ethosuximide, is the most effective treatment for childhood absence epilepsy, according to initial outcomes published in this week's New England Journal of Medicine (2010-03-12)
Study reinforces role of AED Vimpat (lacosamide) (C-V) as add-on treatment for POS
Vimpat demonstrated significantly greater seizure reduction versus placebo when added to other antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). (2010-03-11)
Comparative effectiveness trial leads to evidence-based care for childhood epilepsy
The first comprehensive comparative effectiveness clinical trial of three widely used anti-seizure drugs for childhood absence epilepsy -- the most common form of epilepsy in kids -- has established an evidence-based approach for initial drug therapy. (2010-03-03)
Lacosamide validated as promising therapy for uncontrolled partial-onset seizures
A recent multicenter study has confirmed earlier study results that 400 mg/day of lacosamide provides a good balance of efficacy and tolerability for patients with uncontrolled partial-onset seizures, and doses of 600mg/day may provide additional benefit for some patients. (2010-02-25)
Neural mechanism may underlie an enhanced memory for the unexpected
The human brain excels at using past experiences to make predictions about the future. (2010-02-24)
Study supports alternative anti-seizure medication following acute brain injury
A study by researchers at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute at University Hospital supports the use of an alternative medication to prevent seizures in patients who have suffered a life-threatening traumatic brain injury or bleeding stroke. (2010-02-17)
Drama or reality TV: Do medical shows depict proper first aid for seizures?
Watching TV medical shows might not be the best way to learn what to do when someone has a seizure. (2010-02-14)
Noninvasive testing, earlier surgery can stop seizures in tuberous sclerosis complex
A study by researchers with UCLA's Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program has found that an alternative, noninvasive approach to presurgical testing, along with earlier consideration for surgery, is associated with the best seizure-free surgical outcome in patients with tuberous sclerosis complex. (2010-01-28)
UC Davis to study drug therapy to minimize death and disability from traumatic brain injury
A clinical trial of a new neuroprotective drug for people with traumatic brain injuries will be offered to patients seen in UC Davis Medical Center's level-1 trauma center, through an $8 million grant funded by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program of the US Department of Defense. (2010-01-15)
MIT research finds 'noisiest' neurons persist in the adult brain
MIT neuroscientists have discovered that when it comes to new neurons in the adult brain, the squeakiest wheels get the grease. (2010-01-13)
UV LED therapy shows promising results in preventing focal seizures
Researchers from the University of Minnesota Medical School discovered that light from an ultraviolet diode (UV LED) reduced (2010-01-06)
MIT neuroengineers silence brain cells with multiple colors of light
Neuroscientists at MIT have developed a powerful new class of tools to reversibly shut down brain activity using different colors of light. (2010-01-06)
Silencing brain cells with yellow and blue light
Neuroscientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a powerful new class of tools to reversibly shut down brain activity using different colors of light. (2010-01-06)
More than fish bait: Worms unlock secrets to new epilepsy treatments
Scientists from the University of Alabama used worms to reel in information they hope will lead to a greater understanding of cellular mechanisms that may be exploited to treat epilepsy. (2009-12-09)
Pivotal trial data demonstrate Neuropace RNS system reduced seizures in people with epilepsy
NeuroPace Inc. announces results from its pivotal trial that demonstrated the RNS System, a novel investigational device that utilizes responsive brain neurostimulation, significantly reduced the frequency of seizures among people who have a common form of epilepsy that is difficult to treat with medication. (2009-12-07)
Mayo Clinic researchers show brain waves can 'write' on a computer in early tests
Neuroscientists at the Mayo Clinic campus in Jacksonville, Fla., have demonstrated how brain waves can be used to type alphanumerical characters on a computer screen. (2009-12-06)
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