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Could drugs for mood disorders, pain and epilepsy cause psychiatric disorders later in life?
Young animals treated with commonly-prescribed drugs develop behavioral abnormalities in adulthood say researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center. (2009-10-20)
BCM scientists find 'molecular trigger' for sudden death in epilepsy
The most common gene for long QT syndrome triggers epileptic seizures and could explain sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in a report in the current issue of Science Translational Medicine. (2009-10-14)
Study may explain how a well-known epilepsy and pain drug works
A Duke University Medical Center researcher who spent years looking for the signals that prompt the brain to form new connections between neurons has found one that may explain precisely how a well-known drug for epilepsy and pain actually works. (2009-10-12)
Packages of care for epilepsy in low- and middle-income countries
In the second in a six part series on treating mental health problems in resource-poor settings, Caroline Mbuba and Charles Newton discuss (2009-10-12)
Routine stroke prevention therapies are underused in the very elderly but could be very effective; more research in epilepsy in very old needed
Routine stroke prevention therapies are underused in the very elderly, but could be very effective in this age group. (2009-10-01)
New links between epilepsy and brain lipids
In mice that are missing a protein found only in the brain, neural signals (2009-09-17)
Gene mutation causes severe epilepsy, febrile seizures in thousands of infants worldwide
University of Utah medical researchers have identified a gene with mutations that cause febrile seizures and contribute to a severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome in some of the most vulnerable patients -- infants 6 months and younger. (2009-09-16)
Guideline: Kids with small head size at risk of neurologic problems, screening needed
A new guideline from the American Academy of Neurology, developed in full collaboration with the Child Neurology Society, finds that children with microcephaly -- that is, children whose head size is smaller than that of 97 percent of children -- are at risk of neurologic and cognitive problems and should be screened for these problems. (2009-09-14)
Syncope and implantable loop recorders: Good value for money?
The REVISE Study found that one in 8 adult patients in the United Kingdom, previously thought to be suffering from epilepsy or in whom this diagnosis was in doubt, in fact had symptoms as a result of an abnormal pattern of heart beating, commonly found in patients with syncope (fainting). (2009-09-01)
Marine biomedicine researchers decode structure of promising sea compound
A novel natural product yields potential new ways to fight diseases. (2009-08-28)
Fragile period of childhood brain development could underlie epilepsy
A form of partial epilepsy associated with auditory and other sensory hallucinations has been linked to the disruption of brain development during early childhood, according to a study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. (2009-08-23)
Children with newly diagnosed epilepsy at risk for cognitive problems
Children who have normal IQs before they experience a first seizure may also have problems with language, memory, learning and other cognitive skills, according to a study published in the Aug. (2009-08-12)
Seizures during pregnancy associated with risk of pre-term and small babies
Women with epilepsy who have seizures during pregnancy appear more likely to give birth to pre-term, small or low-birth-weight babies than women without epilepsy, according to a report in the August issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2009-08-10)
Epilepsy halted in mice
Scientists in Leeds have prevented epilepsy caused by a gene defect from being passed on to mice offspring -- an achievement which may herald new therapies for people suffering from the condition. (2009-08-03)
Anti-epilepsy drug risk on cognitive function for unborn children
Interim results of a study being conducted by scientists at the University of Liverpool suggest that children aged 3 years and younger, who are born to women taking the anti-epileptic drug sodium valproate whilst pregnant, are likely to have an IQ of six to nine points lower than average. (2009-07-21)
Duke, UNC scientists create entirely new way to study brain function
Scientists at Duke University and the University of North Carolina have devised a chemical technique that promises to allow neuroscientists to discover the function of any population of neurons in an animal brain, and provide clues to treating and preventing brain disease. (2009-07-15)
Ben-Gurion U discovers drug can prevent epilepsy following traumatic brain injury
The researchers prevent brain changes leading to epilepsy in rats treating with drug that blocks transforming growth factor-beta receptor. (2009-07-14)
Study pinpoints drugs that prevent epilepsy, seizures after severe brain injury
According to one theory, severe head injury causes leaks in the blood-brain barrier that allow entry of serum albumen, which triggers epilepsy and seizures. (2009-07-14)
Single gene mutation responsible for 'catastrophic epilepsy'
Catastrophic epilepsy -- characterized by severe muscle spasms, persistent seizures, mental retardation and sometimes autism -- results from a mutation in a single gene, said Baylor College of Medicine researchers in a report that appears in the current issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. (2009-07-07)
CU-Boulder study shows brain's immune system may cause chronic seizures
Chronic seizures caused by traumatic head injuries may result from chemicals released by the brain's immune system attempting to repair the injured site, according to a study led by the University of Colorado at Boulder. (2009-07-06)
Site for alcohol's action in the brain discovered
Alcohol's inebriating effects are familiar to everyone. But the molecular details of alcohol's impact on brain activity remain a mystery. (2009-06-28)
Reading the brain without poking it
Experimental devices that read brain signals have helped paralyzed people use computers and may let amputees control bionic limbs. (2009-06-28)
New findings encourage more vigilant monitoring of seizure activity among intensive care patients
Two new studies published by neurologists at Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital demonstrate a need for more vigilant monitoring for seizure activity among intensive care patients who may be experiencing subtle seizures that are typically unrecognized. (2009-06-17)
Rutgers research tackles childhood epilepsy
Rutgers researchers have discovered a potential new way to treat childhood epilepsy using a widely available therapeutic drug. (2009-06-10)
An innovative surgical technique gives hope to patients suffering from refractory epilepsy
Clinicians from the Centre hospitalier de l'Universite de Montreal have perfected an operation, which was previously considered too dangerous, to control refractory insular epilepsy, using an innovative microsurgery technique. (2009-06-10)
Findings in epilepsy gene in animals may guide treatment directions for infants
Researchers studying a difficult-to-treat form of childhood epilepsy called infantile spasms have developed a line of mice that experiences seizures with features closely resembling those occurring in human infants. (2009-06-01)
Drug's epilepsy-prevention effect may be widely applicable
A drug with potential to prevent epilepsy caused by a genetic condition may also help prevent more common forms of epilepsy caused by brain injury, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. (2009-06-01)
UCB launches Vimpat in the US for add-on treatment of epilepsy in adults
UCB today announced that Vimpat (lacosamide) C-V, a new antiepileptic drug is available in the US as an add-on therapy for the treatment of partial-onset seizures in people with epilepsy who are 17 years and older. (2009-05-26)
'Singing brains' offers epilepsy and schizophrenia clues
Studying the way a person's brain (2009-05-19)
U of Minnesota researcher develops brain-scanning process that holds promise for epilepsy treatments
University of Minnesota McKnight professor and director of Center for Neuroengineering Bin He has developed a new technique that has led to preliminary successes in noninvasive imaging of seizure foci. (2009-05-19)
Drug prevents seizure progression in model of epilepsy
Carnegie Mellon University researchers have identified a new anticonvulsant compound that has the potential to stop the development of epilepsy. (2009-05-04)
Study analyzing dialogue between neurologists and epilepsy patients identifies significant gaps
For 2.7 million Americans with epilepsy, seizures are not the only concern. (2009-04-30)
Studies uncover high and often overlooked costs associated with epilepsy
Employees with epilepsy cost health-care insurers and employers significantly more than those without the condition, according to findings from two studies presented here today at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting. (2009-04-30)
A glimpse at vision: First impressions count
Some experts believe that vision isn't possible without feedback from higher levels of the brain, but a study now demonstrates that the brain can rapidly recognize objects under a variety of conditions at a very early processing stage. (2009-04-29)
Guidelines: Pregnancy safe with epilepsy, but valproate should be avoided
New guidelines developed by the American Academy of Neurology and the American Epilepsy Society show it's relatively safe for women with epilepsy to become pregnant, but caution must be taken, including avoiding one particular epilepsy drug that can cause birth defects. (2009-04-27)
Researchers discover that gene switches on during development of epilepsy
A discovery made by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine while studying mice may help explain how some people without a genetic predisposition to epilepsy can develop the disorder. (2009-04-23)
New light on bipolar treatment drugs
Research from Cardiff University suggests a possible pathway for the operation of lithium in the treatment of bipolar disorder. (2009-04-21)
Study finds cognitive behavioral therapy can alleviate nonepileptic seizures
Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital have found that cognitive behavioral therapy can reduce the frequency of seizures in patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures, along with improving their overall quality of life. (2009-04-15)
Exposure to valproate during pregnancy can impair a child's cognitive development
Three-year-olds whose mothers took the anti-epileptic drug valproate during pregnancy had average IQs six to nine points lower than children exposed to three other anti-epileptic drugs, a landmark multicenter study has found. (2009-04-15)
Surgery safe for babies and toddlers suffering from seizures
A new study published in Epilepsia reveals surgery for babies and toddlers suffering from epilepsy is relatively safe and is effective in controlling seizures. (2009-03-23)
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